MISHAWAKA Ind. -- Fourteen years ago, June 17, 2000, the old Uniroyal buildings in downtown Mishawaka were imploded as thousands of us watched in person and on TV.
Uniroyal, and its predecessor Ball Band, who made the red ball jets shoes worn by many Michiana kids, were the life-blood of the Mishawaka economy for decades.
But by 2000, years after Uniroyal closed up shop in the Princess City, the buildings sat vacant and it was time for a big change.
Today the beautiful Beutter Park, and the buildings around it, stand where Uniroyal once did.