Monday, July 18, 2011

Those Were the Days

Once upon a time, if you had a job in the Keystone Industrial Park, you were on the gravy train with biscuit wheels.  You worked hard, but the money was good.

The park straddles Throop and Dunmore.  At one time, it was home to heavyweights like RCA, Norton, Emery, and Harper & Row.  Some remain.  Most are gone.

I remember getting a tour of RCA during my radio days.  It was a fascinating place, and there was sense of pride knowing that picture tubes for many of America's TV's were manufactured in our own back yard.

Ocean Logistics, pictured above, announced last week it's closing its Keystone Industrial Park warehouse.  200 people lose their jobs.  Some workers have been here for decades.

We like pinning blame when things like this happen.  Ocean Logistics was hurt by the bankruptcy of A&P, and that's a sad story in and of itself.  At one time, A&P was a dominant grocery store chain, but it it lost its way.  It barely hangs on.

I can remember the time, and it wasn't that long ago, when you avoided Keystone Industrial Park roads, Marshwood Road and Cypress Street in Throop, and the O'Neill Highway in Dunmore at 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  Traffic was a nightmare.  Now, you can coast through the area without a problem.

Where are all the good jobs?