Bellevue undergoes years of expansion
(Continued from last week)
The following year in 1948 the chamber of commerce industrial committee submitted their report at their annual meeting. Homer Crecelius presided at the yearly meeting. He told of the planned expansion of Bellevue industries during 1948 may result in the hiring of 380 new persons.
The report said the Nickel Plate Railroad will need 50–60 skilled men for their roundhouse and at least 50 other men in the other departments.
Expansion at the National Farm Machinery, formerly the Ohio Cultivator Co., will necessitate the hiring of some 150–200 men. The new addition to the Spencer-Kellog soybean plant will require the hiring of 10 more men. Crecelius noted according to the report, the Bellevue Lamp Plant was going to add 60 more women during 1948.
Admitting one of the biggest problems facing the city is of housing. Crecelius said during 1947 there were 55 new homes started and completed and 30 more apartments made available, at least 100 rental units could still be absorbed at once.
Crecelius noted future plans of the chambers individual members. W.M. LaSalle urged support for the newly organized Forman’s Club, which meets at the YMCA. R. Hollis Matherly, chairman of the special committee of the city council promoting Bellevue Housing Week in the city, explained the aims of the committee and outlined the program which has been set up to make more apartments available.
Leonard Kirtz, president of the Akron Candy Co., said he believed Bellevue was in dire need of some sort of municipal park. He suggested the Mill Pond would make an ideal spot for such a development. Melvin Snyder was of the opinion that possibly some of the downtown store fronts could be remodeled to give the city a more modern appearance.
W.S. Nyerges presented certificates to Bellevue citizens who have successfully completed a Conference Leadership course sponsored here by the University of Toledo and the State Department of Education.
E.P. Anthony, E.L. Blank, E.D. Garman, J.D. Johnson, N.E. Meeker, L.C. Stancliff, J.S. Sweet, C.K. Toll, F.L. Wing, and J.M. Zobec, all of the Bellevue Lamp Works.
C.W. Folk and H.F. Grote, of the Ohio Public Service Co.
H.C. Koser of Pure Ice Cream Dairy Co.
E. Stephens of the Gross Lumber Co.
Bellevue Historian Bill Oddo writes a weekly column for The Bellevue Gazette.