Progress 2017: Business retention, expansion is No. 1 priority for Mayle

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Studies show that 80 percent of new jobs created in communities come from existing businesses instead of new ones. So it is the nonglamorous work of keeping in touch with companies, trying to help them get what they need to grow and remain here, that is...

Progress 2017: Employment rises at major industries

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Employment grew or remained stable at most of Hancock County’s major industries last year, and more of the same is forecast for 2017. McLane Co. hired 100 workers for the opening of its $119 million, 337,831-square-foot grocery distribution center...

Progress 2017: Phosphorus ‘a real critical element’ in crop production

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Perhaps the only one defamed more than the farmer in the toxic algae bloom problem is phosphorus. But that same phosphorus that fuels poisonous algae blooms is critical for keeping everyone well-fed with wheat, corn and soybeans. “Algae is a plant...

Progress 2017: Area auto dealers enjoy booming business

By LOU WILIN and ALLISON REAMER STAFF WRITERS Area auto dealers, like others across the country, continued their multi-year, record-setting upward sales trajectory in 2016. “Last year was a great year for the car industry,” said John LaRiche, dealer-owner of LaRiche...

Progress 2017: Area farmers ‘being better managers of phosphorus’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock County farmers, who had already been good environmental stewards, are ratcheting up their efforts to minimize a problem 35 miles away. Cities like Toledo and Findlay deserve blame for algae blooms in Lake Erie, which kill fish and can sicken and...

WITH VIDEOS: Stantec’s proposal gets mixed reactions

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The latest proposal for flood reduction in Findlay drew a warmer response from residents Wednesday than one proposed 18 months ago by the Army Corps of Engineers. Applause punctuated the end of the 90-minute presentation and question-answer session at...

Cooper Tire profits rise in quarter, year

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Selling more high-profit tires and controlling costs, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. increased profit 17 percent last quarter to $69 million, the company reported Friday. Earnings amounted to $1.28 per share. Sales increased 1 percent to $783 million in...

Economist sees inflation in nation’s future

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A recession is unlikely this year, but start bracing for inflation beyond 2017, an economist said Thursday in Findlay. Wages are growing and unemployment is declining. Add to that Trump administration talk of tax cuts and big spending for infrastructure...

Findlay to close work-release center

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Allowing eligible criminal offenders to keep their jobs, by staying at Findlay’s work-release center instead of jail, is going the way of a lot of good ideas. It is going away for lack of interest. Offenders must pay to stay at the Work Opportunity...

City Council OKs $99,000 street study

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER In a split vote Tuesday, Findlay City Council decided to pay a consultant $99,000 to help set street improvement priorities. “This to me is a really simple thing to support. I want to know that we are, on the long term, on the right path,”...