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Robert Sprague covers the state in campaign for Ohio treasurer

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Robert Sprague is working 12- to 16-hour days, seven days a week, to go where no one from Findlay has ever gone. The state representative is running for election on Nov. 6 to a statewide office, state treasurer. Sprague, a Republican, will face Democrat...

Cooper Service: It’s a team effort

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It comes as no surprise to Findlay residents that Cooper Service sells Cooper tires. But the business at 401 E. Main Cross St. also does much more. “We also offer service, full service, such as oil changes, brake jobs, alignments, shocks, struts,...

Senator Brown hears views on worker shortage, addiction battle

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met Wednesday with Findlay and Hancock County community leaders, seeking their views on how to address worker shortages caused by the addiction epidemic. Brown, D-Ohio, also discussed his legislative efforts during the meeting at...

Cooper Tire’s profits deflate in 2nd quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Selling fewer tires, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. saw its profit fall 67 percent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier to $15 million, the company reported Monday. Earnings translated to 30 cents per share. Sales declined 3 percent last quarter...

Findlay’s average income growing

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Additions of hundreds of high-paying jobs at Marathon Petroleum Corp. and other companies helped average purchasing power in Findlay rise proportionately more than anywhere else in the nation in the last 10 years, according to a study. Average purchasing...

Valfilm fills void left by Dow

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER What looked like a dark day for Findlay’s economy in late 2014 became a success story when Valfilm bought the plant that Dow Chemical Co. was closing. Valfilm, maker of films for food packaging, automotive, construction and telecommunications,...

Marathon profits show big increase

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Higher refining profit margins helped more than double Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s profit from a year earlier in the April-June quarter, to $1.06 billion, the company reported Thursday. Earnings amounted to $2.27 per diluted share. Marathon’s...

Area farmers give Trump aid plan mixed reviews

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It’s been a painful year for Duane Stateler and many other farmers in Hancock County. First, President Donald Trump threatened a trade war. Everyone knew farm goods would become collateral damage when other countries retaliated with their own...

New owner, new life for downtown Findlay building

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A vacant, 128-year-old downtown Findlay building has a new owner and a promising future. Local businessman Mike Mallett has bought the former home of Muddy River Bicycle Co. and Finders Records, 401-405 S. Main St. Among the prospective uses for the...

Gardner bill aims to help farmers reduce lake algae

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Many Hancock County farmers think they have been unfairly blamed for algae blooms in Lake Erie, which kill fish and can sicken and kill people. So it dismayed them last week when Gov. John Kasich issued an executive order that could lead to increased...