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Magazine: Findlay’s among elite

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay ranked fourth in the nation in 2013 among 576 peers for plant upgrades and job additions, according to Site Selection magazine. Growth at Whirlpool Corp., Centrex Plastics, Nissin Brake and others made Findlay the No. 4 micropolitan community for...

Cooper Tire plans $140 million investment at Mississippi factory

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. wants to invest $140 million to modernize its nonunion plant in Tupelo, Miss., guaranteeing to keep at least 1,300 workers for the next decade. It now employs 1,600 in Tupelo. But the unionized Findlay factory need not worry,...

New firm creating downtown jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Twenty full-time jobs will be added downtown on Monday when a new company, which helps hospitals and physician offices collect payments, moves into the former Corporate Research International building, 129 E. Crawford St. IntelliHARTx and its subsidiary,...

Progress: Big industries add workers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Employment grew at several of Hancock County’s major industries last year, and it was stable among most of the rest. Whirlpool Corp. led the way, adding nearly 200 jobs to meet increased demand for dishwashers. Marathon Petroleum Corp. added 100...

Progress: Marathon makes plans for Findlay’s downtown

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s downtown will get a major lift in the next three years when Marathon Petroleum Corp. spends $80 million to add two office buildings and two multi-level parking garages to its complex. To make room, the former Elks building at 601 S. Main...

Progress: Alliance plans 350-acre industrial park

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It has no name yet, so it lacks some style as industrial parks go. But there is business substance to the 350 acres south of Hancock County 212, west of Hancock County 18, east of the CSX Railroad and north of Bigelow Avenue. It’s near Interstate...

Progress: Cooper Tire rolls through difficult year

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It was a difficult year for Findlay-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. It started with cheap Chinese tire imports puncturing Cooper’s market share and sales. Then in June, Cooper announced its planned $2.5 billion sale to Apollo Tyres of India....

Progress: New Jobsolutions navigator helps workers make changes

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It could be a win-win-win. Win for employers needing good people for hard-to-fill jobs. Win for those with a good work ethic but facing barriers to employment: a criminal past, mental health issues, mounting child support bills, child care concerns, or...

Cooper posts loss for quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER While its proposed sale to Apollo Tyres, of India, was deflating, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. lost $168,000 in the July-September quarter of 2013, Cooper reported late Friday. Cooper had earned a $74.1 million profit in the same quarter a year earlier....

Church plans major expansion

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Fast-growing Gateway Church, on Hancock County 9 near Liberty-Benton High School, will nearly double its space with a $4.9 million, 30,892-square-foot addition by spring 2015. The church, affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, got City...