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    This article appears in the November 2010 issue of Louisville Magazine. To subscribe, please visit

    Sixty-five years ago, Arthur C. Harpring founded a local business, mainly an HVAC fabricator that has since been taken over by his sons and merged with other companies. The focus is not simply manufacturing ductwork anymore. “We tend toward the unusual projects,” Kevin Harpring says. “It’s nice to deviate from the norm.” Beneath the Second Street Bridge near the new arena, the Harpring Co. recently finished two 500-pound, stainless-steel floodgates that are each about eight feet tall and 30 feet long. A Russian artist in town etched two paddlewheels and a fleur-de-lis into each panel, and Harpring workers used sanders and grinders to score squiggled designs into the metal, polished to a mirror-like finish. “A lot of people will see it on their way to the arena this fall,” Harpring says. “Hopefully they’ll admire it and not graffiti-tize it, if that’s a word.”

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