Retailers seeking holiday help

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Many area retailers are hiring part-time workers for the holiday season. “The idea is to get everybody ready for Black Friday,” said Sean Penrose, a home theater salesman for Best Buy. “That’s our Super Bowl.” Good help is...

FitzGerald blasts Kasich’s record

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gov. John Kasich bloated the state budget by starving schools, cities and counties of funds, Democrat Ed FitzGerald said Tuesday. It’s why local tax levies have become more common, said FitzGerald, who is hoping to unseat his Republican opponent in...

Good business climate helped lure McLane

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s good business climate, more than its location, convinced McLane Co. to build a $119 million grocery distribution center here, Mike Youngblood, McLane’s chief operating officer, said Thursday. Youngblood, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and...

State taking Ebola concerns ‘very seriously’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gov. John Kasich is taking “very seriously” Ohioans’ concerns about a Texas nurse who visited Summit County and was later diagnosed with Ebola, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor told Findlay residents Thursday. The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, 29,...

Changing times at Cooper

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. this year is marking its 100th anniversary. In the last of a four-part series, Courier business reporter Lou Wilin takes a close look at the company’s successes and struggles over the years. By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Wall...

Cooper thrived as competitors failed

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. this year is marking its 100th anniversary. In the third part of a four-part series, Courier business reporter Lou Wilin takes a close look at the company’s successes and struggles over the years. By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER...

Ivan Gorr’s big bet paid off

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The recession-riddled early 1980s were tough for most industries. Business was hard to come by and, even when a company had struck a deal, it worried about whether the customer would pay. Former Cooper Tire subsidiary Cooper Industrial Products had that...

Cooper Tire: 100 and still rolling

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. this year is marking its 100th anniversary. In a four-part series starting today, Courier business reporter Lou Wilin takes a close look at the company’s successes and struggles over the years. Current Cooper executives...

Cancer center expansion plans OK’d

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Construction of a $4.25 million, 13,892-square-foot expansion of Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center will start next month and be completed by fall 2015. Findlay City Planning Commission on Thursday approved plans to add a laboratory, pharmacy and...

Partner to buy Cooper’s interest in Chinese plant

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s disaffected Chinese partner plans to buy out Cooper’s 65 percent ownership of a huge tire plant. The news is a potential setback to Cooper’s growth ambitions in the world’s fastest-growing tire...