Marathon pumps up profits

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Refining more oil at higher profit margins last quarter, Marathon Petroleum Corp. quadrupled its profit to $891 million. The good results were amplified from a year earlier, when scheduled maintenance idled its largest refineries. Marathon...

Downtown business owners upset by loss of parking spots

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Business owners in the 100 block of Findlay’s East Sandusky Street say they are losing customers since on-street parking spaces vanished during construction of a nearby Marathon Petroleum Corp. parking garage. Several parking spaces have...

Refinery workers bring protests back to Marathon’s headquarters

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER First, the three striking union workers from Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Texas refinery stood outside Marathon’s corporate headquarters, shouting that their employer was spurning safety. Then, the three left other protesting workers behind and...

Oxley hoping for new leadership

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Former U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley brought his signature charisma and one-liners home to Findlay as he discussed politics past and present in a speech Monday to Findlay Rotary Club. Oxley, 71, who represented Hancock and neighboring counties in the U.S....

Marathon, Cooper leaders backing Army Corps plan

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. leaders expressed support Wednesday for the federal plan to reduce Blanchard River flooding with a diversion channel and levee. But both Gary Heminger, Marathon’s chief executive officer and...

Corps cites many dredging concerns

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Dredging the Blanchard River to reduce flooding sounds better to farmers and others than diversion channels or levees. But dredging has been discarded by the Army Corps of Engineers because of the expense and a host of environmental concerns. It would be...

Repeal of zoning ordinance on ballot

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Delaware Township residents on May 5 will decide whether to repeal their zoning ordinance. A “yes” vote will be a vote to cancel the township zoning ordinance; a “no” vote will be a vote to keep it. Mount Blanchard residents will...

Are wind turbines good neighbors?

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Construction of five wind turbines, each nearly twice as tall as the Hancock County Courthouse, will begin this spring just outside Findlay, but not everyone thinks they will supply electrical energy as harmlessly and quietly as promised here and...

New plant owner plans to add jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Valfilm, the new owner of the film-producing Dow Chemical Co. plant in Findlay, plans to add 80 jobs by year-end 2018 and this week won a 55 percent, eight-year payroll tax credit from the state for those jobs. Valfilm North America retained 55 jobs when...

Cooper execs’ salaries climb

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Roy Armes, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s chief executive officer and chairman, earned $9.1 million in 2014, or 56 percent more than in 2013, the company reported. Armes’ salary grew by $31,000 to $1.1 million, Cooper reported Friday to the...