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....

Progress: New Jobsolutions navigator helps workers make changes

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It could be a win-win-win. Win for employers needing good people for hard-to-fill jobs. Win for those with a good work ethic but facing barriers to employment: a criminal past, mental health issues, mounting child support bills, child care concerns, or...

Cooper posts loss for quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER While its proposed sale to Apollo Tyres, of India, was deflating, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. lost $168,000 in the July-September quarter of 2013, Cooper reported late Friday. Cooper had earned a $74.1 million profit in the same quarter a year earlier....

Church plans major expansion

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Fast-growing Gateway Church, on Hancock County 9 near Liberty-Benton High School, will nearly double its space with a $4.9 million, 30,892-square-foot addition by spring 2015. The church, affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, got City...

Iriti: More work to do downtown

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s downtown building investments will have a “tremendous impact,” sparking other projects, an economic development point man said Monday. But business and government leaders realize Findlay has more work to do on...

Marathon investing $80M in downtown

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Beleaguered by floods and fire in recent years, Findlay’s downtown will get a major boost in the next three years thanks to Marathon Petroleum Corp. Marathon will spend $80 million to add two office buildings and two multi-level parking garages to...

Cooper to end or mend partnership

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will end or mend its fractured partnership in a Chinese factory, which helped thwart completion of Cooper’s attempted sale to Apollo Tyres of India. Cooper and Chengshan Group announced an agreement Friday that will...

Marathon Petroleum profits slip

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s profits declined 17 percent last quarter from a year earlier to $633 million, due mainly to smaller discounts on the crude it buys, and higher refinery maintenance costs. Earnings translated into $2.10 per share, down...

Marathon subsidiary to add 150 jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER MPLX LP, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s pipeline subsidiary, will create an estimated 150 Findlay jobs averaging $100,000 per year by December 2017, the state Development Services Agency reported. The planned job additions reflect general growth in the...