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."
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG)Mount Vernon, OH Opened 1907 – Shuttered 1976 Slated for demolition summer 2013 The former Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company’s Mount Vernon plant sits on seventy acres and opened in 1907 and was operated by PPG, or through one of its divisions, until 1976. You would never know driving by this site, or […]Read more "07: Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (Mount Vernon, OH)"
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B F Skinner I found this old broken country school house as I drove across Ohio from one shuttered smokestack to another. Not sure if It is lost or if I was.Read more "06: School House Rocks"
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"