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Demolition Shows Times Are Changing

December 20, 2013

Those who drive regularly down Allen Street recently received just the latest reminder that times are changing....

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Dec-26-13 6:49 PM

Bush "lost" those local jobs by exporting them to China. It was advantageous for them to do so partly because our corporate owned government encouraged it.

I'm happy that Artone is doing well. I used to work for one of their subsidiaries in another town.

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Dec-20-13 11:54 AM

While it is great news that Artone is expanding, the reason that building was empty is that Bush lost many of its local workers and didn’t need the building anymore.

We need more fulltime, good paying manufacturing jobs with benefits. The part-time, minimum wage jobs do not really help the local economy.

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Dec-20-13 10:49 AM

I remember blackstone..I worked there 2 summers while attending college (this summer help was temporary and dealt with a lot of stuff like inventory and some production. My job was cutting top tanks with a band saw. I also did other "fill in " jobs like working in the paint shop and the sample shop with a cutting torch. I think those two summers (71 and 72) were the best days of my life... sad to see blackstone gone!

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Dec-20-13 10:38 AM

There's a big sign on the building about Artone moving there.

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Dec-20-13 10:35 AM

Ike, is that really common public knowledge? I've read of Artone's success but not aware they bought the property on Tiffany. Wonder why no mention of Artone in this PJ piece.

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Dec-20-13 8:46 AM

As Paul Harvey used to say...."and now the rest of the story".

It's common public knowledge that a local company, Artone Manufacturing, is doing so well that it has outgrown its current factory space and recently bought that former Blackstone Building on Allen and Tiffany to undertake a sizable EXPANSION.

The pedestrian bridge is coming down since the two buildings it connects are now under different ownership, to eliminate the security risk for both businesses and to pave the way for the Artone expansion.

Sorry to spoil the catastrophic narrative and gloom and doom party for so many.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! It is such a wonderful time of the year!!

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Dec-20-13 8:01 AM

teresi is the welfare kapitan.

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Dec-20-13 7:42 AM

Jamestown gave up on having a productive citizenry years ago. The City now wants to attract and retain welfare recipients and set a record for most dollar stores per capita. Real businesses will be replaced by retro-plywood store fronts to hide the decay and the only economic initiatives are tourism based. What an insightful and thought provoking editorial.....NOT! I guess the PJ has writer's block.

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Dec-20-13 6:54 AM

That walkway connected two buildings own by Bush Industries. TitanX/Valeo/Blackstone sold those building years ago.

Why are we losing factories and are only concerned about building fancy new housing for people who refuse to work?????

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