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      A behind the scenes tour of the Empire Kosher Poultry plant. In accordance with Jewish dietary laws, trained Rabbis monitor the processing of each bird at this Mifflintown plant.
    • Hammond's Pretzels
      Episode 57
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      PCN Tours looks at Hammond's Pretzels or Lancaster, PA. The Hammond family has been making pretzels since 1930. Their recipe dates back to the 1800s. Let's go back even farther in history - Hammond's reports that the pretzel itself dates back to 600AD. A monk in a bakery inadvertently twisted some dough into a shape that he thought resembled arms crossed in prayer!moreless
    • Zippo Lighters
      Episode 56
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Zippo Lighters manufacturing facility.
    • Zambelli Fireworks
      Episode 55
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      Proudly known as the "First Family of Fireworks," Zambelli is one of the oldest and largest American fireworks companies. The magic of Zambelli pyrotechnics has been televised around the world, on "MSNBC Investigates", the Odyssey Network, the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and the British Broadcasting Company. Zambelli Fireworks design experts are internationally known for producing personalized, custom shows. Blending tradition with innovation, Zambelli Fireworks can convert any concept or theme into an unforgettable fireworks extravaganza that leaves a memorable impression on everyone who sees it.moreless
    • Wilton Armetale
      Episode 54
      1/1/04
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Wilton Armetale manufacturing facility.This Mt. Joy company makes platters, bowls, mugs, and candleholders. Buyers select the finish of the metal. The matte version resembles pewter found in taverns during Colonial times, and the polished version looks like silver.
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Violin Makers, Ltd. facility in Camp Hill, PA
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Turkey Hill Ice Cream facility.
    • Solomon Steelpans
      Episode 51
      1/1/07
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Solomon Steelpans facility.A steelpan is a percussion instrument that when struck produces a musical tone. Putting a groove between specific areas of the steelpan was the original method for isolating the different notes available to the musician. Phil Solomon takes credit for the "Grooveless Method," and other manufacturing innovations, that he says make his steelpans stand out.moreless
    • Snyder's Pretzels
      Episode 50
      1/1/04
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Snyder's Pretzels facility.
    • Shaker Shoppe
      Episode 49
      1/1/04
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Shaker Shoppe facility.Shakers turned away from society and lived in large families from Maine to Kentucky in the middle of the 19th century. They cared little for material things, and devoted their lives to work and God. Their simple nature can be found in the hand-crafted chairs and hutches that are made here in Lititz. In the true Shaker spirit, emphasis is put on function, not ornamentation.moreless
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Seltzer's Lebanon Bologna facility.Wooden smokehouses at Seltzer's that stand thirty feet tall give Lebanon Bologna its unique taste. Inside, the meat is slow-cured, as it has been since 1902, over hardwood fires tended by hand.
    • Sears Iron Works
      Episode 47
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      A behind the scenes tour of the sears Iron Works facility.The blacksmiths of this Ottsville shop heat and bend iron to their will for the repair and fabrication of fences, gates, and objects of art. Intricate scroll work on gates weighing more than 1,800 pounds takes skill, patience, and practice. A piece of work can be ruined if it is subjected to too much heat. Sears does work for outdoor public sculptures as well, where the durability of iron is desirable. For attachment to a Border Inspection Station on the Texas-Mexico line, Sears built huge metal butterflies. The colorful insect is of keen interest in that area and is often sighted in swarms.moreless
    • Rodale Farm
      Episode 46
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      A behind the scenes look at Rodale Farms - a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach.
    • Curt Miner, Curator of Popular Culture at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, says, "Levittown, PA could very well stand as one of the Commonwealth's most important contributions to the 20th century." To this day, it enjoys the distinction of being the largest planned community built by a single builder in the United States. Levitt and Sons hoped to expand their Levittown, New York achievement by adding schools, churches, pools, and baseball fields to a Pennsylvania version in the late 1950s. The exhibit shows architectural drawings, maps, and building materials from the project. Another section of the exhibit explains post-war life from the perspective of Levittown's first generation of "crabgrass pioneers."moreless
    • Neon Exposure
      Episode 44
      1/1/08
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      Behind the scenes tour of the Neon Exposure facility.After World War II, neon was big. The GI Bill gave veterans a chance to develop their skills as "tubebenders." Their unique signs jumped out of the night and enticed customers to patronize a range of establishments. Nowadays, this medium combining art and function is practiced by only a few. Dave Simmons is one of those craftsmen who keeps the neon glowing for those who want to make a special statement.moreless
    • 1/1/07
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Meadowbrroke Gourds facility.Say, what is a gourd, anyway? Well, it's an oddly-shaped, inedible fruit with a hard rind. Its chief purpose has been to serve as a utensil or decoration after it's been hollowed-out and dried. Then the artists at Meadowbrooke go to work and design and apply to the shell whatever their imaginations can come up with.moreless
    • 1/1/04
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Martin's Potato Chip's facility. Here's another one of several snack producers in snack-happy Central Pennsylvania. Martin's has a great big kettle outside their plant to let you know about their signature "Kettle-Cook'd" chips. In the early 1970's, the plant was sold by the Martins to Ken and Sandy Potter. The Potter family is still there today sending their chips to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Altoona, New York and Virginia.moreless
    • Martin's Chair
      Episode 41
      1/1/06
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Martin's Chair facility.Martin's makes reproduction furniture based on 18th century design. Founder John Martin learned to use a lathe to turn the legs of Windsor chairs when he was 11. By the time he was 19, he bought the business outright for one dollar. He and his staff have been making fine furniture ever since.moreless
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      The entire process of making a Martin guitar can last from three to six months. Three-hundred separate steps must be performed by dozens of skilled craftsmen. The operations are done by computerized machines as well as by individuals who carry out the work by hand.. The process of heating and bending the wood against a mold to create the sides of the guitar dates back more than 100 years.moreless
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      A behind the scenes tour of J & L Speciality Steel, manufacturers of Coil Processing Equipment, Air Compressors, Electric Cranes, Overhead Cranes, Alternating Current (AC) Electric Motors, Direct Current (DC) Electric Motors, Print Roller Profile Grinder Machine Tools, Cold Rolling Mills, Sheet Metal or Plate Initial Pinch Top Slip Bending Rolls, Surplus Steel Tubes, Crane Electric Motorsmoreless
    • Emeco Chairs
      Episode 38
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      These stylish and yet utilitarian chairs are made from 80% recycled aluminium. Emeco says it takes 50 hands 8 hours to make just one chair. If you want it polished, that's another 8 hours. If you flip some chairs over, you can see the differences in welds that distinguish one chair from another. PCN Tours shows you how they are made.moreless
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      PCN Tours goes behind the scenes to shine a light on the Electron Energy Corp. Radiation, solar flares, and cosmic rays in deep space must be taken in consideration when designing and building a spacecraft. Electron Energy melts alloys to produce Samarium Cobalt magnets for use in space. The company produces a wide range of magnets for radar, medical and surgical devices, aircraft, marine vessels, motors, and many other applications.moreless
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Easy to Love Wooden Toys facility.The Worlds Finest Hardwood Wooden Toys are made from Pennsylvania Hardwoods and are finished natural with a Non Toxic finish and have no stains applied, so the natural color of the wood will show.
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Delaware County Times newspaper - serves the Delaware County, Pennsylvania area.
    • 1/1/04
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Cherith Brook Boxes facility.Garry Blevins was helping tear down an old house when it occurred to him it would be nice to make something from the wood. He began to build boxes that were simple and durable, featuring a design that was made popular by the Shaker religious community. His boxes are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and woods. Jewelry boxes, sewing boxes, and cookie boxes are a few variations on the basic design. Some have handles for easy carrying.moreless
    • Channel Craft Toys
      Episode 33
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      Join us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Channel Craft Toys located in North Charleroi, PA. There's a story about some frontier kids who were sifting through a parts box and came across a Cotton Gin coil spring and a ring linked together. The spring was welded shut on both ends. How did the spring and the ring become linked together? Can you separate them? Give up? Hold the printed solution up to a mirror to decode it if you must ... The Cotton Gin Spring puzzle is one of many old-fashioned favorites made by Channel Craft of North Charleroi. Marbles, complete with leather pouch and game handbook, jacks, jump-rope, Tiddly Winks, Pick-Up Sticks, Dominoes ... all the familiar simple American classics are under one roof here.moreless
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Byers' Choice Figurines Company. From the design to the actual stitching and dressing of these handcrafted figurines including packaging details.
    • Boeing Helicopters
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      In a 19th century Pennsylvania grist mill, visitors can find an internationally-known art collection by three generations of the Wyeth family and other artists of the Brandywine Valley. With funds from his illustrations for "Treasure Island", N.C. Wyeth bought 18 acres of land in Chadds Ford in 1911. It was here that the artist built his home and studio.moreless
    • Boeing Helicopters
      Episode 30
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Boeing Helicopter manufacturing facility.
    • Mark Bluett made his first violin in 1982. His instruments are created from the finest woods: spruce, curly maple, and mahogany. These woods must be dried for at least 20 years in order to give his violins, mandolins, and guitars their best tone and appearance. This PCN Tour takes viewers behind-the-scenes.moreless
    • Burley's Ice Rink
      Episode 28
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      A behind the scenes tour of Burley's Ice Rinks. where they design and build ice and in-line skating facilities.
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      A behind the scenes tour of the Bachman Snack Company.Bachman went into business in 1844 with one small oven and a horse-drawn delivery cart. They concentrated on one product - pretzels. Today, Bachman has expanded their line to include potato chips, corn chips, tortilla chips, popcorn, and many variations based on these favorite snacks. While they keep up with demand for such snacks, the company has managed to hold on to a traditional method of production. They say they're the only major company that continues to use an automatic pretzel-twisting machine. The McGonigles, the family that bought Bachman in the 1930's, take the credit for the technological innovation.moreless
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      Explore the Atwater Kent Museum in Philadelphia with PCN. The Museum's collection shows how three centuries of people worked, played, and lived in Philadelphia and its suburbs. That's what radio pioneer A. Atwater Kent had in mind when he bought the building and gave it to the city in 1938. Before it was devoted to the history of Philadelphia, the building was the original home of the Franklin Institute.moreless
    • BWP Bats
      BWP Bats
      Episode 25
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      Come behind the scenes of this Brookville, PA facility as a tour guide shows viewers the production line. BWP needs a lot of raw material for their baseball bats. Fortunately, they have some of the finest hardwood trees in the world in their backyard. They say their unique drying process for their wood - involving a radio frequency and a vacuum - results in a better bat for professionals and kids alike.moreless
    • Everlast Roofing
      Episode 24
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      This company says their Everlast II uses a certain kind of galvanized steel that has the ability to repair itself. That's important if the roofing is scratched. A layer of insoluable zinc salt forms over the exposed damaged area, and helps to prevent corrosion. Go behind the scenes with PCN to see how it is done.moreless
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      Between 1879 and 1918, this school assimilated Native American children into mainstream American society. It was the first off-reservation boarding school established for this purpose. A distinguished alumnus from the school was renown athlete Jim Thorpe. The surviving campus encompasses part of the Carlisle Barracks, the second oldest active military post in the U.S. Learn more in this PCN Tour.moreless
    • Corvette America
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      Corvette America profiles car from Detroit whose name evokes excitement, power, and style can have its life sustained with replacement parts manufactured in Pennsylvania. Corvette America says their factory turns out more reproduction parts for the automotive icon than all the other sources combined. Learn more in this PCN Tour.
    • The entire process of making a Martin guitar can last from three to six months. Three-hundred separate steps must be performed by dozens of skilled craftsmen. The operations are done by computerized machines as well as by individuals who carry out the work by hand.. The process of heating and bending the wood against a mold to create the sides of the guitar dates back more than 100 years.moreless
    • Alcoa Aluminum
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      Alcoa Mill Products in Lancaster makes aluminum sheets that are used in the manufacture of trucks, autos, cookware, and construction materials. Their machined cast plate is used in a variety of products, including robotics and medical instruments. Alcoa has two other plants similar to the Lancaster plant in Texas and Iowa. PCN gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the production line.moreless
    • PCN offers a behind-the-scenes of this Bradford, PA facility. The Pennsylvania grade crude oil region comprises about 35,000 square miles running from New York state, through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. This company refines and packages Pennsylvania grade crude oil into oil for engines, transmissions, and hydraulic systems.
    • Altoona Railroad Museum takes you deep into the Altoona Railroad Museum for a closer look. Here in Altoona, an army of railroaders designed, built, and maintained the Pennsylvania Railroad, the largest railroad in the world. The President of the Pennsylvania Railroad was at one time considered more powerful than the President of the United States. Boasting 250,000 employees, the railroad's budget was larger than that of the U.S. government. This Altoona museum is meant to honor these workers and their contributions to the culture and development of the railroad industry, and to preserve their heritage.moreless
    • Fessler USA Knitwear
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      Fessler USA Knitwear takes you behind the scenes of the Orwigsburg, PA Fessler USA Knitwear facility. Sure, you know that textile and garment manufacture has exited the United States to a great extent. But there's a company in Schuylkill County that's bucked the trend. They invested in American yarn, knitting machines, an in-house design shop, and a business strategy that has won them the support of major upscale clothing retailers in the U.S., Europe, and even China.moreless
    • Just Born Candy
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      PCN Tours - Just Born Candy is a behind-the-scenes look at the Just Born Candy plant in Bethlehem, PA, which gives viewers an up-close look at the making of the popular marshmallow peeps and other tasty treats.
    • Mack Trucks
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      Go behind-the-scenes as a representative of Mack Trucks takes viewers on a tour of the Macungie, PA factory. PCN visits the Lehigh Valley for look at this venerable American workhorse. During WW I, British soldiers paid tribute to the pugnacious, blunt-nosed, rugged vehicle by dubbing it the Bulldog Mack.
    • PCN Tours - Family Heir-Loom Weavers tours this Red Lion, PA factory with PCN. This company finds its inspiration in the fabric and design of carpets from the 19th century. Their looms and power mills reproduce fabrics such as ingrain carpeting, a flat-woven and often reversible carpet that was used by most middle-class citizens in their homes in the 1800s.moreless
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      Some of the walls in Merion Station, Pennsylvania are covered by the original works of the most celebrated painters the world has ever known. Philadelphian Albert Barnes began collecting modern art in 1912 when he sent a friend to Paris on a mission. A painter in his own right, William Glackens returned to the states with work by Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Picasso. Barnes continued to acquire art throughout his life. In 1992, part of his collection went on tour and brought the Barnes name throughout the United States and France. Today, prospective visitors must make reservations in order to view the gallery in person.moreless
    • Leisters Furniture
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      PCN Tours takes you behind the scenes of Leisters Furniture in Hanover, PA. Crafted from high-quality Pennsylvania hardwoods, the Leister collections are intended to be passed from one generation to another. The company says the different grain patterns and textures give each piece a one-of-a-kind identity, just as nature gives a subtle distinction to every tree.moreless
    • Kreider Farms
      Episode 12
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      The third generation of the Kreider family oversees this milk, egg, and ice cream operation that covers about 2,500 acres. Here are some other impressive numbers. Kreider claims to have 1,500 cows, and a mind-boggling 3.5 million chickens! That's plenty for keeping their stores, restaurants, and whole sale markets stocked-up with fresh goods.moreless
    • Keystone Mint
      Episode 11
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      PCN's cameras go behind-the-scenes with a representative of the Keystone Mint in Folcroft, PA for a tour of the facilty. This mint doesn't make coins that'll get you anything in the store. But what they lack in monetary value they make up in sentimental value. These coins commemorate people, events, dates ... anything the client wants.moreless
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      During his days as a stand-up bassist, Ken Smith gigged with the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr. and Perry Como. He also laid down bass lines for Broadway shows and commercial jingles. These days, instead of finding Smith in an orchestra pit or a recording studio, you're more likely to find him clinging to the side of a mountain of lumber choosing wood for his hand-made electric bass guitars. "The World's Greatest Hand-Made Basses" emanate from the small town of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. After Smith selects the best wood for his instruments, he traces a template on it that shows the silouhette of the body of one of his basses. Then the outline is cut out with a bandsaw. After sanding, assembly, finishing, and electronics installation, the finished bass will come full circle to Smith's bench for final adjustments and inspection. When Smith is choosing lumber, he says the results often fall within three categories. "If it's not good enough for one of my basses, it might be good enough for a piece of furniture. Anything worse than that goes into the furnace to heat my building." Learn more in this PCN Tour offeringmoreless
    • Kahle's Kitchens
      Episode 9
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      Kahle's makes cabinets and countertops for the bath as well as the kitchen. They encourage their customers to bring their imagination to the 3-D computer design phase, while considering different wood species that result in a traditional or contemporary look.
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      This company builds a machine called the "Continuous Miner" that goes underground to extract coal and other bedded materials. Industry pioneer Joe Joy's accomplishments in the first part of the 20th century are considered milestones in the development of underground mining mechanization.
    • Lighting is a specialty at Irvin's. They have a line of tin and wood chandeliers, reproduction shade lights, and table lights. Each new batch of tinware is assigned to one craftsman, who works on the project from start to finish. The pieces are cut, shaped, and soldered, then the item is given an antique finish to give it a distinctive character. Learn more from this PCN Tour.moreless
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      PCN Tours takes viewers behind the scenes of the Helsel Lumber Mill in Duncansville, PA. Helsel manufactures Pennsylvania Appalachian hardwood products for domestic and international markets. Eleven species of wood, including Red Oak, Cherry, and Ash, are cut, then dried in their kilns to the customer's specifications. The business began in 1926 with a sawmill and three employees. Today, 65 full-timers keep the mill humming.moreless
    • Go behind the scenes of Georgia-Pacific Packaging with PCN Tours. Getting the corrugation just right inside any flap of a paper box is important. If the box doesn't have enough cushioning built-in, goods that have to travel any distance from the factory might end up damaged. Georgia-Pacific in Mt. Wolf is the 4th largest maker of packaging in the U.S. that gets products from manufacturers to consumers.moreless
    • PCN Tours provides viewers with a look at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. Back in 1975 a group of motor racing enthusiasts called the Williams Grove Old Timers gathered near Harrisburg. They all had an interest in the early days of American racing and a desire to preserve the history of that bygone era. That's when the idea of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing was born. The museum includes a variety of sprint, drag, NASCAR, and Indy-style cars. The car driven to victory in the 1969 Indianapolis 500 by Pennsylvanian native and racing legend Mario Andretti is a highlight of the collection.moreless
    • Visitors young and old have been captivated by the melodies produced by this collection of automatic instruments. The nickelodeons, merry-go-round band organs, and music boxes found here bring back to life the tunes of George M. Cohan, John Phillip Sousa, and Irving Berlin. These carefully-restored instruments reproduce the sounds exactly as they were heard by generations of listeners spanning two centuries. Now you can visit too with PCN Tours.moreless
    • A representative of the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum guides viewers through the new facility that houses an impressive collection. The AACA has its headquarters in Hershey. When the time came to build a museum dedicated to the club's passion, the location was obvious. Just down the street from Hersheypark, car buffs can see automotive history from the horseless carriage to the muscle cars of the '70s.moreless
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