Bob Hughes – President, Miss Madison, Inc.
  • DSC_5066HOMETOWN:  Madison, Indiana
  • OCCUPATION:  Owner, Clifty Engineering
For over five decades, Bob Hughes has served on the board of directors of Miss Madison, Inc., the corporation that administers the community-owned race team for the City of Madison, Indiana. It began in 1965 when his friend Tony Steinhardt asked Hughes for financial and machine shop support for the struggling Miss Madison. According to Steinhardt, “That boat would have died a long time ago were it not for Bob Hughes.” A prominent Madison businessman, Hughes founded Clifty Engineering & Tool Company in 1961. Bob had past experience as a welder for Williamson Heater. He later worked for Product Engineering Company (PECO) in Columbus, Indiana as a tool and die designer. During his employment with PECO, Hughes dreamed of having his own tool and die business. After much planning, he was on his way, expanding from a small building about the size of a two-car garage to the present facility of 65, 000 square feet, 15 acres and 60 employees.