Less than ten miles west of Falls of the Ohio State Park and just across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY lays a small city in Indiana named New Albany. Founded in 1813, this area was not always known as the quiet river city it is today. During the early 19th century, it was a transportation hub for businesses that focused on shipping and boat building. It was the largest and richest city in the region, being a perfect launching point for ships to the South as well as developing dozens of industries to support the ship builders in the area.
Time went on and the city transitioned from shipping over the water to shipping via rail. Railroad stops and repair centers were built in vacated steamboat shops, and a bridge was built across the Ohio River to ship goods. New Albany has been a center of industrial innovation and growth throughout the 20th century, adding plywood and veneer to its industrial portfolio. That industrial base helped to create a ripe environment for Charles Allan Prosser to create the basis for the vocational school, where students would be trained “to get a job, to hold it, and to advance to a better one.” That strategic bend in the Ohio River has been cradling some great people and innovative thinkers in the 200 years of its existence.
Protecting What is Valuable
With all of that brilliance in the area, you need to make sure that work is well protected from anything Mother Nature has in store. The Ohio River flooded in 1937 and the people in the area reacted by building flood walls around the city. In fact, they were the first in the region to do so.
The company we visited in New Albany knows about protecting what is valuable; they have been creating products to protect vital documents since 1951. They have partnered with companies like Winchester Ammunition to make gun safes and expanded their offering to include digital security. They are a family-owned business that has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last few decades. We have been happy to help them with our LTL shipping and Business Critical services, keeping their equipment safe as it travels the country.
Enjoying the Time, Despite the Rain!
When our hauler pulled into the parking lot, it was an overcast and rainy day in southern Indiana. However, that was not going to stop this group from getting out and looking at the race car that our hauler brought with it! As the day went on, the clouds parted and the sun came out, making an outdoor hot dog lunch a much more pleasant experience. Many pictures were taken and the employees enjoyed taking turns sitting behind the wheel of the race car. Innovation and emerging safety technology are both alive and well just to the west of the Ohio River falls. The rain was nowhere near enough to dampen the mood with our friends in New Albany.
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