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March 23, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Changes in the union workforce at the Convention Center have dramatically lowered the cost of putting on an event there, an internal analysis shows. The report compares labor hours and the number of people working at this year's landmark Philadelphia Auto Show with last year's show, finding that lower costs and more efficiency yielded a 20 percent savings on the show's labor bill. "We were ecstatic," said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, considering the attendance, the savings, and what he sees as a positive shift in attitude after union carpenters were replaced by union stagehands in May 2014.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
AT THE Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., tomorrow through Jan. 27. Open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 27. Admission $12 adults, $6 ages 7 to 12, ages 6 and under free with a paying adult. phillyautoshow.com. Test car drivers must be 18, have a valid driver's license and insurance card and pass a Breathalyzer test.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2010 | By Robert Strauss FOR THE INQUIRER
The 108th Philadelphia International Auto Show will be smaller this year. Maybe not in floor space at the Convention Center or in numbers of models, but clearly in the size of those vehicles. The annual show, which opens Saturday and continues through Feb. 7, displays more than 700 cars and is not only going eco-friendly green, but is also for saving the green - as in money from customer's wallets. The manufacturers this year are featuring cars with smaller bodies, "eco" add-ons, and far greater miles per gallon than last decade's gas guzzlers.
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May 20, 2001 | By Kay Raftery INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
An auto show to benefit the Delaware Valley Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3 at Interboro High School, 16th Street and Amosland Road, Prospect Park. The show is a project of seniors at the high school. Participants may register their cars for $10. There will be antique, classic and custom automobiles. Admission is free. For information, call the foundation at 610-325-6001. Jenkintown's Community Alliance. On Wednesday, 5 percent of all sales at Fresh Fields in Baederwood Center, 1575 The Fairway, will go to physical improvements in the borough planned by the alliance, which has set as its goal a walkable, tree-lined community in Jenkintown.
NEWS
February 10, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writervellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MONTHS-LONG labor dispute allegedly kicked into high gear Saturday when about 200 unionized carpenters descended on the Philadelphia Auto Show, officials said. John McNichol, president and chief executive of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, told the Daily News today that "belligerent" members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters vandalized cars, accosted vendors and generally disrupted the show, which ended Sunday. Now, he's hoping that a temporary restraining order against the union can help calm things down in a contract dispute over the carpenters' ability to work inside the center.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's chief tourism-marketing arm has unveiled a full-out blitz to boost Philadelphia's image as a destination for winter gate shows and as a major arts mecca with the May opening of the Barnes. The effort is being lauded by city hoteliers, who say it can only help put "heads in beds" during their most challenging season. The first campaign marshaling the forces of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. (GPTMC), hoteliers, and the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia begins Saturday.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The paralyzing snow that shut down schools, shopping malls, and government offices part of last week also slowed traffic to the Philadelphia Auto Show, but organizers were impressed that even on the worst day the event didn't run out of gas. The annual, nine-day event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center that concluded Sunday kept its doors open every day in a gamble that apparently paid off. Patrons braved the elements to look at and...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1998 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We're a bit surprised that the powers behind the Philadelphia International Auto Show are being rather subdued about the nine-day show that will begin Saturday. They're putting 700 brand-new cars from 34 manufacturers inside the Grand Hall of the Convention Center. It will be the largest auto show ever - a half-million square feet of exhibition space, spotlighting many of the major manufacturers' new production cars, race cars, show cars, and prototypes. Also part of the event are a science fair, a black-tie gala and celebrity appearances.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA When their son was born in 1998, Joan and Michael Richey bought a Toyota 4Runner to have room for the baby. "Now, he's 15. It's time to upgrade," Joan Richey said Saturday, opening day of the Philadelphia Auto Show. "It's still going strong, but it's time"; the 4Runner has 160,000 miles on it. The Richeys were visiting the auto show for the first time in five or six years with the goal of zeroing in on what they will buy. They have narrowed their choice down to three sport-utility vehicles: the Toyota Highlander, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Nissan Pathfinder.
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March 23, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Changes in the union workforce at the Convention Center have dramatically lowered the cost of putting on an event there, an internal analysis shows. The report compares labor hours and the number of people working at this year's landmark Philadelphia Auto Show with last year's show, finding that lower costs and more efficiency yielded a 20 percent savings on the show's labor bill. "We were ecstatic," said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, considering the attendance, the savings, and what he sees as a positive shift in attitude after union carpenters were replaced by union stagehands in May 2014.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It didn't take long for Brooklyn's convention machine to try to capitalize on the Convention Center's court order against union carpenters who allegedly harassed attendees and vandalized vehicles at the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show over the weekend. "Antiunion," said one New York union official involved in helping Brooklyn in its bid to beat Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The Democratic Party, known for its strong union ties, is expected to decide "by mid-month" which city will land the convention with its millions of dollars of economic impact, a party spokeswoman said Tuesday.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MONTHS-LONG labor dispute allegedly kicked into high gear Saturday when about 200 unionized carpenters descended on the Philadelphia Auto Show, officials said. John McNichol, president and chief executive of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, told the Daily News yesterday that "belligerent" members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters vandalized cars, accosted vendors and generally disrupted the show, which ended Sunday. Now, he's hoping that a temporary restraining order against the union can help calm things down in a contract dispute over the carpenters' ability to work inside the center.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
They just kept coming, the Convention Center's chief executive recalled, hundreds of carpenters bearing fliers and mischief. In language typically reserved for swarming insects and invading marauders, John McNichol described "waves" of members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters being unleashed on unsuspecting visitors Saturday at the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show. "They were in the face of exhibitors, they were in the face of our security," McNichol said. "They were belligerent.
NEWS
February 9, 2015
The Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate opened its doors Jan. 30 for guests to preview more than 700 vehicles at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The attendees took a break from the winter doldrums and came to get a glimpse of the latest vehicles, including luxury, classic, hybrid, exotic, and finely finished antique cars. Tailgate partygoers and car lovers were treated to cocktails and a sampling of scrumptious cuisine at food stations designed by the Garces Group, followed by live entertainment from Jellyroll.
NEWS
February 2, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Auto enthusiasts can be as devoted as football fans when it comes to their "team. " Chevy owners make fun of Fords. Ford men (and women) hate Mopar. And they all have it in for the imports, whose owners, in turn, often think of the Americans as big hunks of gaudy metal. The sponsors of the Philadelphia Auto Show have seen this loyalty as a way to add another dimension to the annual event, which runs through Feb. 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Welcome to Face Off. The competition harnesses the emotion of the brand loyalists, allowing them to display their beloved collectors' items during the show, bring a bit of history to a show devoted to the latest and greatest automotive technology.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pizzazz and performance will offer their usual allure as the Philadelphia Auto Show opens Saturday at the Convention Center for its nine-day run. Acres of autos - about 700 vehicles from 40 brands - are on display, including "concept cars" and exotic Ferraris and Lamborghinis that ordinary drivers rarely get to touch. But many show-goers will be wowed this year by developments less visible than shiny sheet metal or powerful, fuel-efficient engines under the hood. Sophisticated safety systems and integrated "infotainment" controls designed to lessen driver distraction are increasingly front and center at the car show.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Find Your Next. " That's the marketing pitch for the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show. But perhaps some clarification is in order. "Find the future - and some fun" might work just as well. But, sure, it's not as catchy. Because when the curtain rises at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Convention Center, 1100 Arch St., Philadelphia, visitors will see a lot more than simply their next car. In addition to presenting vehicles that will soon hit the street - like the Jeep Renegade and Ford Explorer - and allowing people to ride in or test-drive cars, the 700,000-square-foot show will feature concept cars and preproduction models, a walk-through automotive history, some new designs from students, and even rock climbing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
YOU CAN call them cute utes. Or wee SUVs. Or soft-road crossovers. If you're being really specific (and boring), they're subcompact crossover sport utility vehicles. And - wowee zowee - there will be plenty of them at the Philadelphia Auto Show opening Saturday through Feb. 8 at the convention center. We're talking brand newbies from Honda (HR-V), Mazda (CX-3), Fiat (500X), Jeep (Renegade) and Chevrolet (Trax). Plus 2015 updates from Nissan (Juke), Kia (Soul), the trailblazing (since 2004!
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