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...

Heading for higher ground

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Warren Krout, a downtown Findlay businessman who has battled floodwaters many a time, has had enough of that fight. His Sour Flower Trading Post, a pawn shop at 202 and 204 N. Main St., was sold to Hancock County last week for $135,900 and will be...

Dow meeting with workers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Dow Chemical Co., which is closing its Findlay plant in December, is meeting with its 70 employees about their futures, the company said Friday. “Meetings with employees are taking place to provide the opportunity to discuss individual roles. There...

Dow closing Findlay plant after 55 years

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Dow Chemical Co. will close its Findlay plant, which employs 70, in mid-December, the company reported Monday. The 400,000-square-foot factory at 3441 N. Main St. manufactures plastic films used in construction, automotive, packaging, and medical uses...