Panel: More automation expected in logistics

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Automation is a growing part of business logistics, participants in a University of Findlay forum emphasized Friday. The audience also heard a discussion that touched on career opportunities, robots displacing workers, and whether young people should go...

Cooper buys interest in Chinese plant

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. said Thursday it has completed its $87 million purchase of a joint venture with a truck and bus tiremaker in China. Cooper’s 65 percent owner interest in the Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Co. (GRT) factory will increase...

Marathon defends strategy

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Though Marathon Petroleum Corp. last month announced a plan to boost its stock price, this week it is deflecting suggestions that it is not doing enough. Hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., of New York, on Monday recommended Marathon consider separating...

Stores prepare for shopping frenzy

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Yes, online shopping has become mainstream. Yes, it has lowered tolerance for parking hassles, obnoxious fellow shoppers, and the frustration of not finding the right clothing size, according to consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow. And yet, barely after the...

Holiday shoppers buy more for selves

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Shoppers buy more for themselves during the holidays than they used to, according to consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow. But it does not necessarily signal a growth in greed. “It’s not just, ‘I’m supposed to be shopping for Aunt...

Defendant testifies sex was consensual

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The Arlington teen charged with sexually assaulting a classmate said in court Thursday that the sex was consensual. His attorneys also paraded in nine former friends and classmates who said the alleged victim has a reputation for being untruthful. Kyle...

Alleged victim testifies in rape trial

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The girl who allegedly was sexually assaulted by an Arlington teen in October 2014 said in court Wednesday that she repeatedly told him to stop and she tried to get away. Prosecution witnesses testified Wednesday in the jury trial of Kyle McDowell, 19,...

Snapchat messages introduced at trial

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER An Arlington teen charged with sexually assaulting a classmate appeared to be racked with guilt and fear after the alleged incident and police began investigating, according to his own social media messaging to the girl. Prosecution witnesses began...

Rape trial gets underway

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Opening statements Monday in the jury trial of an Arlington teen charged with sexually assaulting a former classmate centered on whether the sex was consensual. Kyle McDowell, 19, is charged with three counts of rape, all first-degree felonies; gross...

Office building plans approved

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Construction of a 21,290-square-foot, two-story office building, south of Allen Township 215 and northeast of the wind farm serving Whirlpool Corp. and Ball Corp., will start in weeks. A plan for the One Energy office building was approved Thursday by...