The official closing of the Premier Turbines plant in Neosho went quietly on January 4, as employees Penny Paul and Dan Avicola locked the doors and walked away. There were no on-lookers, no brass bands and no dignitaries.

The official closing of the Premier Turbines plant in Neosho went quietly on January 4, as employees Penny Paul and Dan Avicola locked the doors and walked away. There were no on-lookers, no brass bands and no dignitaries.
That, to me, was a sad ending to a magnificent story in Neosho history. In 1956, the space age arrived in Neosho as plans were announced to build a rocket engine plant on land that used to be Camp Crowder.

Read the complete story in the Jan. 15 print edition of the Neosho Daily News.