Two Allen County basket makers are in Washington D.C. to see their work featured in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution.
But their plans could be ruined because of the government shutdown.
Scott Gilbert and Beth Hester are a husband-and-wife basket making team from Scottsville. One of Gilbert’s baskets is part of a Smithsonian exhibit scheduled to open to the public this Friday. That opening is in jeopardy unless Congress passes a measure funding the government.
Gilbert told WKU Public Radio he and his wife walked to the exhibit gallery Tuesday morning, only to find all the doors locked.
“Well, for a little while I was really mad about it. But when you’re standing here—we’re at the corner of I and 17th Avenues—and everything is hustle and bustle, and life goes on and the city goes on. I really don’t think they care much about the government here in Washington," Gilbert said with a laugh.
Sumitomo Electrical Wiring Systems in Scottsville and Yahagi America Molding in Park City have will expand their operations adding nearly two dozen new jobs. Sumitomo will re-open their previously shuttered first plant that began operations in 1988. The building is currently undergoing a $3 million renovation for manufacturing electric wire terminals produced for automotive wiring harness applications for their North American and European customer base.