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Cement Worker of the Month

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

Kenneth W. Smith Jr. Buzzi Unicem, Stockertown

Mr. Kenneth W. Smith Jr. was reared in East Allentown, graduating from Dieruff High School in 1967, where he was band president, played trumpet and was a member of the swimming team that won a District 11 title in 1965.

Ken enrolled in Clemson University with a swimming scholarship. He also played rugby.

"The sport was very physical and I met players from many foreign countries," he recalled.

During summers, he was one of 1,500 students who were employed at the Bethlehem Steel. On Saturdays, Ken repaired lawn mowers for Cann's Lawn Equipment.

Middle school and cement heritage

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

After years of debate, some intense, an impressive three-story middle school has been constructed by the Northampton Area School District in Northampton. The imposing structure is situated on a tract of land that is part of our local cement heritage.

The site was home to Plant 4, the largest of the Atlas Portland Cement Company's plants.

John Dillinger is part of Atlas Cement lore

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

In my last column, I recalled the day when notorious bank robber John Dillinger and his gang robbed the First National Bank in Mason City in 1934. The Lehigh Portland Cement Company operated a plant there, so some of their employees were depositors at the bank.

From 1933 to 1934, bold newspaper headlines told the story of the Dillinger gang. In my years of research in the cement industry, I interviewed a number of people who were employed at the Atlas Portland Cement Company, who told me the company pay car was a possible Dillinger target.

Cement Worker of the Month

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

Ronald Hess Jr. Lehigh-Heidelberg

Mr. Ronald Hess Jr. was raised in Kutztown, graduating from Kutztown High School in 1990. Completing the vocational tech carpentry program, in high school, he played both center and defensive linemen positions on the football team and first baseman on the baseball team. The baseball team qualified for the state tournament.

Union contract tells the story of cement plants in 1953

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

A few months ago, I wrote a column on the workday of cement packers at the old Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company. Since then I received a 1953 Local 14 contract from the Coplay plant. It takes us back over 60 years to a time when wages pale compared to the present day.

First, let's take a brief look at Coplay Cement's history.

The company was founded by David Saylor, a pioneer in the cement industry. Saylor as a young man worked in his father's store in Schoenersville, but he was looking to improve his life.

Cement Workers of the Month

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Local News

'JC' Izquierdo Cesar Revuelta

"JC" was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, where his parents and sister still reside. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Catalonia with a degree in industrial engineering and electro-mechanical engineering, spending a semester of study in Manchester, England.

His mechanical interest stems from his father's career as an automobile technician. JC's cement career started with Cementos Portland Valderrivas in Spain, the present owner of Keystone Cement. He came to the Bath plant as the plant's maintenance manager.

Allen Twp. once covered more territory

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

Today, we will be taking a look at the history of a neighbor, Allen Township.

My friend Mr. Larry Oberly, an Allen Township supervisor, wrote an excellent column in the township's newsletter, giving us a glimpse of local history.

As most of my readers know, Larry has used his camera to provide hundreds of photographs for the Remembering column. He is also the secretary of the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum and graciously agreed to share his research with our loyal readers.

Larry writes:

Horner's Cemetery records local history

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement CompanyMemorial Museum in Columns

A few weeks ago, I received a telephone call from my friend Peggy Moser. Peggy has led a group of volunteers who are restoring the Horner's Cemetery. The historic cemetery is located off Route 329 behind God's Missionary Church in East Allen Township. Since 2008 they have done extensive research using original documents from the Presbyterian Church archives center in Philadelphia.