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 […]Read more "11: I’m no Cullen Bohannon, but…"
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 […]Read more "10: A Piece of the Main"
Let’s get this out of the way so there is no confusion: I support nuclear energy as a viable, strategic and environmentally friendly component of America’s energy strategy. On the 35th anniversary of the partial melt-down at the light water nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island I sat down and watch Pandora’s Promise on Netflix. […]Read more "09: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Power"
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 […]Read more "08: The Return of Real Labor. Maybe."
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 […]Read more "05: No Man is an Island"
Hands down the best part of my job are the places I get to visit. I especially enjoy visiting the historical significant industrial sites along the Ohio River that are striving towards a renaissance – or at least a renewal. Which brings me to my tour last Friday of Middleton Warehousing Solutions in Aliquippa, PA. The company is managing 250K square […]Read more "03: Middleton Warehousing Solutions (Aliquippa, PA)"