Marathon chokes competition, suit by Kentucky says

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. illegally chokes competition and raises gasoline prices in Kentucky, the state’s attorney general, Jack Conway, alleges in a lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Louisville. Marathon misuses its dominance, verging on...

Township to keep zoning ordinance

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Delaware Township resoundingly voted Tuesday to keep its 14-year-old zoning ordinance, which gives the township trustees more control over businesses wishing to locate there. Sixty-one township residents, or 63 percent, voted to keep the ordinance....

At-large council race: GOP selects 3

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Tom Shindledecker, Jeff Wobser and Grant Russel won Republican nominations for at-large seats on Findlay City Council in Tuesday’s primary election. Newcomer Wobser and incumbents Shindledecker and Russel will compete in November with Democrat Mary...

Two countywide levies before voters

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Tax proposals for Blanchard Valley Center and for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, and Republican contests for Findlay city offices will be decided in Tuesday’s primary election in Hancock County. County and state elections officials have...

Cooper Tire profits deflate

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s sales dropped 17 percent last quarter from a year earlier after Cooper sold its interest in a Chinese factory. Profit in the January-March quarter fell 10 percent to $41 million, or 69 cents per share. Sales were $663...

MPLX expansion plans unveiled

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER To please investors, Marathon Petroleum Corp. plans to grow its steady-earning, big-dividend-paying subsidiary MPLX by selling key Marathon marine assets to it. Marathon did not report a price for the assets Thursday. The transaction is expected to close...

Marathon pumps up profits

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Refining more oil at higher profit margins last quarter, Marathon Petroleum Corp. quadrupled its profit to $891 million. The good results were amplified from a year earlier, when scheduled maintenance idled its largest refineries. Marathon...

Downtown business owners upset by loss of parking spots

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Business owners in the 100 block of Findlay’s East Sandusky Street say they are losing customers since on-street parking spaces vanished during construction of a nearby Marathon Petroleum Corp. parking garage. Several parking spaces have...

Refinery workers bring protests back to Marathon’s headquarters

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER First, the three striking union workers from Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Texas refinery stood outside Marathon’s corporate headquarters, shouting that their employer was spurning safety. Then, the three left other protesting workers behind and...

Oxley hoping for new leadership

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Former U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley brought his signature charisma and one-liners home to Findlay as he discussed politics past and present in a speech Monday to Findlay Rotary Club. Oxley, 71, who represented Hancock and neighboring counties in the U.S....