Specialty work propels company to prominence
Lifelong love of boating inspires Twinsburg engineering firm
By SHARON SCHNALL
Thom Bucknell spent his youth boating. His family belonged to the Mentor Harbor Yachting Club; his father owned a 40-foot cabin cruiser.
To pique the three Bucknell children’s interests, the elder Bucknell bought them an 8-foot dinghy. With that dinghy, Thom explored the adjacent lagoons, marshes and swamps, and, at age 12, he entered a regatta.
“I discovered if I tied a broomstick handle to the tiller and sat up front, it would go fast,” Bucknell said. “It was just in me: I liked going fast in boats.”