January 9, 1993 |
Four years after Sears, Roebuck & Co. said it planned to close its Northeast Philadelphia distribution center, there may at last be a buyer for part of the landmark Roosevelt Boulevard site. Government officials confirmed yesterday they are working with a local privately owned employer, Cardone Industries Inc., to push a deal through. Cardone, a remanufacturer of auto parts in Philadelphia, has its main plant at Rising Sun and Adams avenues in Northeast Philadelphia. The 120-acre former Sears site at Adams Avenue, for 70 years a regional distribution center for the retailer, has been on the market since 1989.
October 22, 1994 |
Michael Cardone Sr., 78, a coal miner's son who came to Philadelphia in 1934 as a mechanic and built an auto parts company into the city's largest private manufacturer, died Wednesday in his Huntingdon Valley home. Cardone Industries, whose products are distributed under the name A-1 Remanufacturing, employs more than 2,200 people at several sites in North and Northeast Philadelphia. "A real Horatio Alger story," said Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph C. Bruno, who knew Mr. Cardone for 58 years.
February 25, 2001 |
Edgar Rose, 90, who overcame the odds during the Great Depression and started an auto retail supply business that flourished with a successful chain of stores, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at Lankenau Hospital. He lived in Lower Merion. Mr. Rose had completed four years of a five-year engineering program at Drexel University when he was forced to leave school in the early 1930s to help his family financially. He had paid his way at Drexel by managing a garage owned by his father, Harry, at Eighth and Vine Streets in Philadelphia.
November 21, 2014 |
Two years ago, Levittown auto-parts seller James Howard Simmers was caught up in a major investigation of methamphetamine trafficking. He and 26 other people were arrested in "Operation Blowout," in which the state attorney general charged that traffickers used code words about auto parts to describe big drug shipments. Now, all charges have been dropped against Simmers, 51, who operates J&J Auto Salvage in Bucks County. And Simmers, who had no criminal record, contends in a federal civil rights suit filed Tuesday that state agents wrongly assumed he was involved with drugs simply because he was overheard discussing auto parts with another man in the case.
January 19, 2001 |
Police raided a Southwest Philadelphia junkyard Wednesday morning and discovered more than $100,000 in alleged stolen-car parts. Police immediately ordered Little Frankie's Salvage Yard closed. Cops spent yesterday - and likely most of today - taking inventory of the 9.3-acre yard for more stolen goods. No arrests were made, but police are investigating who owns the yard, on Essington Avenue near Passyunk, and how much the owners and operators knew about the stolen-parts' origin, said Sgt. Fritz Brennan, of the major-crimes division's auto squad.
December 8, 1990 |
The FBI confiscated $50 million in counterfeit auto parts and accessories in a series of raids in 15 states, officials announced. Other than seizures related to drugs, this was the biggest such operation in FBI history, agents said yesterday. The seizure of the parts is the culmination of a three-year undercover investigation called "Operation Partsman," which looked into the manufacturing, importation and distribution of the bogus parts, said Lawrence Lawler, a special agent with the FBI's Los Angeles office.
May 8, 1986 |
The Japanese government yesterday agreed to hold a new round of trade talks with U.S. officials this year that could increase the shipment of American auto parts and other transportation equipment to Japan, State Department officials said. They said the talks, which could begin as early as next month, will focus on reducing trade barriers in two areas: the sale of U.S. parts to Japanese automakers for use in new cars and the "after-sale" used-car-parts market. State Department officials said the talks were most likely to produce progress in the used-car-parts market because the biggest barrier there is the behavior of government-employed vehicle inspectors, who often reject any car with parts not made by the original manufacturer.
August 9, 1992 |
When Stephen Mosteller reported for his usual 7 a.m. shift one November day in 1991 at Lignotock Corp., a Mount Holly auto parts supplier, he did not know that his whole approach to manufacturing was about to be transformed. Three executives from Toyota's North American headquarters in Georgetown, Ky., also showed up for the morning shift. They were invited by Lignotock's senior management, which was eager to learn Toyota's manufacturing process before beginning production for a five-year contract.
March 26, 2006 |
Salsa music blares from a factory boom box as Akouvi Tokoni grabs a used Honda Civic distributor from a milk crate. The 32-year-old immigrant from Togo checks the metal casting to make sure that it can be rebuilt to the correct specifications. Satisfied that it can, she inserts bushings and seals, sprays the part with compressed air, and screws in wire harnesses before passing the partially built distributor to a coworker. By the end of Tokoni's shift, Cardone Industries Inc. will convert more than 1,500 used distributors into good-as-new parts ready to ship to wholesalers, repair shops and auto dealers across the country.
October 11, 1995 |
Philadelphia Gas Works officials yesterday said the utility fired four employees after uncovering a "systematic" theft of auto parts from the company's garage. Officials at the city-owned utility were vague about the thefts, but said PGW lost material valued at "thousands of dollars" over several years. The case was referred to the District Attorney's Office. "Since the investigation is ongoing, all I will say at this time is that PGW will not tolerate theft, fraud or abuse in any part of the organization," said E. Talbot Briddell, PGW's general manager.