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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2012
On a tour of Volvo Powertrain's 1.5 million square-foot manufacturing facility outside Hagerstown Friday, up-and-coming community leaders were warned not to touch the engine parts or machinery, but were encouraged to place their hands against the tiny holes in what looked like a large punching bag suspended from the ceiling, to feel the air rushing out. The device, tour guide Lamar Sease explained, is how fresh, clean air is circulated into the...
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By DANIELLE CINTRON | September 6, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- Lester "Sonny" Mason's 1950 A20 Mack flatbed truck has the distinction of being the first of its kind. "This truck was the first one to come off of the assembly line in 1950," Mason said. "It was built in Allentown, Pa., but when Mack moved to Hagerstown, they brought this truck. " A manufacturer's plate beneath the driver's seat bears the number 1001. Don Schumaker, curator of the Mack Trucks Historical Museum in Allentown, Pa., said that shows Mason's truck was the first A20 chassis built on the Allentown assembly line.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | May 24, 2000
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - "Come along with me, Lucille, in my merry ... Curved Dash?" cont. from news page The first line of that old song really ends with the word "Oldsmobile," a tribute to the earliest Oldsmobiles that were built around the turn of the 20th century. Judging by old photos, those first cars were little more than carriages without horses. The early Olds sported a tiller instead of a steering wheel. The car made a comeback of sorts in Waynesboro In the 1950s when local resident William Barnhart opened a small assembly plant on Grant Street he called the Antique Auto Co. He built replicas of the 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile.
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June 1, 1997
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer English professor Jean Wilson is proud of former student Martha Ross Jones, who published a book she wrote several years ago as a class project in Wilson's children's literature class. But that isn't why Wilson is using the children's book, "Willow Finds a Friend," as the centerpiece of her presentation to her Polish peers this summer. It's the perfect way to illustrate the American approach to higher education, said Wilson, one of two Hagerstown Junior College professors traveling to Poland this summer to share "active learning" techniques with Polish educators.
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By Arnold Platou | October 1, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Ron Elliott got royal treatment a few months back when he travelled from his farms near here to the John Deere plants in Waterloo, Iowa, to see his new tractor. Elliott, 65, who retired from Mack Trucks in 1997 but has farmed all his life, said last week that he bought the new tractor, a John Deere 7930 with dual wheels, from Smith Implements in Mercersburg, Pa., early this year. Then in May, when the new tractor was ready for production, Elliott took two friends - Ray Lesher, a quality control engineer for Mack-Volvo Powertrains, and his son, Kevin Lesher, an electrician for Shifler Electric in Hagerstown - to Waterloo.
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November 17, 1996
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - JLG Industries isn't family owned, but one particular family has staked a definite claim in the local business. There are 48 people with the last name of Mellott working at JLG, which makes aerial work platforms. That's a lotta Mellotts. Even with a workforce of nearly 2,000, the Mellotts are a force to be reckoned with. Amazingly, most of the Mellotts working there are only distantly related. Lex Mellott and Dana Mellott work together in the engineering department.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 13, 2006
HANCOCK - The status of 289 jobs was in doubt eight weeks ago when Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Maryland Inc. announced it was shutting its Hancock plant. Would there be other work for employees elsewhere within the company? In recent weeks, most employees have found a clear answer: no. The end - of operations - is near. The plant closes this Friday. As of this past Thursday, 130 employees had been laid off, including about 30 that day, said Greg Eckhart, Fleetwood's regional manager for human resources.
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by Lisa Tedrick Prejean | August 11, 2006
Have you ever had a warm potato chip? Not one that has been out in the sun at a picnic. One that is fresh off the assembly line at a snack foods plant. If you never have, you might want to consider adding a Herr's Snack Factory Tour to your autumn day-trip schedule. Based in Nottingham, Pa., the Herr's company is about 35 miles south of Lancaster, Pa. The free tours provide a step-by-step look at how pretzels, potato chips, tortilla chips and other snacks are made.
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September 1, 2000
W.Va. vending company going down under By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Some 400 soda vending machines made by workers at Royal Vendors Inc. in Charles Town are on their way to Sidney, Australia, where they will provide cold refreshments to the thousands of players and spectators at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games that open Sept. 15. It sounds like a lot, but 400 vending machines come off the assembly lines every day at Royal Vendors, Raymond Kohlhepp, senior vice president of sales and manufacturing, said Friday.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2013
Volvo Construction Equipment celebrated its $100 million investment in its new national headquarters in Shippensburg during a day-long ceremony Thursday. The company also unveiled its first U.S.-built wheel loaders as they rolled off the assembly line at the Franklin County plant Thursday. “This should serve as a very clear signal that Volvo CE is committed to this market and in a better position than ever before to offer our customers products that are made by Americans, for Americans,” Volvo Construction Equipment President Pat Olney said in a statement.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2012
On a tour of Volvo Powertrain's 1.5 million square-foot manufacturing facility outside Hagerstown Friday, up-and-coming community leaders were warned not to touch the engine parts or machinery, but were encouraged to place their hands against the tiny holes in what looked like a large punching bag suspended from the ceiling, to feel the air rushing out. The device, tour guide Lamar Sease explained, is how fresh, clean air is circulated into the...
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By DANIELLE CINTRON | September 6, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- Lester "Sonny" Mason's 1950 A20 Mack flatbed truck has the distinction of being the first of its kind. "This truck was the first one to come off of the assembly line in 1950," Mason said. "It was built in Allentown, Pa., but when Mack moved to Hagerstown, they brought this truck. " A manufacturer's plate beneath the driver's seat bears the number 1001. Don Schumaker, curator of the Mack Trucks Historical Museum in Allentown, Pa., said that shows Mason's truck was the first A20 chassis built on the Allentown assembly line.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | December 28, 2008
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The time has passed for peppermint. No more room for tree-shaped sugar cookies and other confections sprinkled in festive red and green. Christmas is over. We need a party cookie. A conversational piece all on their own, Bonnie Line's peach cookies might work well on any New Year's party menu. This ain't no chocolate chip. These cookies are super sweet and look like bite-sized peaches, color and all. Dry peach and cherry Jell-O Gelatin mix gives the peach cookies color and flavor.
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By Andrew Schotz | December 24, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Amid the ham and turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, was a lesson in efficiency and mass production. This, volunteer Kathie Markell said, is how you teach children about an assembly line. Markell, who works in Washington County Hospital's emergency room, was among about 140 volunteers on Wednesday assembling and delivering more than 2,000 free Christmas meals to people in the area, mostly senior citizens. Empty plastic containers were passed from chafing dish to chafing dish, picking up green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, ham, turkey and gravy before they were ready to be sealed, bagged and delivered.
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By Arnold Platou | October 1, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Ron Elliott got royal treatment a few months back when he travelled from his farms near here to the John Deere plants in Waterloo, Iowa, to see his new tractor. Elliott, 65, who retired from Mack Trucks in 1997 but has farmed all his life, said last week that he bought the new tractor, a John Deere 7930 with dual wheels, from Smith Implements in Mercersburg, Pa., early this year. Then in May, when the new tractor was ready for production, Elliott took two friends - Ray Lesher, a quality control engineer for Mack-Volvo Powertrains, and his son, Kevin Lesher, an electrician for Shifler Electric in Hagerstown - to Waterloo.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 13, 2006
HANCOCK - The status of 289 jobs was in doubt eight weeks ago when Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Maryland Inc. announced it was shutting its Hancock plant. Would there be other work for employees elsewhere within the company? In recent weeks, most employees have found a clear answer: no. The end - of operations - is near. The plant closes this Friday. As of this past Thursday, 130 employees had been laid off, including about 30 that day, said Greg Eckhart, Fleetwood's regional manager for human resources.
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by Lisa Tedrick Prejean | August 11, 2006
Have you ever had a warm potato chip? Not one that has been out in the sun at a picnic. One that is fresh off the assembly line at a snack foods plant. If you never have, you might want to consider adding a Herr's Snack Factory Tour to your autumn day-trip schedule. Based in Nottingham, Pa., the Herr's company is about 35 miles south of Lancaster, Pa. The free tours provide a step-by-step look at how pretzels, potato chips, tortilla chips and other snacks are made.
NEWS
September 1, 2000
W.Va. vending company going down under By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Some 400 soda vending machines made by workers at Royal Vendors Inc. in Charles Town are on their way to Sidney, Australia, where they will provide cold refreshments to the thousands of players and spectators at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games that open Sept. 15. It sounds like a lot, but 400 vending machines come off the assembly lines every day at Royal Vendors, Raymond Kohlhepp, senior vice president of sales and manufacturing, said Friday.
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