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...

Cooper buys stake in Chinese company

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plans to spend $93 million to buy a majority interest in a Chinese tire maker this year and increase its production of truck and bus tires. Cooper’s investment in Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Co. (GRT) would fill a gap left...

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Oxley dies

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Former U.S. Rep. Mike Oxley, a 12-term Republican congressman from Findlay who co-sponsored the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act, died Friday. He was 71 years old. Oxley died in his sleep at home in McLean, Virginia, according to Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling...

Local Dairy Queen closing

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Decades-long Findlay institution Dairy Queen Brazier, at 614 Lima Ave., likely closed Wednesday for the last time, said co-owner Jim Niemeyer. Niemeyer is in negotiations with Campbell Oil, which will open a Dairy Queen franchise in 2016 at 1215 W. Main...

Whirlpool requests imposition of tariffs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Whirlpool Corp. is asking the federal government to slap tariffs on clothes washers imported from China, saying competitors are unfairly stealing customers. Whirlpool’s petition to the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission comes...

Findlay music store closing after 60 years in business

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Groman’s Music, a seller of pianos, sheet music and gifts at 729 N. Main St., will be going out of business after 60 years, owner Steve Groman said Monday. It is offering merchandise for sale through this month and will close when everything has...