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Chinese tire makers criticized by United Steelworkers union

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The union representing Findlay’s Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. factory workers has accused Chinese tire makers of unfairly stealing customers and asked the federal government to impose tariffs. United Steelworkers on Tuesday filed petitions with the...

Ohio approves traffic grant

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The state on Monday approved a $400,000 grant to Findlay for street intersection improvements related to Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plans to open a $40 million global technology center. The center will result in the addition of 40 jobs. The Sandusky...

McLane gets $4.5 million in state aid

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The state on Monday approved a $4.5 million package for McLane Co. to build a $38 million, 337,831 square-foot grocery distribution center on Findlay’s north end in 2016. The state controlling board gave McLane, which eventually will employ 425...

Cooper revives technology center plan

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. celebrated its 100th anniversary Thursday with the news it will resume plans to locate a $40 million global technology center in Findlay and add 40 high-quality jobs. “We’re really, really happy about being able...

Purchase excites Marathon’s CEO

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gary Heminger, Marathon Petroleum’s chief executive officer, was excited and colorful Thursday about buying Hess Corp.’s retail operations. “This transaction will be transformative for the enterprise,” he said to analysts....

Marathon Petroleum adding 1,256 stores

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. said Thursday it will about double its Speedway subsidiary’s size and prepare for more growth with the $2.87 billion purchase of Hess Corp.’s retail business. Speedway will become the nation’s largest...

New city employer identified

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER McLane Grocery Distribution is the company that will eventually employ 425 people at an average wage of $57,000 per year on Findlay’s north end. The company’s name was being withheld by local economic development and government leaders while...

Consultant to help with health merger

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay and Hancock County are ready to try again to combine their health departments. Officials from the city and county appear ready to split the $34,000 cost of a consultant to develop a merger plan. City Council’s Appropriations Committee on...

Marathon exec bashes fuel mandate

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Unrealistic federal mandates to increase the amount of ethanol in fuels will cost much and offer little benefit, a Marathon Petroleum executive said Monday. “This is a burden on our company. It’s a burden on the consumer, because ultimately...

Fashion retailer plans big store

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gabe’s, a discount fashion retailer, will open a large Findlay store this summer inside the former Home Depot building at 1981 Tiffin Ave., Gabriel Brothers reported. Gabe’s will occupy about 60 percent of the 94,700 square feet in the...