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February 27, 2017


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Part 2 - A Bluffton you never knew - Andrew Klay Foundry

1887 -1925 Owner — Andrew Klay

The Andrew Klay Foundry was located on the corner of Grove and Jackson streets during the years 1887 to 1925.

The owner of the foundry was Andrew Klay, a natural-born genius with an aptitude for mechanics. The business was started as a small repair shop, but increased in size when fKlay purchased some larger equipment from another repair shop operated by Courtad and Green.


First National Bank celebrates 25th anniversary in Bluffton this week

Thursday, Aug. 20, marks the 25th year anniversary of the grand opening of First National Bank’s Bluffton branch. To celebrate the anniversary the Bluffton branch will host a weeklong celebration for customers and the community starting Monday, Aug.17th.


A Bluffton you never knew: Stories about our pioneer businesses - part 1

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. The Icon will publish one article at a time. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations mentioned. The manuscript was given to the Icon by the Ropp Triplett family.


Free tire rotation with purchase of oil change at Bluffton Auto Repair Center

Stratton Auto Group, N. Main St., Bluffton, is offering a free tire rotation with the purchase of an oil change.

All you need to do is to mention that you saw the offer on The Icon.

Stratton's now includes Main Street Rentals, Stratton Auto, and Bluffton Service Center>

Call 419-358-0303 to schedule your oil change and free tire rotation.

Remember to tell them you saw the ad on The Icon


Lima Building and Construction Trades Council donates Husky golf outing

$58,800 was raised by the Lima Building and Construction Trades and its contractor partners at the annual Husky golf outing held July 25. Last year’s golf outing raised a record $132,000. 

“We are pleased that the Lima Building and Construction Trades Council and our signatory contractors are responsible for such a large percentage of the funds raised at the Husky golf outing.


Stratton Auto Group expands into former Kirtland's Auto Sales

Stratton Auto Sales, 220 N. Main St., has expanded its services and has a new name, reflecting this expansion, according to Shawn and Jay Stratton, owners.

Under the new name of Stratton Auto Group, the business now operates Stratton Auto Sales, Main Street Rentals and Bluffton Auto Repair Center.

“We are very excited about our expansion and look forward to continuing to serve current customers and add new ones,” said Shawn and Jay.


Boutique 415 holds tax free weekend sale

Boutique 415, located at 415 N. Main St., is holding a tax free weekend sale, according to Joan Frederick, of the shop.

The following items are on sale:
• $10 off Jag jeans
• 20 % off spring and summer apparel
• 20 % off Organic Earth Creation tees
• 20 % off all scarves, hats and shoes

Check out sale items at Facebook.com/Boutique415

Ohio Senate Bill 243 enacted a one-time sales tax holiday to occur only in 2015. The holiday starts on Friday, Aug. 7, and ends on Sunday, Aug. 9.


Smith Realty announces two new residential listings

Smith Realty Professionals, 147 N. Main St., Bluffton, announce two new residential listings, according to Larry Smith.

103 Hawthorn Ct., Bluffton
The three-bedroom, ranch, has a $249,900 list price. Open the attachment below for more details. Contact Lorrinda Smith for details at 419-358-5450.

314 Lincoln St., Mt. Cory
The 1 1/2 story residence in the Cory-Rawson school district has a list price of $79,500. Contact Candace Myers for details at 419-358-4910. Open the attachment below for more details.


Citizens National Bank offers mobile banking for businesses on smartphones

Citizens National Bank now offers a service that provides mobile banking for businesses on smartphones.

This free service is available to any customer who uses Online for Business, CNB’s business online banking package. Authorized users can approve transactions, monitor accounts and even make mobile deposits.

Customers simply need to search the App Store or Google Play for “Citizens National Bank Business” and download the app, login with their current online banking credentials and begin banking.


Lu Lu's Diner owner: "We couldn't have asked for a better opening day"

“How exciting is this? Everyone is amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better opening day. We were busy all day.”

That’s how Justin Musil of Bluffton’s newest business, Lu Lu’s Diner, talked about the diner’s opening day on July 27.

The diner, at 114 E. College Ave., formerly housed Ideal Images. An earlier announcement of its arrival was reason for great conversation and anticipation in Bluffton.

Tom and Sheena Dotson, of Tommy Tires, own the building and are leasing it to Justin and Amy Musil of Elida.