Rides at county fair inspected early, often

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER No corners will be cut in ensuring the safety of the amusement rides at the Hancock County Fair, Bryce Burton said as he assembled his rides. “We just can’t be too safe,” said Burton, co-owner of Burton Brothers Amusements, which has...

Flood control: Was Congress doing its job?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a seven-day series of stories that look back, and attempt to look forward, at the issue of flood control in Hancock and Putnam counties. The stories have been written in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the disastrous flood of...

Army Corps ‘didn’t really do anything’

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a seven-day series of stories that look back, and attempt to look forward, at the issue of flood control in Hancock and Putnam counties. The stories have been written in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the disastrous flood of...

Worse flooding: Climate change a suspect

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER If Findlay and Hancock County residents were polled, most would likely dismiss climate change as a non-threat. Yet climate change is “one possible suspect” in the increase in larger floods in Findlay since 1990, said Scott Peyton, senior...

Findlay City Council tables Hancock-Wood franchise agreement

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council tightrope-walked Tuesday, urging American Electric Power to be nicer to Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, but tabling a measure that would have strengthened Hancock-Wood’s hand. By a 9-1 vote, council tabled a proposed...

Autoliv plans new building

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Autoliv Nissin Brake Systems America and its 200 workers may be moving from Tall Timbers Industrial Park to a building to be constructed a half-mile away. The company sought feedback Thursday from Findlay City Planning Commission on plans for 194,400...

Campbell starts construction of $44M distribution center

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Campbell Soup Co. began construction Tuesday of a $44 million, 740,000-square-foot distribution center which will employ over 200 in about a year on Findlay’s north end. Key draws were Findlay’s location along Interstate 75, and proximity to...

Findlay addressing 3 economic shortages

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay leaders are working to erase shortages that are stunting the area’s economic health: a lack of industrial buildings, workers and housing. Construction of a 100,000-square-foot speculative building for industry or warehousing will start in...

Cooper Tire profits deflate by 36 percent

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Paying more for raw materials and selling fewer tires, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. saw its profit fall 36 percent last quarter to $45.3 million, the company reported Friday. Earnings in the April-to-June quarter amounted to 85 cents per share. Sales...

Gene Stevens’ 40-year ride as car dealer comes to end

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It did not always look to Gene Stevens like his survival as a car dealer, much less success, was a sure thing. After he bought the only dealership he could afford in 1977, part of him longed to return to his former life selling cars for Findlay Pontiac...