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...

Performing arts center on track

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Right now, it’s about pouring concrete for the orchestra pit and stage house foundation, installing plumbing, and raising more money. But the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is on schedule to open in all its grace and grandeur in fall 2015,...

EPA chief honors Marathon

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Findlay offices received an award Wednesday from the state environmental chief for composting, and reducing water and electricity use. “All that adds up,” said Craig Butler, director of the state Environmental...

Smashing good time

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Take testosterone and titanium to the Hancock County Fair and — CRASH! BASH! SMASH! — you’ve got the annual demolition derby. Guys have spent thousands of dollars and many hours muscling up machines for Monday’s event at the south...

Insurance firm suing former Findlay workers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Huntington Insurance is suing several former Findlay office workers, claiming they joined forces to unlawfully take away customers, using old contacts and Huntington information. The top defendant in the lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court is...

Valuation set for Cooper’s Chinese plant

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s partnership with China’s Chengshan Group is worth $440 million, according to an independent valuation firm. That valuation announcement gives Chengshan Group 45 days to decide whether to end or possibly mend its...

Malls: Changing times, changing tastes

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Times change, and time can wither shopping malls. Findlay Village Mall needs to change to avoid fading, according to experts who study malls and consumer behavior. “Typically, what we see when a mall goes through difficult times is either...

Findlay mall facing stiff competition

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay Village Mall appears to be teetering on the brink. Its occupancy rate is lower than average. Its largest anchor store closed this year. In a few months, another big retailer will move across the street. On a recent afternoon, a store manager...