In this screenshot, Ken Brown, president of MKT Metal Manufacturing, is contemplating his love of ducts. To watch the video, click here.
Today, I visited a duct factory.
No, not the tape.
MKT Metal Manufacturing in Manchester Township, Pa., makes air ducts for commercial buildings and the kinds that are exposed in super swanky apartments.
Think ducts are boring, eh?
You’re wrong. Ducts are cool for a lot of reasons. Continue reading
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You know it’s the best month ever when you get to eat a hot dog that looks like this.
This month has been the greatest.
Excuse the hand shadow.
Two Fridays ago, I went to the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors News Excellence awards dinner to accept a First Place in Business Writing for this beastly story package that Sean and I wrote this year.
Then, I went to Chicago.
While in the Windy City, I consumed my weight in food and bought more clothes than would fit in my suitcase on the plane ride back.
Sorry, TSA. Continue reading
The stage of the Strand all decked out for Think Loud’s after party on Feb. 28. Later in the night, the curtains opened and Live played with a backdrop of empty seats.
The past couple weeks, for me, have been about music.
First, there was the lack thereof.
Last week, we broke this story about Harley-Davidson removing radios from its plants as a matter of safety and productivity protocol.
I know what you’re thinking. (Some people even emailed me to share their two cents.)
“Why is this a story?”
“What are you going to write about next? The contents of Harley’s vending machines? The employees’ bathroom breaks?”
Truthfully, this isn’t really a story about Harley at all. Continue reading
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The benches outside Edmond Town Hall became memorials to Sandy Hook victims. Together, they spell a quote by William Edmond: “History has a secondary utility, which by relieving our minds from the fatigue, more serious occupation invigorates and prepares us for fresh exertion.”
He never showed up.
That, for some reason, is where it became real to me.
Somewhere between the piles of flowers, makeshift memorials, and barrage of funerals at St. Rose of Lima church, it hit me hard in a Sandy Hook hair salon on my last day of reporting from the Connecticut town.
Marci Benitez, a hair dresser at Fun Kuts, planned to cut 6-year-old James Mattioli’s hair on Saturday.
The appointment came and went. Benitez thought the young boy’s mother had forgotten, until she saw his name on a list released Saturday. Continue reading
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Future home of Johnson Controls? We’ll just wait and see.
Last week got pretty wild.
For months, we knew a Fortune 500 company was looking to relocate within York County to Hopewell Township using a tax incentive program that needed approval from the school board, township and commissioners.
If they didn’t get what they needed, they’d likely go to Maryland — or so we’re told.
Not knowing who it was frustrated the hell out of me. Continue reading
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