This Place in History: Howe Center


3 AMANDA: AT THIS PLACE IN HISTORY, WE’RE IN RUTLAND WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY STEVE PERKINS. STEVE, WHAT BRINGS US HERE?STEVE: SO WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT HOW ONE FAMILY TOOK A HISTORIC PROPERTY AND HAD SOME REALLY COOL IDEAS FOR IT. SO JOE GIANCOLA IS GOING TO MEET US INSIDE AND TELL US ALL ABOUT THE HOWE CENTER.AMANDA: SO WE’RE IN THE HOWE CENTER WHICH IS A REALLY IMPRESSIVE FACILITY, BUT I’M WONDERING HOW IT GOT ITS NAME.JOE: IT WAS THE HOWE SCALE MANUFACTURING COMPANY, THEN IT WAS HOWE RICHARDSON MANUFACTURING COMPANY OWNED BY AEROJET. I JUST USED THE FIRST PART, HOWE, H-O-W-E AND GOT THE HOWE CENTER.AMANDA: GIVE US A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON HOWE SCALES.JOE: HOWE SCALES IN 1870 WAS IN BRANDON AND WHEN THEY CAME HERE, THEY MADE A NOBODY COULD MAKE IT WORK. IN 1987, I KNEW THE PRESIDENT OF AEROJET AND I CALLED HIM UP AND SAID I WANT TO PUT A DEPOSIT DOWN ON YOUR PROJECT. THAT’S HOW WE STARTED. JOE: FOR $400,00 I BOUGHT 18 ACRES AND 23 BUILDINGS. 450,000 SQUARE FEET BUT IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE IT. IT LOOKED LIKE A BOMBED OUT CITY. IN JULY OF ’89 WE CLOSED. THE NEXT DAY WE STARTED CONSTRUCTION AND WE’VE BEEN BUILDING EVER SINCE. WE SPENT THE NEXT TWO YEARS CLEANING UP HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS AND WASTE AND

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