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July 24, 2021

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Bluffton's newest 1950-era industry

Do you know where this building stands today? It was originally Bluffton's Ex-Cell-O plant. There, its employees produced machines that created paper milk cartons.

Today it is Diamond Manufacturing and it stands at the corner of Jefferson Street and the County Line Road.

Leland Gerber, Bluffton photographer took this photo in 1956 when the plant was constructed. Several things to notice:

• The poor condition of Jefferson Street
• Several building expansions occurred following the plant's opening
• The front windows have changed
• A doorway now exists to the left of the "Ex-Cell-O sign, which, of course, is no longer on the building
• The parking lot was not yet constructed
• The photographer saw an opportunity on a very cumulus cloudy day to take this photo