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June 27, 1991 | By Lynn Hamilton, Special to The Inquirer
Thomas E. Durovsik of Bryn Mawr has been appointed president of the Franklin Mint, which creates fine-quality collectibles and is a large direct- response marketer. Durovsik joined the Mint in 1985 as a director of marketing. During his tenure, he has served as vice president of home decor and vice president of advertising. In November, he was promoted to executive vice president of marketing and sales. The Franklin Mint is based in Franklin Center, Pa., and has international offices in 22 countries.
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June 2, 1988 | By Will Thompson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Its public reputation is that of a producer of high-quality collectible items. It's an image that the Franklin Mint in Middletown has sought to enhance by establishing a "community outreach" program to help foster an appreciation of fine arts throughout the Philadelphia area. The program includes sponsorship, at its Middletown museum, of exhibitions by its own artists as well as of other craftspeople and the awarding of scholarships to individuals and grants to art institutions.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1986 | By Neill Borowski, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Franklin Mint founder Joseph M. Segel recently started up QVC Network Inc., a Philadelphia-based home-shopping program for television, he didn't have far to look for management talent. Segel has hired away a marketing vice president, a creative director and a purchasing director from Franklin Mint Corp., the Franklin Center company that markets collectibles, to assume similar posts at QVC. QVC, which went public with its stock on Sept. 5, expects to go on the air part of the day beginning late next month and 24 hours a day on Jan. 1, Segel said yesterday.
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May 20, 1993 | By Claire Furia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Using secret tapes and video cameras, state police say they were able to witness two Franklin Mint employees carrying out plans to steal model cars and motorcycles from their employer. The two have been charged in the thefts of miniature replicas worth a total of more than $380,000 from the Mint's Aston warehouse in Chester Township. Charles A. Barr, 42, of the 2200 block of Bridgewater Road, Aston, and Edward W. Brous, 48, of Fallsington, were charged with four counts of theft, four counts of receiving stolen property and four counts of criminal conspiracy each.
SPORTS
June 17, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Representatives for Tiger Woods yesterday filed a federal suit against the Franklin Mint, claiming a medal commemorating the golfer's Masters victory is an unauthorized use of his image. Stewart and Lynda Resnick, their company, Roll International, and its division, the Franklin Mint, were named in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Woods's lawyers asked for a jury trial, and requested a preliminary injunction to stop the mint from "pirating Tiger Woods's name and likeness.
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January 26, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
An estimated 500 people turned out Tuesday night to hear plans to develop the former Franklin Mint property, a mostly dormant site that sits on a chunk of prime real estate along Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. Developers want to transform 173 acres along the busy corridor into a walkable town center with 1,253 residences, a 225-room hotel, and more than a million square feet of shops and offices. Their plan also includes traffic mitigation and preservation of 70 acres of open space.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2004 | By Wendy Tanaka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Franklin Mint, the once-high-flying purveyor of collectibles, has closed its 30 retail stores - including one in the King of Prussia mall - as well as its museum in Franklin Center. Howard Lucker, the Delaware County company's vice president and general counsel, said the store and museum closures were "the next step" for the Franklin Mint after it announced in November that it would be laying off 200 employees through next month. The stores closed at the end of January, Lucker said.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN TWP. A decade after the Franklin Mint closed, its round museum building still sits vacant along busy Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. Development of the prominent property has been plagued by opposition from residents, a slow economy, and - most recently - a legal battle among the developers. But the plan took a step forward this week when a revised zoning ordinance won approval from the Middletown Township Council. The site, with more than 170 acres, could now have 350 townhouses, offices, retail space, and a hotel.
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August 21, 2006 | By Kera Ritter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charles Andes, 75, a retired chief executive officer and chairman of the Franklin Mint and the Franklin Institute, died of vascular disease Thursday at his home in Haverford. "Chuck was one of those rare individuals who was . . . a dedicated civic leader, yet he never ran for office or took a public salary," said Joe Segel, a close friend who preceded him as chairman of the Franklin Mint. "Many Philadelphia institutions benefited greatly from his generosity and creativity," Segel said.
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August 30, 1996 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Martin Francis Walsh, 73, of Media, a retired executive of the Franklin Mint in Wawa, died Tuesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Walsh worked for the Franklin Mint for 20 years and was senior vice president when he retired in 1984. He had joined the mint as controller and was a controller with the Ford Motor Co. in Chicago. A native of Medford, Mass., he graduated from Medford High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration at Northeastern University in Boston.
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March 2, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN TWP. A decade after the Franklin Mint closed, its round museum building still sits vacant along busy Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. Development of the prominent property has been plagued by opposition from residents, a slow economy, and - most recently - a legal battle among the developers. But the plan took a step forward this week when a revised zoning ordinance won approval from the Middletown Township Council. The site, with more than 170 acres, could now have 350 townhouses, offices, retail space, and a hotel.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia-based Tastykake , owned by Flowers Foods , is helping fill the void left by Twinkie maker Hostess Brands Inc. 's bankruptcy liquidation. From exile in suburban Boston, Broomall native David Weinstein tells me he got a happy surprise Sunday when he found fresh Tastykake Krimpets on the shelves formerly occupied by durable Hostess lines at the Shaw's grocery in Stoughton, Mass. "Many of us who live in New England love the idea of having access to Tastykakes in the supermarkets," he said.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2011 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's General Assembly has voted to borrow $1.67 billion more to fund prisons, roads, railroads, bridges, and other public projects. The deal includes $270 million for "redevelopment assistance" for private developers' projects, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The senators and reps voted without knowing exactly which projects the people's money will subsidize, since the projects are not listed in the bill. "The Governor's Office decides" which of hundreds of previously approved but as yet unfunded projects will get this money, Greg Jordan , aide to bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Corman (R., Centre)
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April 16, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A plan to redevelop the abandoned Franklin Mint property in western Delaware County was put on hold this week after developers agreed to downsize their proposal. Mark Dambly, president of Pennrose Properties and part of the development team, agreed to adjust plans for the mixed-use development on the 173-acre site to address residents' main concern: that the development, which was to have 1,253 houses, a 225-room hotel, and more than a million square feet of shops and offices, is too big. "We're willing, certainly, to make some concessions," Dambly said in an interview Friday.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former Franklin Mint, the coins and collectibles manufacturer, sits like a hulking hull of concrete above what remains a bucolic stretch of Route 1 in Middletown Township, Delaware County. Surrounded by 173 acres, it is part of a parcel zoned to permit a large office complex and a couple of houses to be built there. Instead, a partnership of four development companies has spent the past six years trying to persuade skeptical residents to try something radically different.
NEWS
January 26, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
An estimated 500 people turned out Tuesday night to hear plans to develop the former Franklin Mint property, a mostly dormant site that sits on a chunk of prime real estate along Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. Developers want to transform 173 acres along the busy corridor into a walkable town center with 1,253 residences, a 225-room hotel, and more than a million square feet of shops and offices. Their plan also includes traffic mitigation and preservation of 70 acres of open space.
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January 25, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developers are taking a second crack at building on the Franklin Mint site, the former home of a coin-and-collectible company that occupies more than 150 acres of prime, undeveloped real estate along Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. But the plan, which would create a town center with retail, housing, and a hotel with as many as 225 rooms, has drawn sharp criticism from residents who worry the development is too dense and could congest traffic in the area. The Middletown Township Council will hold a public hearing on the plan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Penncrest High School.
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January 24, 2011 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
THE PLAN, in the eyes of the development team, is to "transform the former Franklin Mint site into a vibrant, mixed-use, walkable community" that will "create a sense of place" for Middletown Township. Going by the tone of the hate mail circulating in the town of 16,000 residents, you'd think the proposal was for a Ground Zero mosque in the center of Delaware County. Civil dialogue appears to be breaking down in Middletown leading up to tomorrow's public hearing, when the developers - Pennrose Properties, the McKee Group, Wolfson Verrichia and the Dewey Cos. - will outline their plan to build homes, offices, retail space and a hotel on 173 acres along Baltimore Pike formerly occupied by the Franklin Mint.
NEWS
September 21, 2010 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John B. Fleming, 94, a printing firm executive and Veterans of Foreign Wars official, died of heart failure Thursday, Sept. 16, at his home in Springfield, Delaware County. From 1971 to 1981, Mr. Fleming was the manager of quality control graphics for the Franklin Mint, a memorabilia maker in Delaware County. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Fleming graduated from a mechanical arts curriculum at West Philadelphia High School in 1932 and earned a bachelor's in economics in 1936 at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.
NEWS
May 12, 2010
GSI Commerce Inc., King of Prussia, said Wednesday it acquired VendorNet, a Boynton Beach, Fla., provider of software to manage e-commerce supply-chain solutions, such as inventory management. VendorNet's clients include the Franklin Mint, Neiman Marcus, David's Bridal, Spiegel, Nine West and Lands' End. The purchase price was not disclosed, but privately held VendorNet has 32 employees, a GSI Commerce spokeswoman said. GSI operates websites for retailers, manufacturers and other companies.
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