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...

Brewery/bar plans unveiled

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A craft beer brewery and bar will be coming to Findlay’s Carriage House Plaza on Tiffin Avenue by year-end. The business, called Crafted, will brew its own beers initially, but it hopes to eventually sell beer made by other craft breweries, said...

Educator’s clothing store focuses on affordability

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Trends! on Main, 501 S. Main St., is about affordability in fashion, but a few years ago it also tried offering more higher-priced dresses. “We really just listen to our customers. Our girls were telling us, ‘We want more designer...