Local business making big splash in downtown Johnstown

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Based out of a shed and a tent in Moxham, Coal Tubin’s old headquarters wasn’t ideal.

Owner Chad Gontkovic moved his whitewater rafting and river tubing company up the river to 416 Main Street. Now, there’s more parking, electricity and bathrooms.

“Utilities, having electricity, having water. Little things like that go a long way,” said Gontkovic.

Coal Tubin’ is renting space in the historic building that once housed a church, the convention and visitors’ bureau and several other businesses. It’s been vacant for eight years until the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority bought the building to fix it up and bring it back to life.

“It’s another piece to revitalizing our downtown,” said Melissa Komar, the JRA executive director. “We’re super excited to see the buses pull up and see all the foot traffic Coal Tubin’ will bring us.”

With the new headquarters and the weather getting warmer, Gontkovic said it’s the perfect time to grab a tube and hit the river.

“Perfect water level, perfect weather. Doesn’t get any better,” Gontkovic said.

“We think being on Main Street, the buzz will just push people through the community to say, ‘What is that? What are they doing?'” he continued. “We’re growing really well and we think this place will allow us to do that even more.”

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