Tennessee Twister Targets Gibson Plant

No serious injuries reported

Published online: Apr 09, 2006 News
Viewed 320 time(s)
The last thing you want to hear about in houseboat country is a wayward twister. An April 8 report from the The Tennesseean described just that, although instead of bearing down on a dock or marina, it went after a houseboat manufacturing plant...

About 40 workers inside the Gibson houseboat factory in Goodlettsville rushed for safety minutes before a tornado tore through, ripping off the roof and throwing debris on top of people and boats. Cecil Brown, the maintenance manager at the plant, said a cement block wall fell on him and he had to dig himself out.
...
"We looked at the Weather Channel and saw that some storms were coming and went to make a decision on whether we were going to send people home," said Ed Wooden, plant manager at Gibson Fiberglass Products Inc. at 308 Church St., Goodlettsville. "We rounded people up to put in the front of the building" in a break area with steel beams, he said.

One person saw the funnel cloud. "We watched it, and I said, 'Let's go, guys.' We all ran, and within a matter of seconds it just came through." One man's shoulder was injured and other people were hurt, but no one seriously, Wooden said. Four houseboats were at the plant, one finished, and they were damaged.

"I hope they rebuild," Wooden said of the houseboat business' owners. "I don't know if they will or not. There will be a lot guys out of work" if they don't.

Participants in the Champion Owners Ultimate Challenge fishing tournament in Gallatin had a close call as well, said David Barnett, head of marketing and tournament director for the Murfreesboro-based Stratos/Champion boat company.


Source: The Tennesseean, April 8, 2006

You May Also Be Interested In...

April 15, 2015

Houseboat Travels To Puerto Rico For New Christian Bale Movie

A 1960s River Queen houseboat is making the exciting trip to Puerto Rico to take part in a 20th Century Fox film called "The Deep Blue Good-by," starring Christian Bale.
April 08, 2015

A Beautiful And Tragic Show Of Love

In a brave display of courage and love, 74-year-old Everett McGowin dove into the swift, cold waters of the Fraser River near Vancouver, Canada, in an effort to save his wife...
April 03, 2015

66 Days At Sea

After being lost at seafor 66 days, Louis Jordan has been rescued 200 miles off the coast of South Carolina.
April 01, 2015

California Fishing-License Purchases Are Dropping

If fishing is your game, you might want to take the luring call of California lakes with a grain of salt.
March 30, 2015

The Mini Bike Is Back!

The Downtube Mini Shimano Nexus 8SP Folding Bike has answered the call of demand and is back on the market!
Follow us on Facebook!   Follow us on Instagram!   Follow us on Pinterest!   Follow us on YouTube!