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Subseries 2. Efforts to Purchase Plant

Scope and Content Notes:

Sub-Series 2 pertains to the group's attempts to purchase a facility and start their own business. It reflects the involvement of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development in having a feasibility study done. AWU received a $5000 grant from the Pittsburgh National Bank Foundation for that project. Professor Dwight Baumann of Carnegie-Mellon University and a class of mechanical engineering students undertook the preliminary study. Part of this was the development of a proposal to the Ben Franklin Partnership for an engineering study of the "state of the art" in meat processing. An application was also made to the Commonwealth Employee Ownership Assistance Program, and the city and county each pledged $25,000 in matching funds to supplement the state funds. Then state Rep. Tom Murphy, D-North Side, vocally supported the cause of AWU, and was part of a steering committee for Pittsburgh Provision and Packing. The steering committee requested bids for the role of project coordinator for the feasibility study, and Philadelphia Association for Cooperative Enterprise (PACE) was chosen. All of this activity is documented to some extent in this sub-series, through correspondence and various reports, and photocopies of proposals and applications.

Folder 17 Production Armour Plant
Folder 18 Plants to Look At
Folder 19 Leaders City, County, State
Folder 20 Coop Enterprise
Folder 21 Letters from Leaders in City, County
Folder 22 PPP Letters
Folder 23 Request for Grant PPP
Folder 24 URA Loans and Grants
Folder 25 Feasibility Study Bids
Folder 26 Mark D. Schwartz, lawyer
Folder 27 Bill Schirro Steel Buildings
Folder 28 Articles of Incorporation PPP
Folder 29 I.D.A.L./Allegheny County Industrial Development Authority
Folder 30 Press Clips/News Releases
Folder 31 Meat and Poultry Inspection Directory
Folder 32 PPP Initial Market Study
Folder 33 Proposal to PACE for PPP, May, 1985
Folder 34 Facilities Analysis-PPP
Folder 35 Proposal to PACE for Market Analysis Feasibility of Meat Processing in Pittsburgh, July, 1985
Folder 36 Employee Ownership Handbook-PA MILRITE