Marathon Petroleum’s profits soar in quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Improved profit margins in refining oil, and then selling it as fuel, quadrupled Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s earnings last quarter from a year earlier to $672 million. Earnings translated to $2.36 per share in the July-September quarter. All that...

Gasoline prices likely to stay low

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gasoline prices, at $2.85 in Findlay on Wednesday, probably will not dip much lower. But prices are likely to remain lower in 2015 than they have been since 2010, the Energy Information Administration reports. Most of the credit for lower fuel prices...

WITH VIDEO: Confident Kasich: ‘Let’s send a big message’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER His re-election next Tuesday looking like a slam dunk, Gov. John Kasich was folksy during a visit Wednesday to Findlay. He seemed to fuel speculation he may run for president in 2016. Kasich urged unity over personal differences, and touted Ohio’s...

Latta facing two challengers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Republican Bob Latta, Democrat Robert Fry and Libertarian Eric Eberly are vying Nov. 4 to represent Ohio’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Latta is the incumbent. The 5th District includes Hancock, Wyandot, Hardin, Putnam, Henry, Wood...

Retailers seeking holiday help

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Many area retailers are hiring part-time workers for the holiday season. “The idea is to get everybody ready for Black Friday,” said Sean Penrose, a home theater salesman for Best Buy. “That’s our Super Bowl.” Good help is...

FitzGerald blasts Kasich’s record

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gov. John Kasich bloated the state budget by starving schools, cities and counties of funds, Democrat Ed FitzGerald said Tuesday. It’s why local tax levies have become more common, said FitzGerald, who is hoping to unseat his Republican opponent in...

Good business climate helped lure McLane

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s good business climate, more than its location, convinced McLane Co. to build a $119 million grocery distribution center here, Mike Youngblood, McLane’s chief operating officer, said Thursday. Youngblood, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and...

State taking Ebola concerns ‘very seriously’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gov. John Kasich is taking “very seriously” Ohioans’ concerns about a Texas nurse who visited Summit County and was later diagnosed with Ebola, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor told Findlay residents Thursday. The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, 29,...

Changing times at Cooper

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. this year is marking its 100th anniversary. In the last of a four-part series, Courier business reporter Lou Wilin takes a close look at the company’s successes and struggles over the years. By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Wall...

Cooper thrived as competitors failed

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. this year is marking its 100th anniversary. In the third part of a four-part series, Courier business reporter Lou Wilin takes a close look at the company’s successes and struggles over the years. By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER...