June 26, 2015 |
CLARENCE QUEEN was a man of many talents. He could restore an antique car, remodel a house, sing professionally and make unique sculptures that won prizes. Clarence used his knowledge of auto mechanics and auto restoration to create sculptures out of auto parts and other discarded material, which were exhibited in Philadelphia and New York City galleries. "I fell in love with his art when I first saw it," said Marilyn Kai Jewett, who worked with Clarence to promote his art. "I had never seen anything like it. Clarence was a very unique sculptor.
June 23, 2015 |
Lester Rosenfeld, 89, of Blue Bell, the son of a Pep Boys cofounder and an avid Philadelphia philanthropist, died Thursday, June 18, of lung cancer at home. Mr. Rosenfeld worked his way up in the automotive business from storing used auto parts in the back room to eventually following his father, Emanuel "Manny" Rosenfeld, into the East Falls corporate office. His father was one of the famed Pep Boys - Manny, Moe, and Jack - who in 1921 founded the auto supply and repair business 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.
March 4, 2013 |
Franny and Jerry Weinstein were struggling to make a living selling auto parts during the great gas crisis of 1979 when the Nike swoosh changed everything. The couple had tried peddling a few close-out-brand athletic shoes to help shore up their bottom line, and before long, the Weinsteins' Automotive City gave way to a sneaker nation. "Nike and Adidas were exploding the whole industry," Franny Weinstein, 65, said. "Our sneakers starting doing better than the auto parts. " Now, the Weinsteins have made another momentous business decision, not driven by an international oil embargo, but by local competition and the Internet.
February 16, 2013 |
With Wednesday's arrest of 14 people linked to the apparent theft of $1 million worth of auto parts from the Bensalem Township School District over a decade, law enforcement and school officials are trying to understand how the situation went unchecked for so long. In particular, officials wonder how Jack Myers, the former business manager, who oversaw the district's $100 million annual budget, failed to recognize any financial malfeasance. Myers was charged with theft and misappropriation of government property.
September 18, 2012 |
The United States and China filed dueling complaints at the World Trade Organization on Monday, sharpening what has become a steady trade skirmish even as the nations' leaders pledge to expand economic cooperation between the world's two largest economies. U.S. officials accuse China of giving hundreds of millions of dollars a year in subsidies to its auto parts makers in order to boost its own exports. "Export subsidies are prohibited under WTO rules because they are unfair and severely distort international trade," U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement.
February 28, 2012 |
DETROIT - Auto sales are growing so fast that Detroit can barely keep up. Three years after the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed, sales of cars and trucks are surging. Sales could exceed 14 million this year, above last year's 12.8 million. The result: Carmakers are adding shifts and hiring thousands of workers around the country. Carmakers and parts companies added more than 38,000 jobs last year, reaching a total of 717,000. And automakers have announced plans to add another 13,000 this year, mostly on night shifts.
June 3, 2011 |
On Saturday, 12 world championship high-horsepowered monster trucks that weigh more than 5 tons each will jump 125 feet, soaring up to 35 feet in the air, as they compete at the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at Lincoln Financial Field. The trucks, which stand 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, can travel up to 100 m.p.h. This year's drivers include world champions from the Monster Jam World Finals XII; Tom Meents, winner of the racing competition with his Maximum Destruction truck; and Jim Koehler, who won the freestyle competition driving a truck known as the Avenger.
May 12, 2011 |
On a dreary weekday afternoon inside Tacony Billiards, coffee in styrofoam cups scents the air, along with the day's special of meatball sandwiches, as legends long retired from the working class sit along the sideline like crows on a fence, lying in wait, watching a tight game of one-pocket pool. The club, a former supermarket and discount-clothing store, sits solitary, a block from I-95 in the Northeast. With 46 tables, it has a reputation for bringing out the best of the best: wily onetime hustlers, lights-out players, and gentlemen of skill.