Downtown boutique competes by offering better service

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The Dressing Room Boutique’s owner was educated in fashion design and spent 25 years as a corporate retail executive. Just as important, according to Lori Bowman Fournier, she understands local women and their values. “I was raised here. I...

Rep. Jordan: Vital to keep GOP majority

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan is interested in becoming the next U.S. House speaker. But more pressing is the need to keep the House Republican majority during the midterm congressional elections in November, he said Thursday. “If we don’t, there may...

Marathon buying big refiner for $23B

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s Marathon Petroleum Corp. will buy western rival Andeavor for $23.3 billion, making Marathon the largest refiner in the United States and fifth-largest worldwide. Marathon Petroleum will grow from six refineries in the Midwest and Gulf...

MPLX drives profit increase

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s energy logistics and natural gas processing subsidiary, MPLX, drove Marathon’s profit increase in the January-March quarter, the company reported Monday. Earnings rose 23 percent from last year’s first quarter...

Cooper Tire profits deflate in 1st quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Selling fewer tires in a weak market, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. saw its profit fall nearly 73 percent from a year ago to $8.3 million in the January-March quarter, the company reported Monday. Earnings amounted to 16 cents per share. Sales declined...

Rep. Jordan spends campaign funds to help other candidates

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Building his power in the U.S. House, Jim Jordan, representative of Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, since February has given $52,000 from his campaign war chest to 18 Republican House candidates in 12 states. Jordan, R-Urbana, is founder and...

Sprague spends $428K on state treasurer contest

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The vast majority of the campaign money in the race for the Republican nomination for state treasurer is going to Findlay’s Robert Sprague. After spending $428,288 since January, Sprague’s campaign warchest still had $208,483 on Thursday,...

Rematch likely in 4th District race

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Janet Garrett has little opposition for the Democratic nomination on May 8 to represent Ohio’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Incumbent Jim Jordan is essentially unopposed in seeking the Republican nomination for re-election to the...

‘Unapologetic conservative’ Taylor campaigns in Findlay

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Stumping for Republican votes at Findlay’s Southside Family Restaurant on Wednesday, gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor touted herself as the “unapologetic conservative” and portrayed opponent Mike DeWine as liberal. The humble eatery...

State grant OK’d for Leipsic road project

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — Leipsic won an $856,050 grant Monday from the state to help pay for resurfacing a road that will be handling much more semi traffic from a Pro-Tec expansion. The company, which coats and treats sheet steel for cars, will be building a...