I’m no Cullen Bohannon, but…

I’m building a railroad No seriously. Well, I guess technically I’m building opportunity for a railroad. As such, I was pleased to be able to secure a $633,711 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation towards a $1.5 million rail rehabilitation and construction project. I not only wrote the grant and presented it to PennDOT’s Rail Freight Committee […]

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A Piece of the Main

As many of you know I am working on an industrial project on a brownfield outside of Pittsburgh. The goal is over the next three years to take an underutilized 260K square foot steel mill building with six gantry cranes and build a world class regional rail terminal in Aliquippa. That is the goal. The […]

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The Return of Real Labor. Maybe.

America is also becoming a lower-cost manufacturing destination when companies consider the “total cost of ownership,” or TCO: the cost of quality, delivery, transportation, energy consumption, labor monitoring, carrying stock, freight, packaging, and all other aspects of production, as well as labor costs. Energy costs are particularly important, and thanks to shale gas, energy in […]

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No Man is an Island

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. – John Dunne, Meditation XVII Factories and their smokestacks didn’t pop into existence in a mythological big bang of prosperity.  Instead, prosperity is built over time by educated scientists, engineers, apprentices and entrepreneurs relying on previous experiences and advancements […]

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