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Mass employee retirement may spell trouble for automotive companies

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LIMA — Automotive companies may be in trouble with a potentially debilitating loss of workers coming.This “mass exodus” of employees from the auto workforce projected to happen in the next few years is due to an entire generation retiring, and the following generations appears ill-prepared to fill their shoes.Though several industries will feel the loss of baby boomers, the automotive industry may have more trouble replacing them with equally-skilled workers.The issue is something local companies have been staring down for 10 years or more, said Eric Davis, coordinator of strategic workforce development at the Allen Economic Development Group.



Dear Tom and Ray:Remember those Datsun mini-trucks that used to be around? Where did that class of trucks go? It seems like all you can get now is a full-size F-150 or similar. Is there anything like those old Japanese mini-trucks still on the market, or should I start shopping for a classic El Camino? What happened to the small trucks? — BryantRAY: People stopped buying them.TOM: There still is a class of pickup truck smaller than the full-size F-150s, ...

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Letter: Suggestion for improving library

This year we have seen the completion of several positive and helpful improvements at the Lima Public Library. However, in at least one area, the library has taken a step backward.For some unknown reason, the logic of which escapes me, the library has done away with dividing its DVD collection by category or genre and just lumped them all together in alphabetical order. This has made it hard to find a movie when I have just had a genre in mind and not been looking for a specific ti...

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Redesigned 2015 Escalade remains breed all its own

Cadillac’s flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle keeps its bold, distinctive style and immense proportions after a major redesign for 2015.The luxury, full-size SUV adds more tech features, a more powerful V-8, a quieter interior and power-folding rear seats for the first time while taking exterior bling in a new direction.The Escalade, which comes with up to eight seats, also is the first in the segment with a standard air bag that deploys into the middle of the...

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Applause for business achievements

AWARDSSpratt receives distinguished dentist awardDr. Jack Spratt, a general dentist in Lima, has been awarded the Ohio Dental Association Distinguished Dentist Award. Spratt received the award at the 2014 Callahan Celebration. He received the award for his active involvement with organized dentistry throughout his career.The Distinguished Dentist Award is the Ohio Dental Association’s most prestigious award. It is given ...

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Biz Beat: Older workers bring experience

LIMA — By 2020, older Americans will account for about one-fourth of the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.This number is significant, as they are the fastest growing sector of today’s workforce, according to a release by Experience Works, a nonprofit organization that promotes older workers.Though the number of older workers is growing, many employers are worried about losing them, according to Experience Works.Some employers ...

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Cheryl Parson: Prepare for Old Man Winter

Did you know the first day of autumn is Monday? With the way the weather has been lately, you probably already thought autumn was here. The days and nights have been rather cool but great fall sports weather. Now, I like fall, leaves changing, cooler weather, but I can do without raking leaves and knowing colder weather is to follow.If you are a regular reader of this column, you know we are all about protecting your hard-earned money. Old Man Winter can be compared to a sneaky swi...

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Legal-Ease: Steps to starting a new business

This week, in addition to advising others as they start new businesses, I am starting my own business. After 12 years working for other attorneys, I am establishing my own law firm. As I have gone through this process, I have been able to recognize the importance of doing the right things, and in the right sequence.First, I worked to ensure no hard feelings with my previous employer. Direct and honest communication usually does the trick in this context, and my communication about ...

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Land transfers

The trend of the real estate market in Allen County is shown by the following report, for the week running Sept. 11 to Sept. 17. Figures reflect the selling price of the property, along with the address or lot number of same and are courtesy of Allen County Recorder Mona Losh’s Office.Last year Last week This weekDeeds 79 84 84Mortgage 76 68 65Mortgage cancellations 66 56 70...

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Carolyn and John Gilgenbach

NEW BAVARIA — Mr. and Mrs. John Gilgenbach, of New Bavaria, are celebrating 40 years of marriage today, Sept. 21, 2014. They are planning a camping trip and a dinner with their children.Gilgenbach and the former Carolyn Verhoff were married Sept. 21, 1974, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in North Creek.They are the parents of four children, Brad (Julie) Gilgenbach, of New Bavaria, Brian (Jill) Gilgenbach and Stacy (Ryan) Knueve, both of Leipsic and Nick (Ali) Gilgen...

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1940 Plymouth Sedan Delivery

CAIRO — In 1940, Plymouth advertised all their cars with the same line: “The Low Priced Beauty With the Luxury Ride.” Plymouth produced a sedan delivery from 1935 until 1941. This sedan was based on the Roadking chassis, and sold for $720. The sedan delivery would become one of the rarest of all Plymouths. These vehicles were built and sold as work vehicles, and that is the way they were treated. Therefore, most were ran until the only fit place for them was the trash heap....

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1964 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray

OTTAWA — The second generation Corvette was the 1963 through 1967 Sting Ray, not to be confused with the third generation 1968 through 1982 Stingray, which was just one word.If people liked the 1963 Sting Ray, they loved the 1964. Chevrolet needed to make only evolutionary changes to the 1964 Corvette. The coupe’s back window was changed and the two air intakes were eliminated from the hood, though their indentations remained. Sales of the 1964 Sting Ray reached 22,229, which was ...

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Home loan rates

Rates for 30-year and 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages with zero points as of noon, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.30 YR / 15 YR RATE %First Federal Bank4.125 / 3.25 %The State Bank & Trust4.25 / 3.375 %Union Bank4.125 / 3.25 %Superior Federal Credit Union4.125 / 3.125 %First National Bank, Pandora4.2...

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Editorial: Football as a business

Its reputation mired by a plethora of personal fouls and its branding efforts suffering one interception after another, you would think the business of football would be punting right now from deep within its own end zone.Guess again.When the television ratings came out for the week of Sept. 14, the National Football League held the top three spots. How important is this? Let’s just say national TV ratings are the ultimate scorecard when big-money advertisers decid...

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Golf hall dinner, induction Oct. 4

LIMA — Former Shawnee Country Club pro Bill Hughes, longtime coach Dan Reinicke and club pro and owner Floyd Young will be honored as the newest members of the Lima-Allen County Golf Hall of Fame during a dinner and induction Oct. 4 at Hawthorne Hills Golf Club.The event will begin with a social hour and cash bar at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. The awards presentation will be at about 8 p.m.Dinner is $20 per person and for more information and reservation...

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NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest Saturday in Columbus Grove

An NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Columbus Grove High School football practice field. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Participants must sign up online at and look for the Columbus Grove site. Bring a birth certificate Saturday.

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Editorial: Saving the grapes for chick flicks, not action movies

Looks as though John McClane will have to add a few more to his kill list.What the star of the “Die Hard” series deftly did 72 times with a Beretta 92 and assorted weapons, a few explosions and throws from buildings and even a well-placed icicle, his movies did through caloric intake.A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine finds that people who watch action-packed movies are prone to eating twice as man...

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Spartans steamroll Fremont Ross

FREMONT — Fremont Ross’ defense came out gearing to stop all-everything Lima Senior running back Juniel Liles.No problem.Lima Senior quarterback Darius Gordon fired the ball down the field to one of many open wide receivers.Lima Senior shell shocked Fremont Ross early and went on to post a convincing 41-17 victory Friday at Don Paul Stadium.“We’re not done, but it’s great,” Gordon said.Gordon ended up c...

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