GALLIPOLIS — Several major supporters of the Gallipolis River Recreation Festival were recently treated to a two-hour river cruise aboard Amherst Madison’s J.S. Lewis.
Amherst Madison purchased the former OKAN Marine repair in May of 2016 and has since relocated all of their shipyard assets from Henderson, W.Va. to the Gallia County site. Amherst Madison retained all of the employees during the acquisition and has even added employees since the move.
Capt. Charles T. Jones is pleased to become a part of the Gallia County area and was pleased to host the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce on board Amherst Madison’s Mv J.S. Lewis for a ride showcased the large shipyard and a view of the county’s riverfront area. The historic Mv J.S. Lewis was built in 1931 by Charles Ward Engineering Works in Charleston, W.Va. This vessel purchased by Amherst in 1955 and was repowered in 1958 from steam to diesel. Jones recently celebrated his 99th birthday on June 4 of this year.
“We are grateful to Mr. Jones and the rest of the Amherst Madison team for giving us this opportunity to learn more about the Ohio River and what it provides for the area. We welcome Amherst Madison to Gallia County and look forward to working with them in the future,” said Chamber Executive Director Michelle Miller.
Submitted by Gallia County Chamber of Commerce.