State legislative races contested

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Voters in Hancock and neighboring counties will nominate 12 candidates for Ohio House and Senate seats in the March 15 primary election. Republican nominations are contested for the 83rd and 87th House District seats, and for the 12th Senate District...

Findlay stays atop business growth list

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER For the second straight year, Findlay ranked first for business growth among 575 small cities nationwide in 2015, according to Site Selection magazine. It won the distinction with a list of 26 projects, including construction of five wind turbines near...

New I-75 walls to reduce traffic noise

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The $220 million widening of Interstate 75 north of Findlay to three lanes in each direction will be finished by September 2017, a state transportation official said Monday. Then, widening of I-75 in Findlay to three lanes in each direction and...

Highly-automated, McLane distribution center to employ 425

Hundreds of jobs, averaging $57,000 in wages per year, will be coming to Findlay this fall as McLane Co. finishes construction of a $119 million grocery distribution center. The 337,831-square-foot center is south of Hancock County 212 and across from Lowe’s Distribution Center....

Findlay area contractors benefit greatly from Marathon expansion project

  Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s current $90 million expansion in downtown Findlay has meant tens of millions in revenue for contractors and building suppliers, and an economic jolt for Findlay and northwestern Ohio. Findlay contractors and suppliers are earning $33.3 million...

Findlay Country Club $1.5 million remodel

Findlay Country Club is catching up with time and with Findlay. Societal changes and downtown Findlay’s renaissance and rising popularity have spurred a $1.5 million remodeling at the country club. Pub and dining areas are being reconfigured with new televisions, chairs, tables...

Whirlpool Dishing Out Success

Making 12,500 dishwashers daily, including 11 different brands, is not a simple process at Whirlpool Corp.’s Findlay plant, the world’s largest dishwasher factory. Thousands of parts, some made at the plant, and others supplied from elsewhere — including hinges, wheel assemblies,...

Cooper CEO Armes plans retirement

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Roy Armes, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. chief executive officer and chairman, will retire Aug. 31 after nine years at the helm. His successor as chief executive officer will be Bradley Hughes, who is chief operating officer. Succeeding Armes as chairman...

Cooper boosts operating profit

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Selling more high-profit tires and benefiting from low raw material costs, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. increased its operating profit 91 percent last quarter to $102.5 million. Fourth-quarter net income was down from a year ago, but only because Cooper...

Economist offers rosy forecast for nation’s economy this year

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Employment and incomes will grow faster this year than in any year since the Great Recession of 2008-2009, an economist told a Findlay audience on Thursday. Even better: The trend likely will continue for years, according to Robert Morgan, managing...