Autoliv plans new building

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Autoliv Nissin Brake Systems America and its 200 workers may be moving from Tall Timbers Industrial Park to a building to be constructed a half-mile away. The company sought feedback Thursday from Findlay City Planning Commission on plans for 194,400...

Campbell starts construction of $44M distribution center

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Campbell Soup Co. began construction Tuesday of a $44 million, 740,000-square-foot distribution center which will employ over 200 in about a year on Findlay’s north end. Key draws were Findlay’s location along Interstate 75, and proximity to...

Findlay addressing 3 economic shortages

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay leaders are working to erase shortages that are stunting the area’s economic health: a lack of industrial buildings, workers and housing. Construction of a 100,000-square-foot speculative building for industry or warehousing will start in...

Cooper Tire profits deflate by 36 percent

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Paying more for raw materials and selling fewer tires, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. saw its profit fall 36 percent last quarter to $45.3 million, the company reported Friday. Earnings in the April-to-June quarter amounted to 85 cents per share. Sales...

Gene Stevens’ 40-year ride as car dealer comes to end

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It did not always look to Gene Stevens like his survival as a car dealer, much less success, was a sure thing. After he bought the only dealership he could afford in 1977, part of him longed to return to his former life selling cars for Findlay Pontiac...

Competitors don’t fear new Big R store

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Competitors in Findlay’s shrinking retail scene say they are not concerned by Big R’s arrival in the former Sears space at the Findlay Village Mall. Big R, a chain of more than 20 stores based in Watseka, Illinois, sells clothing, sporting...

Marathon’s profits take a tumble in 2nd quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Higher prices for the crude oil it buys and refines dropped Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s profit by 36 percent in the April-June quarter to $515 million, the company reported Thursday. Earnings translated to $1 per share. Second-quarter sales rose 9...

MPLX grows, earnings soar

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER MPLX, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s subsidiary, increased second-quarter profit tenfold from a year earlier to $190 million, the company reported Thursday, after MPLX processed more natural gas at a higher profit margin. Earnings amounted to 26 cents...

City rescues trapped residents

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay firefighters worked through the night Thursday and Friday morning to rescue people trapped in their homes as Blanchard River floodwaters rose. Firefighters waded through currents, false alarms and even obstruction from well-meaning — if...

Floodwaters soak homes, area residents anguished

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hunter’s Creek resident Pamela Burton hurriedly grabbed a box of black plastic bags from the back of her vehicle Thursday morning. The basement of her Cranberry Lane home was ankle-deep in water. “Whatever I take upstairs, it’s like...