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Farmer living his dream for 50 years

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER For the 50th straight year, Hancock County farmer Steve Oman is behind the wheel of a combine, harvesting crops and roiling the country air with dust. “I love running (the combine),” Oman, 68, said recently. “As long as I can run it, I...

From Detroit to Arcadia, RPM enjoys 50 years in business

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER ARCADIA — RPM, in Arcadia, a maker of high-precision tools and parts for the auto, space, food packaging, medical and defense industries, has turned 50. The family business’s reputation for high-precision work has enabled it to branch into a...

Pro-Tec plans $400 million expansion

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — Construction of a $400 million building addition for a new steel galvanizing line at Pro-Tec Coating Co. in Leipsic will start this fall. The company is expecting to add 80 jobs when it opens the line in 2019. Pro-Tec, which currently...

Industrial building plans approved

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay will be getting one of its needs met for further economic growth when construction starts next month on a building for warehousing or industry. It’s unknown yet who will occupy the 100,000-square-foot building on Crystal Avenue northeast of...

Pooch pampering place planned

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay will be getting a new country club soon, this one for upwardly mobile dogs. CJ’s Canine Country Club, a 12,900-square-foot dog day care and kennel, won approval of its site plan Thursday from Findlay City Planning Commission. Construction...

Bennett’s buildings worry leaders in McComb

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER McCOMB — McComb leaders are trying to prevent the former heart and soul of their business district from becoming a health hazard and eyesore. Downtown buildings that once were part of Bennett’s Furniture Town, which closed four years ago, are...

Speedway won’t be separated from Marathon

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER After months of study over whether to separate its Speedway subsidiary, Marathon Petroleum Corp. has decided to keep Speedway within the company. Marathon on Tuesday announced the decision, recommended by an “independent special committee”...

Marathon Petroleum sells assets to MPLX

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. sold $1.05 billion in its joint-interest ownership in some pipelines and storage facilities to its subsidiary, MPLX, for $1.05 billion. MPLX gathers, processes and transports natural gas and natural gas liquids; and gathers,...

Locally-raised meat a fair treat

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It’s a lot of work, but two local livestock groups say that selling their locally-raised fare at the Hancock County Fair is worth it. Charles Beagle and other beef producers in Hancock County sell directly to people year-round. But if their tender,...

Rides at county fair inspected early, often

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER No corners will be cut in ensuring the safety of the amusement rides at the Hancock County Fair, Bryce Burton said as he assembled his rides. “We just can’t be too safe,” said Burton, co-owner of Burton Brothers Amusements, which has...