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Mount Pleasant News (Newspaper) - March 28, 1961, Mount Pleasant, Iowa
The it. Pleasant news vol. 8.5, no. 73 it. Pleasant Iowa tuesday sex ening Marci i 28, i a Milne bus body Plant Here worst flood in history along Cedar Man u f a Turer announces selection of it. Pleasant for Blue Bird Midwest Waterloo Iowa Ufi the o <1 in River hurled its we food or Rel in history a1 the a to lev of of or North Ehi it bite Kik Plant in Georgia a this is the a Parent Plant of the Blue Bird Midwest Plant which will he to tit it it. Pleasant. Tin fort Valley Cia. Plant located Between a Street and a Railroad somewhat like the location Here i three City blocks Long and two City blocks wide and covers about to acres. There is finish bus parking area for a nit 825 units and Chassis parking for about 1,125 units. The Assembly line is four City blocks Long and the largest Roach in used is a one thousand ton Hydraulic Clearing press. The company has grown to the size indicated in 35 years this is tin doth anniversary. Emphasis is on a single unitized Assembly in their bus body production. In the Blue Bird decision developments since retort came through the Iowa development in let is Saber taut Industrial Prospect p-6113 would have a representative Here to look of a it. I Sihavo it la ii in. Report. Later stated that it pleasant was Antony 20 Iowa communities and among several in Illinois Aud i consideration. Prescan in s i the Plant ilk in that four cite Sider a lion la been narrower course Mon of it p assured. Can a v c. Ii would he in were under the Nom be i t i a ant those who a situation became ing that p a nod the Tough St k it for an infill i mis our it re x prop it $250,0 11 i to the r. A. Hall Carne Here to co Over plans and specifications with local contractors for the building and to Confer with Many local persons. Bids were taken later and re-1 Lect d so that further planning could be done. Preliminary plans j Call for a building with 50,000 Square feet of floor space and for Fin ploy in in t of about 50. On March 22, tire articles of incorporation of Blue Bud Midwest inc Wen published in the in the in an Lime aft r the of Briary meeting it. Pm a ant organized operation fido financial and Industrial development Opportunity to assemble funds with which to defray some of the sex the Cumins of i directors in new District Are elected it s major for it. Pleasant City Torby a cloy Norfali a. Kobe to pared to Malm an Aerial inspect n of the rampaging River. Wit a or of 21 5 i it a exp Quot Rodri by 0 p in the c it far reached tire 20-foot stage at mid morn Ngai d headed for the new record Exc&Quot&Quotd-1 org the 21 feet set on March 18 j i 1029 i mayor de Joeh Toms n took p re s �?T-a1 command of the hundreds of a City workers High a a Choel boys National guardsmen and Givihan volume is who turned to Man the sandbagging operations along the dikes. Ai my i 2 a a sandbags v r r a 1.j.laced at p us levees and around or War a us by mid morning and another too Kio were being filled by the Volute Cit Crew i j ooh urns in said considerable a levee improve to it lad been j made since the 1929 flood and it was exp cud they would Avert Ani major flooding. F gov i in or Kroc announce d Iron Bis at if of Lins that to and adj. O n. Fred c. Commander of the Iowa National guard would Fly Here in a National guard plan this al t Moon and tour the Cedar River flood arca by j Heller up r. A Jne hum r n ?.ut 250 person have Bren evacuated from their wat a surrounded Homes they were Tak n to emergency shelter Sot up in school buildings by the i red Cross. J Evansdale a Small Community i Southeast of or re was reported in Quot terrible shape a and getting a worm Quot by flood officials monday night. A state of emergency was declared by the town s officials and i no one�?.-Ide of the residents a j was being allowed in the City. Officials at Evan Dale monday Aion Fig step orc Erc j about too families who live in the South half of the town from it. Pleasant Iowa has been selected by a Georgia bus manufacturer As the site for a new manufacturing and production faculty. Blue Bird body company of fort Valley Georgia today announced plans for a new Plant in it. Pleasant to produce school and passenger bus bodies. Hie news re ease from fort a by continues Blue Bird one of the largest manufacturers in the school bus Industry plans to begin operations in it. Pleasant later this year producing buses for Iowa and other midwestern states. The new Blue Bird operation we be known As Blue Bird Midwest inc. Officials of Blue Bird announced that it pleasant was chosen after careful consideration of a number of communities in several midwestern states and Many communities in the state of Low a. A 62-acre Industrial site has been secured by the firm on u. S. Highway 34 West of of pleasant. This site was selected by Blue Bird with tile assist Jance of the Henry county Industrial development Randy i corporation. Company officials pointed the advantages of the site having Highway frontage and also being on the main line of the . Railroad. Too of the Robert Humphreys Coke. Robert con or pall. A r and or. R. B. Elected As directors Imfield it. Union Elgin pan kith my Widmer were of the new Community \ aware they wer f comp t communal a of 11 red Cia a 1 at on the i irs in Decer Nix Bow Man of name of product a r time. Walter William development commis him. Although the Type of was not disclosed Loo were intrigued win or took a special interest Bird by it a it i in i school District when coincide Nee was it n the by. A rave a it j e. The it thai i a will p in a incidental any Industry to the Industrial Park which had be n acquired West of my pleasant particularly of hours. To the hoped for coming of Blue Bird. I drive Foi funds now ii get i Cess of $35,000, is continuing. Richard setter Dies in Minnesota school Board monday and Robert a Johnson was elected treasurer. 1 the results of the election follow d strict i Wynia Elm Grovel Robert Humphreys a 461 or x Gipple a 146 j John Cline a 51 i Homer Hilly Aid a i i Jck Gipple i i District ii a Winfield. Marsh Elgin Pancake 434 e. D. Grimmer a 220 i District Iii i. Union Robert Connop a 382 Dwight Cornie 285 at Large Tao elected or r b Widener a 421 Keith Mcallister a 382 Phil 290 Edmund i n a r a 224 Rex Gipple a i to it mar Robert Johnson a 504 Don Gabel in a i a curl Smith i writ in votes or. And mrs. Emmett Barton. I formerly of it. Pleasant now of i Waterloo were among those who abandoned Ila or Home recall e of a the High water. The Witter was no in Lien Home a. Approaching and they moved As an emergency measure they reported in a i Telephone Call to or. Bartons Mother. Mis. Kihei Mills. Bush s p is is Bozeman t in a Blue it. Pm Avant the by by parked near was famed word was received by mrs. Harry Olson of Winfield of the sudden of Richard sett r. Son of or. And mrs. Harry setter of Glenwood i the grandson i to minn., on Friday March 24. The son and mrs. It Louie fun ral was monday or. Setter was son. Favourable comments about Blue Bird later that and part of fort v the be when Tho and Mil even to to much of up As an Many individuals Atter Thev had or to Man i service manager for Blue Bird re y. Cia i it vim v is on Jan. 13 la s Brothe s came Here a cd tailed i ligation Zient of walking Over the g e aes of my they made contacts with at that time to turned to fort announce in it that Blue would p n a Plant Here it much comment ounce lion with the announce est College had ind in having a part Iowa s in West my in hated his i in we i com i Vav. Hartley Maria if Commerce Dot Vic pm it Valley Aon tin 16th four local men Frank Deleia k a. Hayes Richard Hartley with Ray Breazeale As pile took information and material by plane to fort Valley for a further conference c in february Joe Luce and aider Luce. Or. Two of the three Brothers with the r lain. r Frank Dot Lucia presid it of the Henry county Industrial de a i it j jul 11 it it p Iraq on. Prat a cd Edward King for his w irk in the fido Campaign this fund is now up to More than $35,000. I Lucia is no end i r there is my f a. Hayes the corporation and Leader in to Arace Given by Effort expressed appreciation for there were Many the Fine cooperation that a been j appreciation of Tho and the commis 11 Sion pointed sum1 of the Dot no. in the bringing of pm cup it "p-6113&Quot which later in turn d our to be Blue Bird to m. In p peasant. Hartley did much of flit work in assembling information of and a appreciative of the ass Many person comments of City Council. The announcement in this Issue of the new j coming of a new Industrial Plant mar Forward in the Progress in the Alt. Pleasant area we repeatedly Call attention to the Progress Here in t he j their Homes and issued an urgent form of civic improvements residential building Public i plea for dump trucks handbags and and private school expansion Iowa Wesleyan College growth j volunteers Church Extension expansion of the business District plan i a nod Street widening and so on. Bartons move beyond All of this the need for a larger Industrial pay Roll has been apparent. The area dependent upon Agricula because or High water lure to a great degree always will be the need for a1 balanced Economy Between agriculture and Industry is Ever evident local townsmen foresaw that need when they pooled resources to Purchase the Industrial Pari to the East of Alt. Pleasant. A part of that area was still available when a new Industrial Prospect directed Here by the Iowa development commission came. Soon it was apparent that that tract was not Large enough. The Southeast Iowa cooperative electric had a larger tract to the we t tentatively set aside for Industrial development. This and More were soon made available. As this new Prospect bowed increased interest individuals and tin Henry county Industrial development corporation further extended their conjuration. The City i Council the utilities commission the planning commission land Tim Board of supervisors offered their assistance. Fla i Hayes Brank Delucia and Richard Hart a gave he it Quot a and j Days to the preparing and providing of it formation. Edward i King led the drive for funds Lux to a Pun a real estate 1 for resale to the firm and to a it provide it Iii irs to the area. Lure than 500 persons have pledged or contributed i to Kido. And let it be said Here that this Effort to raise j i funds must go right on for there still Are in a it rant Finan-1 vial obligations to be met those associated with the Effort saw in the Prospect. I of or the Type of if Dotstry was f Arm d Ami. It it me of Tho owners had visited her1, one of the most desirable Indus tries any Community could want. Here was an establish Tel company with the finest of sex ecu Ive and with a steady j growth to third place among makers of this product a a school bus bodies. Here was a product that v ill be in de a Manel As Long As there Are schools and transportation of j students. In he Start in Alt. Pleasant would be on a 1�?Tmited basis j i employment of 50 or so All of the planning was to be geared for a much larger number. Tho Ute i ordering at one end Oil Highway 31 and it t in other on the Burlington rail Road would be affiliate for expansion and the building would be constructed so that it could be a lied to. It is important that the location is in the heart of a part of the Best Market for bus bodies. We h a competitive i product and an and Pink a sales presents Ion the future expansion and shakily increasing Empkey rent appears assured. Luch has been the pattern of tin come in y 027 growth Joseph p. Luce vice president of Blue Bird raid plans Are underway to Start construction of the Plant and production facilities at a later Date. Or. Luce said plans Are to staff the it. Pleasant operation with local personnel just As far As possible. Announced plans Call for hiring to begin Well in Advance of the opening of the new Plant. This will permit the company to provide a Brief training program at the main Plant in fort Valley Georgia. Too Blue Bird body company is a family owned corporation operated by president a. L. Luce sr., and his sons Albert Luce jr., George e. Luce and Joseph p. Luce. The firm established in 1927 by the elder or. Luce has grown from a Small producer to its present stature As one of the leaders in the school bus Industry. Blue Bird bus bodies Are distributed in All of the fifty states through a nationwide distributor organization. Blue Bird buses Are also sold and Are operating in More than forty foreign countries. The firm operates another Plant in Brantford Ontario Canada which serves All the provinces of Canada. Three Blue Bird distributors Are present or a Derai pubic Houshiar ing sales and service in Iowa. These Are mid con a a co machine company Mason i a and Misle bus and Des Moines a up a u. 8. Spa Barry Coldwater a Ariz. Today saluted Iowa for not partied a uni in Tho in prom in. Unaware that legislation j Tinnent distributing corporation Des Moines on Tho matter had Bein set tor a up Cia i debate wednesday in the Iowa House. I equipment company Lincoln Nebraska. Lex al management atm vision a p Parent in the be Campal Jim b maim t to be Don t f a t Bives vice president lure Broth Plant Here is very important. It can be one of the most important in the City s Sec it Vul by so Many a runs. He said j the mayor the utilities Board the. History. The need for an Industrial payroll is apparent. An a uti is i one of the Fin St things planning commission the Board of Industry is coming which will fulfil part of this need that has Ever Happ nod in henry1 supervisors Aud to the Rea for Alt. Pleasant has Many Good reasons for extending a of Blue Bird at fort Valley a. They Are apparent a the planning for Alt. Pleasant. We Are confident the Luce i Brothers will never have reason to regret their selection of pleasant for their company s further growth. For Alt. Pleasant area the decision of liners to open a a great stride county or. J ii. It. Of their cooperation. Development i most cordial Welcome to Blue Bird Midwest and to pledge . Re cd id Wick pre. J Corpora iou office a among1 to the lace family and Blue Bird further full cooperation. Iowa we Leyan locals old j Tho mentioning these group. And does. A big moment in it. Pleasant history Ani for by e Biri too a As plans moved Forward towards the opening of a new Blue Bird bus body Plant in Alt. Pleasant Industrial development officials and Blue Bird officials of fort \ Alley Cia., work eel Many details. Two of the Luce Brothers of the Blue Bird company Joseph Luce second from left and Albert Luce jr., second from right Are shown at a Brief intermission in their conference in Alt. Pleasant with Richard Hartley left Frank de Lucia Center and e. A. Hayes. Other pictures on Page 4.
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