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...

Industrial park: State helps fund road work

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The state on Monday gave $100,000 toward development of a Findlay industrial park. The money will help pay for $547,000 in road improvements at Ohio Logistics Business Park, north of Hancock County 99 and east of Ball Metal and the CSX railroad tracks....

Geothermal system lauded

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A Findlay company’s heating and cooling system has won a global award for innovation and energy cost savings. Designed by Greensleeves, a 7-year-old company, the geothermal system is projected to save the University of Findlay up to $1.5 million...

Magazine: Findlay’s among elite

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay ranked fourth in the nation in 2013 among 576 peers for plant upgrades and job additions, according to Site Selection magazine. Growth at Whirlpool Corp., Centrex Plastics, Nissin Brake and others made Findlay the No. 4 micropolitan community for...

New firm creating downtown jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Twenty full-time jobs will be added downtown on Monday when a new company, which helps hospitals and physician offices collect payments, moves into the former Corporate Research International building, 129 E. Crawford St. IntelliHARTx and its subsidiary,...

Cooper Tire plans $140 million investment at Mississippi factory

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. wants to invest $140 million to modernize its nonunion plant in Tupelo, Miss., guaranteeing to keep at least 1,300 workers for the next decade. It now employs 1,600 in Tupelo. But the unionized Findlay factory need not worry,...

Progress: Big industries add workers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Employment grew at several of Hancock County’s major industries last year, and it was stable among most of the rest. Whirlpool Corp. led the way, adding nearly 200 jobs to meet increased demand for dishwashers. Marathon Petroleum Corp. added 100...

Progress: Marathon makes plans for Findlay’s downtown

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s downtown will get a major lift in the next three years when Marathon Petroleum Corp. spends $80 million to add two office buildings and two multi-level parking garages to its complex. To make room, the former Elks building at 601 S. Main...

Progress: Alliance plans 350-acre industrial park

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It has no name yet, so it lacks some style as industrial parks go. But there is business substance to the 350 acres south of Hancock County 212, west of Hancock County 18, east of the CSX Railroad and north of Bigelow Avenue. It’s near Interstate...

Progress: Cooper Tire rolls through difficult year

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It was a difficult year for Findlay-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. It started with cheap Chinese tire imports puncturing Cooper’s market share and sales. Then in June, Cooper announced its planned $2.5 billion sale to Apollo Tyres of India....