Two years of hard work paid off earlier this month as two Bluffton friends launched their canal boat for the first time.
Lynn Miller and Don Brubaker built a wooden thirty-foot canal boat to motor around canals in New York and Canada. The boat is equipped with living quarters for them and their wives to live comfortably for weeks at a time while cruising through various canals.
If all goes well in the coming voyages, the Millers and the Brubakers plan to ship the boat to Europe and explore the many rivers, lakes and canals available there.
Due to a global reorganization of their parent company, Tokai Rubber, DTR Industries Inc. plans to cut production of their hose line.
The portion of the plant that produces rubber hoses for the automotive industry will be closing, but not for at least a year, said a company official. The Bluffton plant employs 760 people.
According to Mayor Fred Rodabaugh, DTR Industries Inc. had its highest payroll ever in 2007 and has experienced declining numbers in 2008 and 2009.
The plant has offered many of their associates early retirement plans, severance packages and buy-outs. The number of people who will be laid off will depend upon the response that plant officials receive from their associates, said DTR Executive Coordinator Tom King.
Now that Fall Festival has come and gone, residents of Bluffton can start thinking about another town favorite, the Blaze of Lights. The kick-off to the Blaze is scheduled for Friday, November 20th at The Centre. There are several exciting events happening that week!