MPLX chief grew up in oil business

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER When Pam Beall recently became president of Marathon Petroleum’s pipeline subsidiary, MPLX LP, she took on a lot of high hopes. The pipeline operations were spun off a year and a half ago into a publicly-traded corporation, pleasing investors. MPLX...

Insurance agent retires after 57 years

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER McCOMB — When he recalls his most rewarding moments in 57 years as an insurance agent, Ray Hoverman’s eyes well up in tears and his voice cracks. “The most rewarding would be, settling a claim where somebody had a huge loss. Their...

Downtown merchants disappointed

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Doris Schumacher felt like the rug was pulled out from under her when reverse-angle parking and lane reductions were yanked from Findlay’s Main Street plan this week. “I was absolutely shocked this morning when I found out they went so...

Deal lets Marathon save $2M in taxes

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. will avoid more than $2 million in taxes by temporarily ceding ownership of its planned new buildings to the Blanchard Valley Port Authority. Government bodies, like the port authority, do not pay sales tax. So sales tax will not...

Marathon reports pay of executives

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Chief Executive Officer Gary Heminger earned $12.8 million in 2013, the company reported Tuesday. It was much less than the $20.4 million he received in 2012. But the entire decline can be attributed to Heminger’s pension value...

State OKs substation

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER American Electric Power won state approval Monday to build an $11 million substation on farmland two miles northeast of Findlay. The 138-kilovolt substation, to be built in 2015, will aid development and reduce power outages in Hancock County and...

Schmelzer: Downtown plan can be changed

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER When a Rotarian on Monday questioned whether a traffic and parking plan might steer people away from Findlay’s downtown, a city official said the plan can be changed. Neither Rotarian Bill Ruse nor City Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer were...

A pruned DeHaven’s reopens

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Five months after it closed, Findlay’s DeHaven Home & Garden Showplace will reopen today at 15276 U.S. 224 East. The longtime business will offer trees, flowers, shrubs, and other landscaping and gardening goods, lawn mowers and grills, and...

Owner battles back from health issues

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Tim DeHaven went into St. Rita’s Medical Center for heart valve repair surgery and a three- to five-day stay in 2011. His life has never been the same. The owner of DeHaven Home & Garden Showplace ran into complications, and when he left Ohio...

Cooper Tire posts a profit

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. posted a profit for the fourth quarter, and for all of 2013, despite its takeover troubles last year. Profits did deflate last quarter by 73 percent, to $19.6 million, because of cheap Chinese tire imports and troubles at a...