at the factory ceased by 1963 and were moved to Mt. Summit, Indiana.
now empty water tower is
maintained and repainted. The 65,000 sq. ft. plant
is now used as a warehouse and distribution center for Brooks
ended, the plant did contract work and produced Hawaiian Punch fruit
engineer, inventor, and the proclaimed "idea man," Gerhart S. Suppiger,
Sr., the father of the World's Largest Catsup Bottle, passes away in
Foods, Inc. becomes
a division of Curtice-Burns, Inc. of Rochester, New York.
Bottle is painted
with the new Brooks logo and
label design. Afterwhich, maintenance and
upkeep slack off considerably.
Punch for about a dozen years, the "catsup factory" as it was still
began contract work to bottle a Bloody Mary drink mix for the McIlhenny
Tabasco Company. A rather ironic twist of fate that would continue from
the mid 1970s to the 90s.
Largest Catsup Bottle sits neglected. Angelo Leoni, manager of the
facility, said "It seems like every time we repaint it, somebody climbs
up and sprays graffiti on it."
makes what we believe is its first visit to the Catsup Bottle.
become somewhat of an eyesore and is seen as just this strange thing
there. Although feature stories have appeared every so often in the
no one really appreciates it. Few remember its origin or its history or
even its purpose. Angelo Leoni, a Brooks V.P. of Administration, said
and maintenance on it just got too expensive.
Wild and Crazy Ride Along America's Byways" appears in the Travel
of the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday, June 21, 1992 . The story
the soon-to-be-released "Roadside America" book and features photos of
the Catsup Bottle, the World's Largest Tire (Dearborn, Mich.), the
Biggest Bull (Audubon, Iowa), and the World's Largest Six-Pack (La
New Roadside America
- The Modern Traveler's Guide to the Wild & Wonderful World of
Tourist Attractions" is published by Fireside, and released on June 28,
1992. The World's Largest Catsup Bottle is briefly mentioned in the
section of the book. This is the first bit of national attention for
Catsup Bottle, and the snowball starts to roll...
and our friends from Roadside
America stop by for a visit. Thanks go out to Mike Wilkins, Ken
and Doug Kirby, as they came by the Catsup Bottle on the promotional
for their new book.