Category: Manufacturing

Conveyor belts made in Newark move berries, Tootsie Roll Pops, Junior Mints, and People

By Kathy Canavan When Paul O’ Connor’s family watches “How It’s Made” on the Discovery Channel, someone usually calls out, “That’s one of ours.” They’re not product-spotting; they’re conveyor-belt spotting. Whether it’s the belts that carry Herr’s Potato Chips or the ones that move furniture, the odds are they started out life at O’Connor Belting…

Few professions have a worse reputation than economics and their practitioners, economists—OK, maybe PR people, developers and planners, but not many others! It was Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle who, in 1849, first referred to that field of endeavor as a “dismal science,” a reference said to be in part to Malthusian theory of population-growth-caused famines…