National Road Traveler from Cambridge City, Indiana on August 9, 1972 · Page 8
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National Road Traveler from Cambridge City, Indiana · Page 8

Cambridge City, Indiana
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Wednesday, August 9, 1972
Page 8
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8--National Road Traveler August 9,1972 DOWN BUT NOT OUT--Stubborn pockets of smouldering debris kept Cambridge City firemen busy much of Friday and Saturday as they made numerous runs back to the fire scene at Converto Manufacturing. TWISTED MESS-The machine shop section of Converto resembles a bomb strike more than a manufacturing plant following Friday"s costly fire. The truck bed in the foreground is one of many damaged or lost during the blaze. REDUCED TO RUBBLE-The portion of Converto Manufacturing front on Fourth street was a rubble of twisted steel and fallen blocks following the worst fire in Cambridge City in a decade last Friday morning. Raging Fire Continued from page 1 plant occurred just as the power company employee readied to cut the power and the blast obvfaoly frightened him away. As a result, firemen were still forced to fight the fire from a considerable distance. Departments assisting local firemen fight the fire included Milton. Dublin, Hagerstown and Centerville firemen already were on their way and they were Joined by Richmond, Greens Fork, Benlonville, Boston, Webster and Williamsburg with Fountain City and Economy on standby. Late Tuesday origin of the fire still remained unknown and according to Robert Held, General MangerGolay Co., it will be several days before an accurate estimate of damages will be known. Heid spiked rumors that the plant would shut down following the second disasterous fire at the same location in less than 20 years. Heid emphatically stated, "We have no plans to shut the plant down and do plan to continue production as soon as possible. Just how we do it and at which of the two remainig Golay plants is still being discussed". The main building destroyed was steel truss with a block wall and built-up roof. It housed a T LON E LYTR Al LE R - Using the sky as the only remaining roof, this truck ' bed Was badly burned in Friday's fire at Converto Manafactu'rlrig. Local ; trirem»iiWM*«>diA»st»nc*fMnqJO oW^.ceMWvbWwitotxlQeifr* blaze • ^ ^ . • _. ' machine (hop, metal fabricating shop and welding equipment and manufactured hydraulic hoists, steel and aluminum dump truck bodies, dump trailers, specialized heavy materials handling systems, transport equipment, military radar vans and iteel forms for presumed concrete. Converto Manufacturing is one of four divisions of Golay Co., Inc. and was originally founded in 1S39 by C. R. Golay. Other divisions include Chore Boy, manufacturers, of dairy equipment. Let Cylinders, manufacturer of propane gas containers, and Golay International, coordinator of all overseas marketing operations for the other three divisions. The fire was the third In the corporation's history and in addition to the previous fire at the same location, a $300.000 blaze destroyed the Lee Cylinder! plant in 1965. Cambridge City firemen were on the scene of the latest fire 12 hours and 90 minutes according to Ed Longnecker, secretary of the local department. However, the department was .called out repeatedly Friday and Sturday to douse smouldering piles of debris. Oris Rudisell, assistant fire chief, said the fire was brought under control at 2:30 a.m. Oar Prices An Diving like The Devil 1968 Camaro by Chevrolet. Automatic transmission, radio and six cylinders r and we tacked a six shooter price on a very good used car. This Week Only M185 JOHNSON AUTO SALES 203 W. Main 476-5760 Btmer tuntrtrt. _ Proud fo be parfof Cambridge History, —Prouder lo be a part of its future ; Howord & Son 47A.7Q31

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