August 3, 2016 |
Sock manufacturer Standard Merchandising has purchased a 115,300-square-foot factory building in Pennsauken, N.J.'s Airport Industrial Park for $4.1 million, according to commercial real estate services firm Colliers International. Standard Manufacturing is moving into the property at 7001 North Park Drive after its former location in Camden was sold to make way for the new Subaru headquarters being built there, Colliers, which brokered the sale, said in a release on Monday. The new Airport Industrial Park property was previously occupied by printing company Contemporary Graphic Solutions, which has moved to a facility in Camden, Colliers senior managing director Marc Isdaner said.
July 11, 2016 |
On a gritty block on Berks Street in Kensington just west of the El, the land speculators come knocking - knocking on the doors of men trapped by love. There's factory owner Michael DiPietro, an escapee from corporate, in love with the idea of being a man who makes things and who makes things happen, who handles deals, sales, and loading docks, and has a fresh idea every minute. "A builder told me he could put eight houses in here," said DiPietro, whose factory has recently been sold and whose businesses, Penn Scale Manufacturing Inc. and DuraCart USA, may soon be evicted from the two-story plant he has rented since 2011.
June 12, 2016
On April 23, the Dream Factory held its third annual Casino Night and silent auction. Dream Factory is the largest children's wish-granting organization, helping children with life-threatening illnesses, and also other suffering children by providing a dream that can improve their lives and those of their families. The fund-raiser, held at the Spring Mill Ballroom in Conshohocken, brought together more than 150 supporters for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, craps, blackjack, roulette, a high-stakes poker tournament, and even horse racing.
April 28, 2016 |
'To-ri! To-ri! To-ri!" The chant erupted several times from the ravenous crowd who had come to worship a special kind of pop star at the sold-out Electric Factory. Tori Kelly is a good girl, a self-made 23-year-old with artistic integrity, an impressive catalog, and musical chops that earned her a jam invitation from the late, great Purple One. She had the room in the palm of her hands. Fitting that she would open Monday night's concert with "Unbreakable Smile," the title track from her major-label debut released in June.
February 21, 2016 |
With winter's spate of snow, sleet, and chill blanketing Philadelphia like a death shroud, it was nice having two California bands - Los Angeles' Best Coast and San Diego's Wavves - bring the sunshine with a coheadlining tour, Summer is Forever, at the Electric Factory on Wednesday. Though in each case, for the most part, the subtle nuances of the bands' respective catalogs (Wavves' surf-spy-inspired hard core comes courtesy of Nathan Williams, Best Coast's sandy indie-pop is written by Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno)
January 15, 2016 |
We would be remiss in calling Randy Blythe nostalgic, but there are hints that the Lamb of God frontman longs for the old days. For instance, he said in a recent interview, he likes when his band is the opening act. "I hate headlining," Blythe said, chuckling, speaking in advance of Saturday's sold-out show at the Electric Factory in which Lamb of God will, in fact, headline. The bill also features Anthrax, Deafheaven, and Power Trip. "I'd rather open up. It's a lot easier to steal a show early on. By the time we play, three other bands are going to play.
December 14, 2015
With a star-studded appeal to all "mother funders ," Pennsylvania's Bollman Hat Co., America's oldest lid maker, has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise at least $100,000 to move 70 unique knitting machines from China to its Lancaster County factory. The move would enable 41 new jobs at Bollman, which is still smarting from nearly 130 layoffs in the mid-2000s tied to competition from China. In global-trade irony, the knitting machines, inventory now housed at a factory in Panyu, China, will allow Bollman to ramp up production at its factory in Adamstown, said Don Rongione, Bollman's president and CEO, a native of Northeast Philadelphia whose father had been a cloth cutter for overcoat maker Harry Fischer.
December 8, 2015 |
In a ceremony before the Miley Cyrus and the Dead Petz show on Saturday night at the Electric Factory, Wayne Coyne, lead singer for the Flaming Lips (Miley's band for the show, renamed the Dead Petz), blessed the crowd by sprinkling glitter confetti and blasting a cannon of party streamers. Thus he gave us permission to embrace the unlikely collaboration between Cyrus and the Lips. Cyrus' limited-city Milky Milky Milk tour is in support of her surprise (and free!) streaming opus, Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz - a 23-song, 90-minute concept album with most of the songs cowritten and coproduced by the Lips.
December 3, 2015 |
The buyer of the Frankford Chocolate Factory site at 2101 Washington Ave. paid $7.8 million for the 100,000-square-foot property, according to records filed with the city. Kennett Square-based 2101 Washington Real Estate L.P. closed on the 126-year-old industrial building and surrounding land on Nov. 6, according to the filings. The group is exploring its options for developing the site, vice president Jacob Ketcham said Tuesday. The property had been purchased in 2007 by the late New York property mogul Truong Dinh Tran's Alphonse Hotel Corp.
December 1, 2015 |
Eleven years after its start, 10 years since its debut album Juturna (named for the Roman goddess of wells and springs), Doylestown's Circa Survive continues to be a harbinger of wordy, experimental, pop-hardcore, with heartbroken emotionalism and sometime-silly philosophical conceits as its twin-towering guides. Anthony Green's powerful, whiny voice and stream-of-consciousness rants, together with Colin Frangicetto's jiving, jackhammering guitars, all but defined the 21st century's shift in hard-emo's tone from broke-down and busted to brilliantine and bristling.