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Stigma blamed for shortage of factory workers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The stigma of manufacturing jobs was blamed Thursday for a shortage of factory workers in the region. “The heart of the whole problem is the stigma,” state Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, said during a discussion by 40 manufacturing and...

Findlay auto parts maker to add jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Auto parts maker Mitec will add 80 jobs at its Findlay plant over the next two to three years, Tim Hall, Mitec North America president, said Tuesday. The job additions will bring total employment to 200 at the plant, which is housed in the former Findlay...

Campbell Soup distribution center gets tax break

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Campbell Soup Supply Co. will avoid $1 million in taxes by temporarily ceding ownership of its planned 741,000-square-foot distribution center on Findlay’s north end to the Blanchard Valley Port Authority. Government bodies like the port authority...

WITH VIDEO: ‘This is cutting edge,’ Kasich says during visit to Grob

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Gov. John Kasich urged more business influence in education, and sounded like a prospective 2020 presidential candidate during a visit to Bluffton on Thursday. The governor questioned whether Americans are being trained for jobs of the...

Court approves flood-control project

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER DEFIANCE — Maumee Watershed Conservancy Court, in Defiance, approved plans Friday to reduce Blanchard River flooding by removing some river bank in Findlay, widening the river beneath a railroad bridge, and removing or modifying low dams. The...

Dina Ostrander grabs 3rd Ward seat on council

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Dina Ostrander easily won the Republican nomination Tuesday to represent Findlay’s 3rd Ward on City Council. Ostrander received 298 votes, or 74 percent, to 103 for Michael Tanner. Results from the Hancock County elections board were unofficial and...

Monday wins race for city council leader

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER R. Ronald Monday won the Republican nomination on Tuesday to become Findlay City Council president. Monday received 1,547 votes, or 64 percent, to 874 votes for Thomas A. Ross. With no Democrats or independents running, Monday is virtually assured of...

City school levy, council races on primary ballot

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay voters on Tuesday will nominate City Council candidates, and will decide whether to make a temporary school tax into a permanent levy. Findlay City School District voters will be asked Tuesday to renew a 4.9-mill tax for operations, and change it...

Marathon’s Q1 earnings rise

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Reflecting increased profit margin on the fuel it sold and bigger earnings from midstream operations, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s profit rose to $30 million last quarter from $1 million a year earlier, the company reported Thursday. Earnings in the...

Cooper Tire profits deflate in 1st quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A “dramatic” rise in raw material costs and reduced sales deflated Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s profit by 48 percent to $31 million last quarter, the company reported Thursday. Earnings in the January-March quarter translated to 57...