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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In other York Fair news, I took this photo last week in an alley. North York is apparently where York Fair stuffed animal prizes go to die.
So, I went to the York Fair this year.
While I was reporting on this story, I met a senior citizen that wouldn’t stop talking to me.
Initially, it was kind of annoying.
I wanted to write my story, get it out of the way and move onto the zillion other things I needed to do that day. Yet he wouldn’t take my body language cues.
He kept talking and talking and wouldn’t leave me alone.
Then, he said something crazy. Continue reading
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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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There are some stories you have to jump on, both literally and figuratively.
That’s just what I did when a press release from Dallco Industries came across my desk Friday.
As a manufacturing reporter, I hadn’t been so amused since a pharmaceutical company announced it was opening a distribution center for lube (of the medical variety, perv!) in the county.
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A few weeks ago, I spent some time at York County School of Technology for a story about welding that’s going to print this Sunday.
I hung out in the shop and YDR photographer Jason Plotkin made this video of me trying my hand at the trade and wearing oh-so-chic safety garb.
It really captures my personality, I think.
As an added bonus, the beginning showcases that awesome intro I wrote about last week.
Welding: It’s not as easy as it looks.
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Last week, I visited Maine Industrial Tire — a manufacturer of solid rubber tires in Red Lion, Pa.
CEO Troy Kline, had a worker load this 80-inch-diameter tire onto a forklift so I could strike some poses. The following, captured by Paul Kuehnel, documents what happened next:
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Originally published on the Money & More cover of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, October 2, 2011.
Wrote this story a while ago. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Things aren’t always simple on the manufacturing beat. I try to boil it down for the common folk. Here is a prime example of that:
By LAUREN BOYER
Daily Record/Sunday News
Adhesives Research likely isn’t a household name.
The company, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, sits nestled in Springfield Township farmland off the Interstate 83 exit for Glen Rock.
With a sign stamped “Adhesives Research,” the uneducated onlooker probably assumes the complex produces . . . well . . . adhesives.
But it’s much more than just transparent tape or the paste you used to sniff in art class. Continue reading