Valfilm plans wind turbines

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A Findlay wind energy company will build two wind turbines, totaling $6.9 million, to help power Valfilm’s headquarters on Findlay’s north end. Valfilm makes films for food packaging, automotive and construction. The 405-foot tall wind...

Rally time! Findlay’s Friday night event begins 25th year

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A crowd hung out in the carefree dance of live music, airy magnolias, beverages and popcorn Friday evening in a bricked courtyard sandwiched between downtown Findlay buildings. Rally in the Alley is in its 25th season of escorting people into summer...

Campbell Soup proceeds with Port Authority arrangement

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Campbell Soup Co. and Blanchard Valley Port Authority on Thursday took steps enabling Campbell to avoid $1 million in taxes for construction of a distribution center on Findlay’s north end. The $37.5-million, 741,000-square-foot distribution center...

Cold, wet May hampers area farmers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Corn and soybean farmers are at greater risk for lower yields — and lower income — this year after a wet, cold May. “We’re hopeful, but we know this is not a good start,” said Ed Lentz, Ohio State University Extension...

Housing: It’s ‘a seller’s market’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It’s a mismatch in the housing market these days, and sellers have the edge. With a small inventory of houses, the ones available sell fast. They leave a trail of wistful would-be buyers, said Kent Hilty, president of the Heartland Board of...

Stigma blamed for shortage of factory workers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The stigma of manufacturing jobs was blamed Thursday for a shortage of factory workers in the region. “The heart of the whole problem is the stigma,” state Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, said during a discussion by 40 manufacturing and...

Findlay auto parts maker to add jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Auto parts maker Mitec will add 80 jobs at its Findlay plant over the next two to three years, Tim Hall, Mitec North America president, said Tuesday. The job additions will bring total employment to 200 at the plant, which is housed in the former Findlay...

Campbell Soup distribution center gets tax break

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Campbell Soup Supply Co. will avoid $1 million in taxes by temporarily ceding ownership of its planned 741,000-square-foot distribution center on Findlay’s north end to the Blanchard Valley Port Authority. Government bodies like the port authority...

WITH VIDEO: ‘This is cutting edge,’ Kasich says during visit to Grob

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Gov. John Kasich urged more business influence in education, and sounded like a prospective 2020 presidential candidate during a visit to Bluffton on Thursday. The governor questioned whether Americans are being trained for jobs of the...

Court approves flood-control project

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER DEFIANCE — Maumee Watershed Conservancy Court, in Defiance, approved plans Friday to reduce Blanchard River flooding by removing some river bank in Findlay, widening the river beneath a railroad bridge, and removing or modifying low dams. The...