Marathon contributes assets to MPLX

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. is keeping its promise to take “bold, aggressive action” to lift its stock price: Wednesday it closed a transaction contributing some terminal, pipeline and storage assets to its energy and logistics subsidiary MPLX...

Findlay police: Car chases are challenging, even with policy in place

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The challenges police face in protecting people were underscored last week when federal agents’ chase of a man from Wood County ended in a rush-hour crash at Main and Sandusky streets in downtown Findlay. Before the crash Thursday, the pursuit went...

WITH VIDEO: Progress 2017: Beers and cheers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The seeds were always there. After all, Babe Ruth was legendary not only for hitting home runs. The Great Bambino loved his beer and hot dogs. It just took nearly a century of technology advances and the arrival of the millennials for capitalism to hit...

WITH VIDEO: Progress 2017: Marathon fuels a downtown boom

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER These days, Jody Combs is like a kid who delightedly unwrapped one present and is eagerly eyeing the bigger one across the room. Sales rose last year for downtown Findlay retailers and restaurants with Marathon Petroleum’s $100 million expansion of...

Progress 2017: McLane, Whirlpool completed big projects in 2016

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER McLane Co. and Whirlpool Corp. topped the list of major construction projects completed last year in Findlay and Hancock County. McLane last fall completed construction of its $119 million, 337,831-square-foot grocery distribution center on...

Progress 2017: Help available for small businesses

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Only 20 percent of business startups survive for five years. Much is at stake if a community is able to have a better survival rate. That’s because 80 percent of new jobs come from small businesses. So Findlay and Hancock County have thrown a lot...

Progress 2017: Business retention, expansion is No. 1 priority for Mayle

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Studies show that 80 percent of new jobs created in communities come from existing businesses instead of new ones. So it is the nonglamorous work of keeping in touch with companies, trying to help them get what they need to grow and remain here, that is...

Progress 2017: Employment rises at major industries

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Employment grew or remained stable at most of Hancock County’s major industries last year, and more of the same is forecast for 2017. McLane Co. hired 100 workers for the opening of its $119 million, 337,831-square-foot grocery distribution center...

Progress 2017: Phosphorus ‘a real critical element’ in crop production

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Perhaps the only one defamed more than the farmer in the toxic algae bloom problem is phosphorus. But that same phosphorus that fuels poisonous algae blooms is critical for keeping everyone well-fed with wheat, corn and soybeans. “Algae is a plant...

Progress 2017: Area auto dealers enjoy booming business

By LOU WILIN and ALLISON REAMER STAFF WRITERS Area auto dealers, like others across the country, continued their multi-year, record-setting upward sales trajectory in 2016. “Last year was a great year for the car industry,” said John LaRiche, dealer-owner of LaRiche...