November 26, 1989 |
In the rush to resettle corporate headquarters in glamorous downtown office towers or sleek country campuses, Fischer & Porter Co. has held its ground. Three years ago, the Bucks County company, which manufactures industrial flow-measurement equipment, wanted to upgrade its image and considered moving to a tony new development. That was until top managers learned that the move would cost about $22 million. Instead, the company turned to its rundown factory complex on 40 acres in Warminster and, for less than half the price of a move, transformed it into a glossy world headquarters with a glass-atrium lobby.
December 12, 1990 |
Donald Klumpp and Kristin Laczkawski are neighbors. They share a block in Port Richmond, where Klumpp is vice president of the Aldan Rubber Co. and Kristin is a fourth grader at St. George's Parish School. The factory and the school have shared the block for nearly 70 years. In that time, Aldan has turned out a lot of rubberized fabric for life rafts and St. George's has graduated about 1,500 students. But times have changed and a heated debate is taking place over whether the school and the factory can operate side by side.
May 30, 2011 |
On the eve his high school's bid for the New York state baseball championship, Elvin Soto took a bus to Norristown in search of a little magic. The 18-year-old from the Bronx thought he might find it in an airy factory on Washington Street whose product is a draw for an increasing number of ballplayers looking for a bit of the lightning that sends blasts off the bats of major-leaguers Shane Victorino and Josh Hamilton. The budding high school star is part of the fast-growing customer list of Rx Sport, launched just 18 months ago with the goal of using the secrets of luxury furniture-making to improve the lumber of the national pastime.
July 14, 2014 |
He's the man who built Campus Apartments in University City from a regional student-housing company into a national firm. David Adelman, who took over from the Campus Apartments founder, is branching out into office space in West Philadelphia - and he's looking to attract a key anchor tenant, such as Google, to lease his former factory space at 4101 Sansom St. The retrofitted printing-press shop here is known as the Graphic Arts Lithographers building...
March 23, 1995 |
Police arrested a 13-year-old boy earlier this week in the investigation into the Quaker Lace Co. arson that destroyed the old North Philadelphia factory and half of a city block. The arrest of the youth, whose name was not released by police, was the third so far. The boy, who lives on Russell Street near 7th, was charged with arson, criminal mischief, possession of an incendiary device, recklessly endangering another person, aggravated assault and simple assault. Sources said the boy originally told police he was in the factory to act as a lookout and did not actually help set the fire.
November 26, 2012 |
DHAKA, Bangladesh - Fire raced through a garment factory that supplies major retailers in the West, killing at least 112 people, many of whom were trapped by the flames because the eight-story building lacked emergency exits, an official said Sunday. The blaze broke out late Saturday at a factory operated just outside Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka by Tazreen Fashions Ltd., a subsidiary of the Tuba Group, which makes products for Wal-Mart and other companies in the United States and Europe.
October 10, 1995 |
For eight years, the former Transit America factory in Somerton has been shuttered, awaiting a tenant or owner who would have some use for the 194-acre facility. That's not to say the plant doesn't have plenty of occupants these days - the four-legged kind. About 70 deer make their home on the old factory grounds, according to Jerry Schnee, the plant controller who supervises a skeleton plant maintenance staff of 21. They've become a sort of informal zoo. The sight of the deer has become a regular attraction for neighbors and motorists passing by the plant on Red Lion Road, at the city's border with Montgomery County.
February 6, 2014 |
THE FAMILIES of fallen Philadelphia Fire Department Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney wanted justice, plain and simple. What they got, nearly two years after Neary and Sweeney died while battling an enormous factory fire in Kensington, was a whole lot of nothin'. Joe Schulle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22, said yesterday that Neary's and Sweeney's kin were "devastated" when they learned Monday that District Attorney Seth Williams wasn't going to file charges against Michael and Nahman Lichtenstein, the owners of the former Thomas Buck Hosiery factory, despite a damning 110-page grand-jury report on the case.
June 20, 1988 |
Morris Sheintoch, a Russian immigrant who developed a modest garment factory into a national supplier of children's apparel, died Saturday at Lankenau Hospital. He was 85 and lived in Bala Cynwyd. Mr. Sheintoch was founder and chairman of the Good Lad Co., at 431 E. Tioga St. in Kensington, which ships children's clothing to such major department stores as Bloomingdale's, Marshall Field and Jordan Marsh, as well as boutiques across the country. The firm is the largest manufacturer of children's apparel in the city, according to Mr. Sheintoch's son, Peter, president and chief executive officer since 1975.
March 13, 2001 |
The irrepressible spread of casual dress at work from Fridays to every day of the week is forcing Pincus Bros. Inc., Philadelphia's last major men's clothing-maker, to close its factory at Fifth and Race Streets. Fewer and fewer businessmen are wearing suits to work these days, according to Alvin Dorsky, an attorney for Pincus. "There is simply not enough work to keep the factory going. " A union official broke the news to the 367 workers yesterday. The layoffs will affect 273 at the Center City plant and 94 at a cutting facility in East Falls.