Dillsburg, PA. (April 19th, 2011) – "PA State Senator Pat Vance tours Joseph Machine Company"
PA State Senator Pat Vance of the 31st district recently arrived for a tour of Joseph Machine Company. Pat and her crew produce a monthly video to be posted on her website as well as for release on public TV. The video tour features Pats' questions as well as some of the machines that were available for viewing on our production floor during her visit. Those JMC staffers who appear in her production are; Randy Hutchinson, Randy Krysher, Mike Tejchman, Brad Rick, John Deibler, Phil Rockey, Zach Bauer, Dennis Griffie and Scot Hamm.
Pop some popcorn, put your feet up and go check it all out at:
Dillsburg, PA. (May 6th, 2011) – "Cub Scout troop #39 tours JMC":
The local Dillsburg based Cub Scout troop #39 toured JMC:
Joseph Machine Company welcomed the local group of young ones (primarily based from the 3rd grade) to our location for a quick tour. Patrick Myers, service manager led the young lads on a quick tour of our facility.
Every question ranging from 'How large is the building? "to "Can I keep this nut I found on the floor?" was thown at Pat Myers. In this photo Pat is shown holding up a knife in the tooling room that was hardened in Joseph Machine Companys' own heat treatment oven where temperatures can reach up to approximately 1800 degrees.
In a quick design session (see photo below) with Tom Vajdic (JMC Engineering Manager), one of the Cub scouts asked if Tom could change the color of the machine to purple. Tom's response was "I don't have purple" .....Small gift bags and candy were provided by JMC and were most certainly viewed as the highlight of the day by the troop!
Dillsburg, PA. (March 24th, 2011) – "25th Anniversary at Joseph Machine Company ":
Joseph Machine Company gears up to celebrate it's 25 anniversary of proudly serving our customers ...
Be on the look out for special 25th anniversary offers, discounts, etc. More info to come.
Dillsburg, PA. (Dec 1st, 2010) – "Some things are just built to Last":
Ever heard of the Rockville Bridge?
Joseph Machine Company is located approximately 25 minutes due south of Marysville PA, the home of a historical structure. At least one employee at JMC passes this amazing structure on his way into work every weekday. I myself have passed it and not realized the significance it holds in the world of railroad bridges. It turns out that it is actually the longest arched stone masonry (composite) bridge in the WORLD, built in the early 1900's. Here is what the www.explorePAhistory.com has to say about this magnificent bridge that was BUILT TO LAST.
Name: Rockville Bridge
Region: Hershey/Gettysburg/Dutch Country Region
Marker Location:US 11 and 15 at N end of Marysville
"At Rockville, just above the capital city, they have thrown across the Susquehanna a four-track bridge of monolithic stone seven-eighths of a mile long and stepped in graceful arches as enduring as the mountains that look down on the beautiful river. . . . it has been built to last forever."
- Writer and novelist Frank H. Spearman, The Strategy of Great Railroads, 1904.
Old Rockville Bridge, circa 1892
Credit: Courtesy of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
To the very end of the Pennsylvania Railroad's corporate existence, Rockville Bridge remained the largest of the company's 10,107 bridges. Though PRR built other large stone-arch bridges after Rockville, within a few years the construction industry had perfected the technology of reinforced concrete. Still later, pre-cast concrete sections and welded steel girders came into favor. As a result, the art and craft of the stone mason's skill fell into disuse, but remains spectacularly showcased at Rockville.
Dan Cupper, Rockville Bridge: Rails Across the Susquehanna (Halifax, PA: Withers Publishing, 2002).
Ed. Morgan, The Quarries of Curwenville: the People, the Legacy (NP, ND).
Henry O. Tyrell, History of Bridge Engineering (Chicago: 1911).
William Shank, Historic Bridges of Pennsylvania (York, PA: American Canal and Transportation Center, 1974).