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  • Empire Kosher Poultry

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    S 1 : Ep 58 - 1/1/00

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 57 -

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 56 - 1/1/00

    A behind the scenes tour of the Zippo Lighters manufacturing facility.
  • Zambelli Fireworks

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    S 1 : Ep 55 - 1/1/00

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 54 - 1/1/04

    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.moreless
  • Violin Makers, Ltd.

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    S 1 : Ep 53 - 1/1/00

    A behind the scenes tour of the Violin Makers, Ltd. facility in Camp Hill, PA
  • Turkey Hill Ice Cream

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    S 1 : Ep 52 - 1/1/05

    A behind the scenes tour of the Turkey Hill Ice Cream facility.
  • Solomon Steelpans

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    S 1 : Ep 51 - 1/1/07

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 50 - 1/1/04

    A behind the scenes tour of the Snyder's Pretzels facility.
  • Shaker Shoppe

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    S 1 : Ep 49 - 1/1/04

    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
  • Seltzer's Lebanon Bologna

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    S 1 : Ep 48 - 1/1/00

    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.moreless
  • Sears Iron Works

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    S 1 : Ep 47 - 1/1/01

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 46 - 1/1/00

    A behind the scenes look at Rodale Farms - a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach.
  • PA State Museum Levittown Exhibit

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    S 1 : Ep 45 - 1/1/02

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 44 - 1/1/08

    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
  • Meadowbrooke Gourds

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    S 1 : Ep 43 - 1/1/07

    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
  • Martin's Potato Chips

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    S 1 : Ep 42 - 1/1/04

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 41 - 1/1/06

    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
  • Martin Guitars - Part 2

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    S 1 : Ep 40 - 1/1/10

    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
  • J & L Speciality Steel

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    S 1 : Ep 39 - 1/1/00

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 38 -

    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
  • Electron Energy Corp.

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    S 1 : Ep 37 -

    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
  • Easy to Love Wooden Toys

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    S 1 : Ep 36 - 1/1/00

    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.moreless
  • Delaware County Times

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    S 1 : Ep 35 - 1/1/00

    A behind the scenes tour of the Delaware County Times newspaper - serves the Delaware County, Pennsylvania area.
  • Cherith Brook Boxes

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    S 1 : Ep 34 - 1/1/04

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 33 -

    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
  • Byers' Choice Figurines

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    S 1 : Ep 32 - 1/1/00

    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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    S 1 : Ep 31 -

    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

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    S 1 : Ep 30 - 1/1/00

    A behind the scenes tour of the Boeing Helicopter manufacturing facility.
  • Bluett Brothers Violins

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    S 1 : Ep 29 -

    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
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