WITH VIDEO: Craftsmen at Ada factory build all Super Bowl footballs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER ADA — Whether the Super Bowl is won by a perfect pass, a dazzling catch or run, a kick through the uprights, or just by grinding it out, all eyes will be on Ada craftsmanship. Wilson Sporting Goods football factory in Ada made every football for...

Mike Oxley eulogized as ‘happy warrior’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Former U.S. Rep. Mike Oxley, who died Jan. 1, was eulogized Friday as a “happy warrior” who naturally made friends and built networks among people to make a difference in Washington and back home with constituents. He was all about service,...

Falling oil prices slow MPLX plans

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Tumbling oil prices have slowed Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s speedy growth ambitions for its pipeline and logistics subsidiary MPLX. Master limited partnerships like MPLX were developed to encourage investment in energy infrastructure like pipelines,...

Marathon profits tumble in 4th quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Collapsing oil prices caused Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s profit to fall 76 percent from a year earlier, to $187 million in the October-December quarter, the company reported Wednesday. Earnings translated to 35 cents per share. Sales declined nearly...

Nox Corp. granted state tax credit

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Nox Corp., a vinyl tile maker in Fostoria, on Monday won a state tax credit to create 150 jobs, paying an average of $31,200 per year. The payroll tax credit, 1.198 percent over six years, is worth $336,000. It was approved by the State Tax Credit...

Cooper Tire CEO opposes electric plans

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Roy Armes, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. chief executive officer, is urging Gov. John Kasich to reject proposed profit guarantees and rate increases sought by American Electric Power Co. and FirstEnergy Corp. Cooper and other American Electric Power...

Whirlpool factory links jobs, college

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Whirlpool’s Ottawa factory, which makes freezers, needs more talent. A partnership between the plant and Rhodes State College, in Lima, will allow students to work at the plant, earn $19 an hour and scholarships. Business or engineering technology...

Young professionals plan kickoff

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay Young Professionals, a group which offers social events, leadership development and community involvement for 21- to 45-year-olds, will hold its annual kickoff gathering at 6 p.m. Thursday at Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St. The event will...

Marathon hotel plans approved

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s plans for its $20 million, five-story “Hancock Hotel” downtown were conditionally approved Thursday by Findlay City Planning Commission. Construction of the 100-room hotel at the northeast corner of Main and...

Employees buy 45% interest in Old Fort Bank

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Old Fort Banking Co. employees’ stock and 401(k) plan has bought a 45 percent interest in the bank. The sale, initiated by the bank, will boost employee pride and service and help attract and retain talented employees, said Michael Spragg, chief...