September 23, 2000 |
Margaret E. Pickering Tufo, 68, of Fairless Hills, Bucks County, a retired assembly-line worker and delivery person for The Inquirer, died Wednesday at Frankford Hospital's Bucks County Campus in Fairless Hills after a long illness. For many years, she was an assembler for Keystone Pen Co. in Tullytown, Bucks County. She also had been a Bucks County route delivery person for The Inquirer during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Born in Philadelphia and educated in local parochial schools, Mrs. Tufo traveled across much of the United States as a Navy wife.
February 20, 1992 |
As a youngster, Ben Hamper had full warning of what it was going to be like in the world of work. His father, "a five-star drunk with the ambition of an eggplant," had a job installing windshields at a General Motors plant in Flint, Mich. "Car, windshield. Car, windshield. No wonder my father preferred playin' hopscotch with barmaids," he writes. Hamper may have been forewarned, but - coming from a long line of "shoprats" - he was seemingly unable to escape his fate. By the time he was a young man, his "life was so screwed up . . . that the idea of working for GM not only lost its repugnance, it took on the frantic allure of a rope tossed to a quicksand victim.
September 25, 1986 |
Like so many other manufacturers, the quarterback factory has relocated in the Sun Belt. Brigham Young University, that stronghold in the Utah mountains, used to be the steadiest producer of premier passing quarterbacks. But now, the University of Miami, with headquarters in the upscale suburbia of South Florida, is the most productive supplier of arms. The latest to churn off Miami's assembly line is Vinny Testaverde. Almost any status-seeking NFL owner would be proud to have one. Testaverde, a 6-5, 215-pound senior, already has thrown for 724 yards and six touchdowns in the Hurricanes' first three games this season.
November 19, 1992 |
Chrysler Corp. said yesterday it would spend $137 million to modify its Newark, Del., assembly plant to produce an additional car, the hot, new Dodge Intrepid midsize sedan. The announcement allayed fears that the plant would close in 1994, when production will stop on the Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge compacts assembled there. Production of the Intrepid is to start at the Newark plant next fall, Chrysler spokesman Lee Sechler said. The renovations making that possible will include a 50,000-square-foot addition and modifications to the existing assembly line to permit production of the Intrepid and the cars being built on it now. Those models are the Dodge Spirit and Plymouth Spirit sedans, as well as the Chrysler LeBaron sedan, coupe and convertible.
March 15, 1995 |
Just around the corner from Pureland Industrial Park, which boasts more than 100 companies and provides a base for employment in this town, one more industry briefly set up shop yesterday. There, in the technical education classroom of Logan Township Elementary School, a roomful of first graders reported to Cupcake Delight headquarters early yesterday morning, decked out in handmade paper chef's hats and ready to work. Yesterday's lesson, part of a pilot program designed to introduce technology into the elementary school curriculum, focused on the assembly line.
June 23, 1996 |
Once a month, the kitchen at Beth Sholom Congregation hums like a smooth-running factory. Cauldrons full of boiling pasta bubble softly, styrofoam trays are lined up neatly on the countertop, and men and women - wearing crisp white aprons and latex gloves - expertly maneuver around one another. At several Montgomery and Bucks County synagogues, the transformation from kitchen to assembly line is a regular occurrence. As part of a regional program called "Cook for A Friend," community organizations take turns preparing meals for the David G. Neuman Senior Center in Philadelphia.
December 14, 1991 |
Think of an auto manufacturer who, in the interest of efficiency, decrees that a fixed amount of time be devoted to each unit: so much time for the chassis, so much for the sheet metal, so much for the engine. At the end of the process, the cars would be sorted and priced to reflect how well the workers at each station had done their jobs. The company might have to dump a lot of unmarketable automobiles, but the assembly line would keep rolling along. Sounds like a pretty stupid way to run an assembly line, doesn't it?
June 27, 2016 |
What do you get when you serve Roadster Ricotta with Sports Car Sushi? The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, a wedding of the original, Pininfarina-designed 124 Sport Spider, one of the loveliest Fiats ever, and the wonderfully playful Mazda Miata. Due in U.S. showrooms this summer, this latter-day evocation of that first Spider is a collaboration between Fiat and Mazda. The Japanese automaker supplies the Miata platform and some parts, and will build the rear-drive 124 Spider at its assembly plant in Hiroshima.
April 10, 1990 |
The metallic green Beretta had started down the line at the Chevrolet assembly plant in Wilmington, apparently destined to be a coupe. That is, after all, what the compact Beretta has always been. But someone at the plant decided that since this Beretta had only one life to live, it might as well live it as a sexy, blow-in-your-ear convertible. So the assembly-line robot did not weld a steel roof on this particular Beretta. Instead, the partially completed coupe was loaded on a truck and shipped across the river to a sprawling industrial building in the flat, agrarian hinterland of Bridgeport, Gloucester County.
May 18, 2008 |
It was a crime so disturbing that the aircraft electrician who discovered it on a combat helicopter-assembly line at the Boeing Co. plant in Ridley Township last week almost threw up. A bundle of about 75 electrical wires controlling the instruments on a Boeing Chinook CH-47F - "the life and breath of the aircraft," in one union leader's words - had been slashed. Half the wires in the three-inch-thick cluster had been severed. Someone, it seemed, had hacked away at a $30 million aircraft that has been a workhorse for the military since the Vietnam War and a lifeline to the local labor force that produces it for the world's armed forces.