Quotables: Embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship
Manufacturing has diminished but it’s still alive in Westmoreland County, where small, speciality companies have weathered the years that have seen the closure of much larger plants. Some of these enduring companies started out as little more than visions embraced by immigrants in their basements. All exude the entrepreneurial spirit that is celebrated in November as National Entrepreneurship Month and American Made Month.
“We get a lot of work out of here. In the fourth quarter, it’s pizzelle irons; in the first two quarters, we do finials for aluminum fencing. Our camping line of sandwich toasters starts revving up in May and June.”
Administrator of C. Palmer Manufacturing in South Huntingdon
“We have an order for 20 of them (miniature steam engines), and we have six of them out so far in about eight months. It used to take six months to a year to make one”
A 31-year veteran employee who assists with production at Jensen Steam Engines in Jeannette
“If it touches one of them, it will basically disintegrate rather than taking the airplane down.”
President of C-K Composites, referring to his Mt. Pleasant Township company’s orange fiberglass towers that support approach lights at airports