Cooper Tire profits deflate in 1st quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A “dramatic” rise in raw material costs and reduced sales deflated Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s profit by 48 percent to $31 million last quarter, the company reported Thursday. Earnings in the January-March quarter translated to 57...

MPLX generates $150M in profit

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER MPLX, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s energy and logistics subsidiary, generated $150 million in profit last quarter, processing and separating more natural gas than a year earlier when it lost $60 million. Profit amounted to 19 cents per common unit in...

Marathon gives $500,000 to UF

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. on Monday gave the University of Findlay $500,000 toward its $23 million, 78,500-square-foot Center for Student Life and College of Business building. The building, between College and Davis streets, is under construction. It...

Partitions Plus adding jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The state Controlling Board on Monday approved a $163,500 grant to help rebuild a road leading to Partitions Plus, because the Findlay manufacturer is adding jobs. The grant will cover half the expense of rebuilding the part-asphalt, part-gravel road,...

Latta says driverless vehicles will be in use in near future

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Driverless cars will be coming to metropolitan areas in three to four years, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta said Thursday, and they have the potential to make the world a better place. Blind people and other disabled persons will be able to travel more...

Latta: Obamacare repeal coming

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Congressional Republicans are still planning to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law this year, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta said Thursday. “We’re still working on health care,” he said in an interview Thursday at The...

Planners approve Valfilm expansion

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Valfilm, a maker of films for food packaging, automotive and construction, will start building a 48,300-square-foot expansion by July. The addition will create five to 10 additional jobs when it opens in spring 2018, said Steve Shiparski, site manager...

Campbell Soup warehouse will create 160 jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Campbell Soup Supply Co. will start construction of a 741,000-square-foot warehouse on Findlay’s north end by June. The warehouse will employ 160 when it opens by summer 2018, south of Hancock County 212 and the McLane Co. distribution center, said...

Proposed ban on downtown sidewalk bicycling tabled

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council on Tuesday tabled for further study a proposed ban on bicycling on Main Street sidewalks downtown. The legislation was sparked by complaints about bicyclists nearly colliding with pedestrians on downtown walks. The hazard seems to...

Findlay Council takes steps to divide Schmelzer’s job

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The decades-old discussion about whether the Findlay service-safety director job is too much for one person reached a milestone Tuesday. “I can’t do everything anymore. It’s just worn me out,” Service-Safety Director Paul...