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...

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...

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...

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...

Marathon’s garage plans win approval

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. won City Planning Commission approval Thursday to build a five-level, 800-space parking garage on the southeast corner of Sandusky Street and Beech Avenue this spring. The garage is part of Marathon’s planned $80 million...

Company’s downtown plan reviewed

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It appears Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s plans to expand its downtown complex would meet city regulations and standards, according to City Planning Commission members. The planning commission took no formal vote Thursday on Marathon’s overall...

Downtown plan: Merchants praise parking, traffic ideas

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Downtown merchants “love” plans to slow Findlay’s Main Street traffic with medians and fewer lanes, and to shorten pedestrian crossings. They also cannot help but love it that the lane reductions would add up to 80 parking spaces to the...