Any one passing the intersection of Third Street and Eillison avenue will notice the erection of a monster brick building and a host of men at work thereon. This will be the Ketter Buggy Company, to take the place of the one destroyed by fire some time ago. The frontage is 154 feet on Third Street and 133 on Ellison avenue. It is of brick, two stories high. There will be a one story brick structure 131 by 44 feet to be used for engine and boiler house and for other needs pertaining to a factory of this description. The business of the company is manufacturing buggies and spring wagons, and they will employ 40 hands or more, all skilled and high priced merchandise. The machinery will be of the latest patterns.
The Ketter Buggy Company was lately incorporated, with the following incorporators: President, Dr. A. C. Lowery; Secretary and Treasurer, J.W. Ketter. The directors are: J.F. Ketter, H.A. Marting, Fred Ketter, H. Ketter, H.A. Marting, Dr. Clark Lowrey, and John Flehr.
J.F. Ketter, the senior member of the firm, has been in the business of buggy manufacturing for thirty years, and knows it thoroughly. His son, J.W. Ketter, is also a practical man, having been brought up in the business under the tutelage of his father. He has other sons, all of whom are more or less interested in the business all are industrious and practical young men.
The company has a reputation inferior to no other similar industry in Southern Ohio. They have several men on the road. They will add to their plant as the necessities of their increasing business may demand. The Ketter spring wagon is the special feature of their business. This fine vehicle is a familiar object on the roads not only of Ohio but of many other states. It is remarkable for beauty of construction, for lightness and strength. It is well known in its class as is the famous “Studebaker” among the heavier road wagons.
The Messrs. Ketter have had all the fire they want, and will see to it that the future configurations at their establishment will be reduced to a minimum as to numbers. To that end the new building will be fire proof throughout. There will be fire walls and no wood whatever will be used in construction. There is necessarily much inflammable material about a plant of this character, but the architect has fully provided for ways and means whereby the combustible elements can be handled with very little danger of conflaguration.
While the road wagon is the specialty of the company, the buggies they turn out rank among the best and are in great demand. The vehicles they turn out are fully equal to that of the famous buggies made by firms in some of the larger cities.
While Ironton is essentially a center for the manufacture of iron and steel, she is taking rank as a wood working center, and the Ketter people have done, and are still doing, their share in making the city an important center in woodcraft.