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PTLKARL posts on May 5, 2009

May Program from MHSNJ

165 Mulberry Street / Newark, NJ
On Tuesday May 19th, the MHSNJ ( is touring the Prudential Center center in Newark New Jersey.
Instead of the usual tour of a warehouse, factory, or distribution center, we are treated this month to a tour of a noted public venue where we can see how materials, people and equipment are distributed within the facility. While this is primarily an entertainment facility, hosting sporting events such as professional hockey (New Jersey Devils), college basketball (Seton Hall University), as well as concerts and other events, the problem of moving a variety of items from storage to set-up and consumption utilize many of the material handling functions we have all come to appreciate in our own business lives.

For example, while almost all events require the distribution of food and beverage, each other function require different types of equipment and supporting structures unique to their individual needs. This means that the staff of the Center must be able to handle all the individual needs of the particular event, often with a very short lead time. The technology used to run the building is of great interest, how they move the different venues in and out, ready for the next event. One of the interesting things is the very heavy power demands, and the partnership with Public Service Electric and Gas Co. which makes it go, and which helps with the distribution of power throughout the city of Newark.


Dinner Program at The Newark Club / One Newark Center
After the tour, members and guests will go three blocks to One Newark Center for our dinner meeting. We will have as our speakers Charles Leone, Jr., Director of Operation for the "Rock" and Tim Dougherty, Engineer, who will explain how all this is done. We look forward to a very different but very interesting and informative tour. To sign up or for more information go to the MHSNJ website at


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