Competitors don’t fear new Big R store

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Competitors in Findlay’s shrinking retail scene say they are not concerned by Big R’s arrival in the former Sears space at the Findlay Village Mall. Big R, a chain of more than 20 stores based in Watseka, Illinois, sells clothing, sporting...

Marathon’s profits take a tumble in 2nd quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Higher prices for the crude oil it buys and refines dropped Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s profit by 36 percent in the April-June quarter to $515 million, the company reported Thursday. Earnings translated to $1 per share. Second-quarter sales rose 9...

MPLX grows, earnings soar

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER MPLX, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s subsidiary, increased second-quarter profit tenfold from a year earlier to $190 million, the company reported Thursday, after MPLX processed more natural gas at a higher profit margin. Earnings amounted to 26 cents...

City rescues trapped residents

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay firefighters worked through the night Thursday and Friday morning to rescue people trapped in their homes as Blanchard River floodwaters rose. Firefighters waded through currents, false alarms and even obstruction from well-meaning — if...

Floodwaters soak homes, area residents anguished

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hunter’s Creek resident Pamela Burton hurriedly grabbed a box of black plastic bags from the back of her vehicle Thursday morning. The basement of her Cranberry Lane home was ankle-deep in water. “Whatever I take upstairs, it’s like...

Hancock Hotel downtown will include a Mancy’s Steakhouse

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Hancock Hotel will open by Feb. 28, be managed by First Hospitality Group, and include a Mancy’s Steakhouse, Marathon said Tuesday. The $20 million, five-story hotel at the corner of Main and Lincoln streets will...

No outage in electric companies’ battle

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Campbell Soup Co. and Rowmark chose American Electric Power — not Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative — to power their new Findlay plants, an AEP official said Friday. Responding to the cooperative’s claims that AEP and Findlay city...

Daisy Dukes making debut as city’s newest nightclub

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s newest nightclub, Daisy Dukes, is trying to make it in a Tiffin Avenue location that over the years has seen nightclubs come and go. It also is braving a difficult era for nightclubs in general, said T.J. Snow, Daisy Dukes’...

Utilities trying to end dispute

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative and American Electric Power have found the circuit breaker for their potentially high-voltage dispute over who gets to power a new Findlay warehouse. The companies told Findlay City Council on Tuesday that they are...

Valfilm plans wind turbines

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A Findlay wind energy company will build two wind turbines, totaling $6.9 million, to help power Valfilm’s headquarters on Findlay’s north end. Valfilm makes films for food packaging, automotive and construction. The 405-foot tall wind...