balthaus wrote:Speaking to the demise of Marinette....
The economy was in the toilet, luxury tax was in effect, home mortgage interest was double digits, most importantly though, the city of Louisville was actively courting UPS, which meant that they needed more land.
There were a couple of other companies that got pushed out as well...International Harvester, although from what I remember, their Louisville operation was mostly relocated by then, and Bremner Biscuit, and I am not sure about their strength, company wise, in Louisville versus other, if any, production locations.
Mr.Garcia had endured numerous business up's and down's prior to even forming Aluminum Cruisers Inc.. Could he have weathered the early 90's? Hard to say given the economy and the city of Louisville actively expanding the airport.
Speaking of UPS, I was in Lynchburg, VA a few years ago for some training. One of the guys in my class was from UPS in Louisville. He said the building at Standiford Airfield (renamed to Louisville International in 95) where our boats were born is now part of the UPS hub facility...He was well aware of the Marinette name.