24 August, 2013

Hovercraft help Terre Haute soar “A Level Above”

A decade ago, the Chamber of Commerce began using the slogan “A Level Above” for the city of Terre Haute. As the Chamber readies for its 100th anniversary annual meeting on August 28 in Hulman Center, what better way to promote it than soaring a level above … in a Neoteric hovercraft!

As B.J. Riley, Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board and Publisher of the Tribune-Star said before he literally took a spin in a hovercraft piloted by Neoteric president Chris Fitzgerald, “As we start down the road towards the next 100 years, I am confident our business community will work together. Of course, with the innovative spirit we have in Terre Haute, perhaps we won’t need roads … where we’re going!


Hovercraft are definitely attention-getters. Watching B.J. spin, his wife Mary, the Chamber's Membership Coordinator said, "You're like a kid, just watching it!"

A recent Tribune-Star editorial credits Neoteric's innovative spirit for bringing world attention to Terre Haute: "[Neoteric] deserves the community's congratulations. It joins DADC, Bemis, the old Columbia Records, Larry Bird, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and others in bringing worldwide distinction to Terre Haute. But the difference with Neoteric is it truly is riding on air."

But why is this hovercraft burnt orange? That's another story of innovation. The craft belongs to Neoteric customer Bob Vanderheiden, who was in town that day to pick up his new craft. He was pleased to offer its use before undergoing training later that day at Hovercraft Training Centers. Stay tuned - a post is coming up that tells the story of Bob's hovercraft. In the meantime, enjoy a few photos of the Hulman Center action ...

Bob Vanderheiden (second from left) meets the Chamber of Commerce staff ...

B.J. Riley is all smiles after his literal spin in a Neoteric Hovercraft ... 

 Chris Fitzgerald takes a moment to relax in his creation and enjoy the fun - before the hard work
of an afternoon of pilot training begins ...

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