New Cooper CEO sees 62 percent increase in compensation in 2016

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Brad Hughes, who became chief executive officer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. last September, earned $4.2 million compensation in 2016, a 62 percent increase from 2015. His predecessor, Roy Armes, who retired Aug. 31 after nearly 10 years at the helm,...

City may prohibit bicycling on downtown sidewalks

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A proposed ban on bicycling on downtown sidewalks will get a first reading before Findlay City Council today. City officials for years have been receiving complaints about bicyclists nearly colliding with pedestrians on sidewalks, said Paul Schmelzer,...

JCPenney closing Findlay Mall store

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The JCPenney store at Findlay Village Mall will be one of 138 Penney stores closing over the next few months as the company adapts to the rise of online retailers. The Findlay store expects to close June 18, said Jonathan Davis, store manager. He...

Marathon CEO’s compensation declines

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gary Heminger, Marathon Petroleum Corp. chief executive officer and chairman, earned $16.6 million in 2016, or 11 percent less than in 2015, the company reported. Heminger’s salary increased by $12,500 to $1.6 million, Marathon Petroleum reported...

Developer makes deal with port authority to reduce taxes on apartments

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A developer will avoid $337,500 in sales taxes by temporarily ceding ownership of the proposed site of 64 luxury apartments and a clubhouse, west of Findlay, to the Blanchard Valley Port Authority. Government bodies like the port authority do not pay...

Whitsons plan to build $12M hotel in Findlay

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A $12 million, 112-room Holiday Inn Express will be under construction by Whitson Properties by June. The new Findlay hotel will be just south of the company’s Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate Drive. Whitson Properties, which owns an existing...

Four join Agriculture Hall of Fame

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Corn and soybean farmer John Motter and agriculture business teacher Dave Reese were inducted Thursday into the Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame. In addition, top cattle producer Mervin Alexander Sr. and longtime grain and livestock farmer Donald...

Officials celebrate business growth award

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER On a night when Findlay and Hancock County community leaders celebrated Findlay’s third consecutive first-place award for business growth, besting hundreds of other cities nationwide, the community added some unofficial honors. Findlay-Hancock...

Rep. Sprague running for Ohio treasurer

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, is trying to go where no other Hancock County resident has gone before, a statewide elective office. Sprague announced Monday he is running for state treasurer in 2018. Current Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, also a...

Sprague: State investments can make a difference

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER As statewide offices go, state treasurer has generally been among the farthest from the limelight. But State Rep. Robert Sprague promises to change that if he’s elected. Sprague said he would use the office to fight radical Islamic terrorism and...