Submitted for your approval, from the Twilight Zone: Jon Connole, a humble marketing manager at Port Erie Plastics Inc., was checking the resin silos one day when he met ... a 34,000-pound blob of black ABS that got cooked when lightening struck a resin silo at the Erie, Pa., custom injection molder. Connole said Port Erie officials knew the silo was blocked, but, when the chunk was extracted in November, its size shocked them. ``We knew something was in there, but we had estimated 10,000 pounds at the max. We tried breaking it up in various ways, but eventually we had to cut the silo in half,'' Connole said. Insurance will pay for the resin and for putting the silo together again. Connole said the company has no idea what to do with the big chunk. He jokes about a modern art statue in Port Erie's front yard.
TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT AWARD: To those several hundred injection molding employees of toy maker Fisher-Price who chose to take early retirement or simply quit, rather than accept jobs at the company's new, labor-intensive rotomolding plant a few b
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