WITH VIDEO: Natural gas pipeline: Big economic impact

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The first pipeline to carry natural gas west from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in eastern Ohio could pass through Hancock, Seneca, Wood and Henry counties by late 2016. Each of those counties would collect millions every year in property...

Cooper closes deal with China partner

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s disaffected former partner in a huge tire plant in China has completed its buyout of Cooper Tire’s interest in their partnership, Cooper Chengshan Tire Co. Cooper sold its 65 percent ownership interest in the...

Preliminary tariffs imposed on Chinese tires

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Federal officials took a step this week toward imposing tariffs on Chinese-made tires, which unionized Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. workers have complained are underpriced and costing U.S. jobs. As soon as next week, U.S. companies will have to post...

WITH VIDEOS: Retailers ‘getting pumped’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The official kickoff of the Christmas shopping season in Findlay will start about 5 p.m. Thursday. Just hours after their Thanksgiving feast, many shoppers will hunt and hustle for “door buster” deals. Others will skip the turkey and...

Business owners: mixed reactions

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER While rural Hancock County residents seethed and scolded Friday about a tentative flood-control plan, downtown Findlay business owners worked like any other day. Several business owners said they knew little about the plan on Friday. After sustaining...

Speedway plans expansion on Trenton Avenue

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Speedway plans to demolish its Findlay store at 752 Trenton Ave., and Ralphie’s Sports Eatery next door at 1523 Broad Ave., to build a bigger, 4,000-square-foot store. Ralphie’s will likely move to another Findlay location, company officials...

Findlay factory to double size

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Site plans to double the size of Freudenberg-NOK’s factory in west Findlay were approved Thursday by the Findlay City Planning Commission. About 50 additional jobs could come with the transmission parts maker’s 43,200-square-foot expansion....

Cooper Tire’s earnings inflate in third quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Lower raw material costs and a 14 percent growth in the number of tires sold propelled Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. to a $48 million profit last quarter, the company reported Friday. It was a big change from a year earlier, when Cooper lost $168,000 as...

Company explores China options

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER With China expected to become the world’s largest tire market in a few years, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will be a force there with or without its disgruntled Chinese partner, Cooper’s chief said Friday. Chengshan Group Co. has announced...

Is Marathon pursuing Citgo?

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. made a bid this year for Citgo Petroleum Corp., the U.S. refining arm of a Venezuelan state-owned company, Reuters News reports. At least three oil companies are still actively bidding for Citgo, Reuters reported this week, but...