Marathon Petroleum is shedding jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hurt its business operations and financial position.
The company says it will be eliminating approximately 2,050 jobs across its operations.
The staff reductions will impact just under 300 of the 2,200 employees at Marathon’s headquarters in Findlay.
The company said, even after the reductions, they will continue to employ more people in Findlay than in any other community in which they operate, given that the Findlay campus remains their headquarters.
“We know our company and our people play important roles in the communities where we operate,” said CEO Mike Hennigan. “We also know these staffing reductions affect not just our people, but also families, colleagues and neighbors. These decisions were extremely difficult, and we are committed to supporting our employees during this difficult time.”
Marathon says it’s working with Findlay-Hancock Economic Development to establish a resource that will match impacted employees with local job opportunities.
The company had a dismal second quarter thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In August Marathon reported a net income of $9 million in the second quarter of 2020.
That $9 million compares to $1.1 billion in net income for the second quarter of 2019.
The company will announce its third-quarter financial results on November 2nd.
Marathon announced in August that it was selling its Speedway gas stations to 7-Eleven.
UPDATE: Marathon Petroleum provided WFIN News with the following statement:
We are in the process of communicating with our employees about measures we announced earlier this year to strengthen Marathon Petroleum for short-term and long-term success. These measures include an evaluation of how roles throughout our company will support the future-focused activities we have prioritized. In the interest of ensuring we communicate these changes to our employees first, we don’t have additional information to provide at this time.
Jody O’Brien, Republican Director of the Hancock County Board of Elections, says absentee ballots will start to be mailed out to voters on October 6th, which is the same day early voting begins.
She’s asking people to not procrastinate in filling out their ballot and sending it back.
She says the last day an absentee ballot can be postmarked is November 2nd, the day before the election, or just drop it in the drop box outside the board of elections at 201 East Lincoln Street in Findlay.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Tuesday that more than 2 million Ohioans had requested an absentee ballot.
At the same time during the 2016 election, 957,260 absentee ballots had been requested.
There was discussion about the Eagle Creek Dry Storage Basin project just south of Findlay which is still in the preliminary engineering phase.
Project Manager Steve Wilson says the project is mostly in a holding pattern for now but they could do some additional engineering with the grant money previously allocated.
He says the project is estimated to cost around $60 million but the state has awarded only $15 million in grant money so far.
Wilson believes if it wasn’t for the pandemic, the rest of the grant money would’ve already been allocated and the project would be further along.
He believes the storage basin will have a great impact on flood reduction in Findlay once it’s completed.
“It will reduce the 100-year flood elevation at Main Street by around a foot and a half, and that would be on top of the reductions we’re seeing with the work that’s currently being done along the Blanchard River.”
The 600 to 800-acre floodwater storage basin would be constructed west of U.S. 68 and just north of Township Road 49.