October 21, 2015 |
These days, every truck in JCI Transportation's fleet has a flat-screen television and satellite radio. Company-supplied refrigerators in the cab are becoming the norm, and drivers, if they want, can plug in a microwave. "We try to give them all the comforts of home," said Larry Mertz, operations director at the Pennsauken trucking company. On any given day, Mertz, like nearly every trucking executive in the country, is desperately seeking more drivers - the industry needs 47,500 more of them.
May 28, 2015 |
ADMIRERS OF the historic Boyd Theatre haven't let it go down without a fight, and neighbors aren't letting anything new go up without one either. The fight carries on after the architectural committee of the Historical Commission denied the proposed plan yesterday for the property on Chestnut Street near 19th. Plans are still up in the air until the full commission votes on the project June 12. Current owner Pearl Properties intends to build a residential tower, retail and restaurant spaces, and an underground parking structure while maintaining some of the structure of the 1920s-era theater.
December 19, 2013 |
In the busiest week of the year for United Parcel Service, the Boscov's loading dock at Neshaminy Mall was a bustling gateway Monday. A 48-foot trailer stuffed with online orders had already been hauled away, and UPS driver Bob Young was back for more. "What I scanned was 2,311 pieces," Young said before loading a 24-foot truck with another big stash. The shipping giant would pick up a projected 34 million packages globally Monday, its most hectic day of the year. But Boscov's Department Stores Inc., the modest family-owned retailer, was showing that you don't need to be big and brawny to muscle into the online market.
November 22, 2013
C HRISTOPHER CERA, 35, of Bella Vista, is founder and chief technology officer of Arcweb. The firm, which started in 2011, operates out of the co-working space Indy Hall in Old City. It builds workflow-, logistics- and operations-software products that streamline business processes. Cera, an Upper Darby native, is also a co-founder of Philly Startup Leaders. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Arcweb? A: It happened by accident. I was consulting and did a lot of founder dating and worked with entrepreneurs.
September 5, 2013 |
A 20-story residential tower planned at the entrance to the popular Schuylkill River Park won final approval Tuesday from the Civic Design Review board, despite concerns that the project could seriously affect pedestrian safety and an adjacent community garden. The unanimous decision cleared the way for developer Carl Dranoff to start construction next fall. Joan Wells, president of the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, said she was disappointed that the review board gave the project a green light, especially after several board members pointed out problems with the design.
July 17, 2012 |
A goose was killed by an amusement-park ride at Six Flags Great Adventure and as spectators watched in horror, according to a published report. The Asbury Park Press says the ill-fated goose landed on the sloped conveyor belt that pulls rafts up to a loading dock of the Congo Rapids ride on Sunday at the Ocean County amusement park. Witness Nicole Cora, 26. of Stonington, Conn., told the newspaper that operators stopped the belt and tried to scare the bird, but it did not budge.
May 23, 2012 |
Jefferson "Karma" Troester lived life with a zeal that was hard to capture, said his family. Mr. Troester, 43, of Claymont, Del., who fulfilled a childhood dream in 2010 by becoming a train engineer, died Friday, May 18, when a roll of newsprint fell on him as he opened a railcar door at the Inquirer and Daily News' printing plant in Upper Merion. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Troester grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he was involved in the Boy Scouts and graduated from Oxford Area High School in Chester County.
May 22, 2012 |
A memorial service is scheduled on Thursday for Jefferson Troester, 43, of Claymont, Del., who fulfilled a childhood dream by becoming a train engineer in 2010 and died Friday when a roll of newsprint fell on him as he opened a railcar door at the Inquirer and Daily News' printing plant in Upper Merion. Troester graduated from Oxford Area High School in Chester County, served in the Air Force, and worked in automotive repair, as a welder, and as a millwright before he was hired by the Upper Merion & Plymouth Railroad, his family said Monday.
May 19, 2012 |
An engineer with a local rail line was killed Friday morning when an 1,800-pound roll of newsprint fell on him as he opened a railcar door to unload the paper at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News' Schuylkill Printing Plant in Upper Merion. The engineer was identified as Jefferson L. Troester, 43, of Claymont, Del., who worked for the the Brandywine Valley Railroad Co. An Upper Merion & Plymouth Railroad train hauling six railcars loaded with the 4-foot-by-4-foot paper rolls pulled into the plant's railway siding Friday morning.
April 10, 2012 |
A state appeals court delivered a substantial blow Monday to a developer's plan to build a luxury condominium tower on property now occupied by the historic Washington Square home of former Philadelphia Mayor Richardson Dilworth. Commonwealth Court sided with opponents of the project by reversing part of a zoning decision that favored the developer, vacating part of the decision, and sending several matters back down for further local review. The decision follows a ruling this year by the city Board of Licenses and Inspections Review that prevented John J. Turchi Jr. from demolishing part of the Neo-Colonial house.