Governor Wolf Announces Six New Small Business Projects in Five Counties, Enabling Expansion and Jobs Creation

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Six New Small Business Projects in Five Counties, Enabling Expansion and Jobs Creation Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program for six business projects in five counties that will enable companies to grow and expand production and enable a new restaurant to open. The projects are expected to create and retain more than 250 full-time jobs.“This loan funding will help these companies take their businesses to the next level by investing critical capital into their expansion plans, Governor Wolf said. “Whether it’s expanding production or opening a brand-new business, these projects will create jobs and strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy.”In 2018, PIDA has approved $70 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $95 million in private investment and supported 3,905 created and retained full-time jobs. This month, PIDA approved a total of more than $5.5 million in low-interest loans to projects in Adams, Bedford, Centre, Jefferson, and Lancaster counties.The following six loans were approved:Adams CountyPrecision Cut Industries, Inc., a provider of laser cutting, press brakes, and robotic welding services, was approved for a $1.2 million, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 7-year reset through Adams County Economic Development Corporation for a 28,115-square-foot expansion of its facility in Hanover. The expansion will enable the company to operate more efficiently and continue to grow. The project is expected to create five new jobs and retain 101 jobs in the next three years.Bedford CountyLampire Biological Labs, Inc., a producer of antiserums used in immunization, pregnancy tests, and various drug tests, was approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through Bedford County Development Association for the acquisition of a 179-acre farm located in West Providence Township. This acquisition will enable the company to increase production by housing additional animals needed to produce biological materials used for drug testing and diagnostic and research use.Centre CountyHomeland Manufacturing Services, Inc., a manufacturer of circuit cards and cables, was approved for a $900,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 7-year reset through Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership for the acquisition of real estate and the construction of the company’s new 12,500-square-foot manufacturing facility located at Benner Commerce Business Park in Benner Township. The company has outgrown its current facility, and this new manufacturing facility will enable the company to operate more efficiently and continue to grow. The project is expected to create 20 new jobs and retain 10 jobs over the next three years.Jefferson CountyPhoenix Sintered Metals, LLC, a manufacturer of powdered metal parts, was approved for a $1,152,781, 10-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission for the purchase of machinery and equipment and the rebuilding of an existing high-temperature furnace at the company’s manufacturing facility located in Brockway. The new equipment will enable more efficiency and greater capacity in production. The project is expected to create 10 new jobs and retain 76 jobs over the next three years.Lancaster CountyDouble C LLC, a newly-established operating company, was approved for a $200,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 7-year reset through EDC Finance Corporation to establish a new restaurant, The Double C, on Prince Street in the city of Lancaster. The project includes the acquisition and renovation of a 3,900-square-foot commercial space that will feature a casual neighborhood tavern style environment, and the fare will be centered around locally-sourced, grass-fed, and dry-aged Black Angus beef.Levi’s Building Components, LLC, a manufacturer of metal roof snow guard systems and screws, and distributor of metal roof installation accessories, was approved for a $1,720,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 7-year reset through EDC Finance Corporation, to construct a new, larger 114,000-square-foot facility in which to locate its operations due to outgrowing its current facility. The project is expected to create 12 jobs and retain 32 jobs over the next three years.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit October 03, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hughes: Big Ten media days notebook, Day 2

first_imgCHICAGO – Players and coaches sat at tables for one-on-one interviews in another eventful day at the Big Ten football media days. I caught up again with those representing Wisconsin. Let me fill you in on the good stuff from day two:Henry thankful for Bielema’s astuteness Aaron Henry, a redshirt senior out of Immokalee, Fla., said some pretty interesting things about the relationship he’s had with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema over the years.Let’s start at the beginning: Henry enjoyed a rather successful year at cornerback as a true freshman for the Badgers in 2007. He played in 12 games, started two, and totaled 3.5 sacks, one interception and 38 tackles. But after suffering a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament in a practice prior to the Outback Bowl, Henry said he and Bielema began to disagree on some things.“Me and Coach B, our relationship has never been really negative, but sometimes we didn’t always see eye-to-eye on things,” he said.Henry said he had his doubts on whether or not he could recover from such an injury, but his head coach was more optimistic. Henry agreed to redshirt the 2008 season to rehabilitate his knee and spent the following year in 2009 as a nickel back. After that though, Bielema had a change of plans. And again, Henry didn’t initially take to the idea.“I end up redshirting and he moves me to safety,” Henry said. “I hated it. I was a cornerback my whole life, I wanted to be a cornerback my whole life.”“But as you guys can see, the guy is smarter than he looks.”Clearly. In his first season at safety last year, Henry was named Second-Team All-Big Ten by the coaches in starting all 13 games and accumulating 58 tackles, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and scoring three touchdowns.Henry said over the course of recovering from his knee injury he contemplated transferring and even reconsidered playing football as a whole. But after sticking with it and reflecting on the past, he knows he owes a lot of his success to Bielema.“I’m so thankful for that today,” Henry said. “Coach B has truly been an instrument of my success here.”A reminder of what the D-line has Wisconsin has some pretty big holes to fill in from last year’s Rose Bowl squad and, right now at least, it looks like the Badgers have the right personnel to absorb those blows. But given the mammoth effort J.J. Watt put forth a year ago, his departure has left more people wondering.And sure, Butrym, a redshirt senior, knows just how much Watt contributed, but after being asked if he was growing tired of questions relating to Watt, Butrym answered in a nice way and pointed out something that a lot of people (present company included) have overlooked.“The funny thing is, we literally return three starters (on the defensive line) and [several] contributors,” he said. “But [Watt] was the No. 11 pick of the draft and the guy can play, no question about it… We gotta replace him somehow.”He’s got a point, though, there is plenty of experience on the defensive line. Himself and Louis Nzegwu started all 13 games last season while redshirt sophomores Jordan Kohout and Ethan Hemer split the 13 starts. And behind those three are several more guys who played in more than 10 games last year.Even if a standout player fails to emerge, you got to like the chances of the line at least forming a fundamentally sound group.But can anyone replicate Watt?“You look at the past couple years, guys had solid previous seasons and then just burst onto the scene,” Butrym said. “J.J. Watt… and O’Brien Schofield is the other guy… I just kind of take the approach they took.”Watt and Schofield’s final years as Badgers were a different species compared to their penultimate seasons. And when you look at Butrym and Nzegwu, two guys who played solid up front last year, it can be easy to see one or possibly both making a similar leap.Until that time comes though, replacing Watt will probably remain a valid question. But just be sure to keep Butrym’s point in the back of your mind.Bielema and Chryst in harmony Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has become a hot commodity in the football world recently. In the past, Chryst has been offered a position as the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach but over the course of this offseason he earned offers from Texas, as an offensive coordinator, and Pittsburgh, as a head coach.Despite chances of higher wages and prominent positions, Chryst, who has been with Bielema throughout his career at the helm of UW, decided to remain in Madison.I’d heard a lot about how Chryst and his family – a wife and three kids – very much enjoy life in Madison and how that probably played a significant factor in keeping Chryst in town. But on Friday I got to hear Bielema talk about his fluid relationship with Chryst.“Even when I was talking to (Texas head coach) Mack Brown, I said ‘Mack, the advantage I have is he works for me right now,” Bielema said. “Paul knows what it’s like to be an offensive coordinator for Bret Bielema. I do not try to be the offensive coordinator; I do not even pretend to be. I give suggestions, ideas, and I think we have a relationship that’s really very special and that’s not common.”“Defensive coaches on my staff have it a little bit different because of my background and my history. I naturally gravitate to that side a little bit, but I think to be an offensive coach in our program with me as a head coach is a lot of fun because I don’t mettle.”Chryst reportedly accepted a pay increase at UW shortly after declining the offers from other schools. It’s good to know that things are happy at home and at work for one of the nation’s hottest assistant coaches. That’s huge for Wisconsin.Elliot Hughes is a senior majoring in journalism. Are you as amazed as he is over how positive the offseason has been for Wisconsin? Tell him about it at read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar – Easter Weekend In Olympia Washington

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Easter weekend is the start of Spring Break for most Thurston County public schools.  As families prepare to take a few days off, turn to ThurstonTalk’s event calendar for all the activities around town.  Use our *new* Kids & Family section to find a new place to play or rediscover an old favorite haunt.  Using the Activities drop down menu, you can sort for either indoor or outdoor stories.Here is a recap of the Easter Egg Hunts happening around Olympia this weekend.  For more specific details, click here.Friday, March 29 –Adult Flashlight Egg Scramble at the RAC at 8:00 pmSaturday, March 30 –10:00 am – Westfield Capital Mall10:00 am – Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the RAC10:00 am – New Apostolic Church11:00 am – Tumwater High School11:00 am – Bucknell Field in Lacey12:00 pm – South Sound Church1:00 pm – Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & FarmSunday, March 312:00 pm – Priest Point Park2:00 pm – South Sound ManorOther events happening this weekend include:Dig razor clams in Ocean Shores this weekend.Play outside on Saturday, in honor of the 100th birthday of the Washington State Parks system.Visit the WET Science Center.Gather ideas for activities during Spring Break.Attend a performance at Olympia Family Theater or Harlequin Productions.  Both local theater groups have shows throughout the weekend.Catch a roller derby bout between #1 Oly Rollers and #2 San Diego Starlettes on Sunday evening.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

Beaver Valley Nitehawks ring in New Year in style, rally past Leafs 7-5 in clash of Murdoch heavyweights

first_imgNelson out shot the Hawks 40-29. But almost half of those shots came in the opening frame when the Leafs dominated Beaver Valley 18-7 on the shot meter.Travis Beekhuizen survived a shaky first period to register the win in goal for Beaver Valley.The goaltending team of Brett Soles, who started the game, and Cody Boeckman, shared the loss for Nelson.After finishing November with a 10-0-0-1 record Nelson completed the month of December with a 4-3-1 mark. Two of those defeats came against Murdoch rivals Castlegar (6-1) and Beaver Valley.In the last four games Nelson is 1-2-1.The road doesn’t get any easier for the Leafs as the club takes to the road this weekend for a pair of games in the East Kootenay, starting Friday in Fernie against the Eddie Mountain leading Ghostriders.Sunday, Nelson, playing the next five games on the road, visits Castlegar in a 2 p.m. afternoon affair.Next home game is Friday, January 18th against Columbia Valley Rockies.Meanwhile Beaver Valley, 9-1-1 in December plays a home-and-home series against Kimberley Dynamiters, starting Friday in the Bavarian City.MURDOCH NOTES: The Beaver Valley win puts the season series at 4-2 Leafs, but allows the Hawks to gain some revenge after Nelson rallied to a 7-6 victory in November at the Hawks Nest. . . . Sunday, Nelson completed another deal that saw forward Jacob Boyczuk traded to Revelstoke Grizzlies for future considerations. Boyczuk came to Nelson before the season started from Beaver Valley in a deal that saw Walker Sidoni shipped to Fruitvale. In 31 games this season for Trail native had 12 goals and 14 assists. Boyczuk is the second player off the Leafs top line that included Colton Schell and Colton McCarthy, to leave the team. McCarthy is now playing for Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League. . . .Nelson captain Schell continues to lead the league in scoring despite accumulating two points in the last four games. In two games against Castlegar and Beaver Valley, the Nelson sniper has been all but silenced, picking up only one assist against Beaver Valley. . . Nelson fans got a good look at newcomer Conner Gross. The Alberta native, traded from Grand Forks during the Christmas break, scored in his first game with Nelson. . . .Former Nelson head coach Simon Wheeldon was behind the bench again for the Leafs. Wheeldon was filling in for assistant coach Brent Petrick, who was suspended by the league following an altercation Saturday in Spokane. The Murdoch Division is a lot tighter to start 2013 after the Beaver Valley Nitehawks put some serious hurt on the front running Nelson Leafs in the traditional New Year’s Eve classic Monday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks exploded for five third period goals en route to a 7-5 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory against the Murdoch Division leading Leafs.The Hawks turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 advantage with four goals in a nine-minute plus span to move to within four points of the Leafs in the Murdoch Division.Beaver Valley and Castlegar are now tied for second spot in the division.The real damage came early in the third period when Beaver Valley scored three times in just over a minute — two goals coming from Kurt Black and a single from Dallas Calvin.The three goals erased a Nelson 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.Michael Bell increased the advantage to 6-4 with a shorthanded marker before Seth Schmidt stopped the bleeding for Nelson with a goal that brought the home side to within one.However, Calvin, with his second of the game and fourth point, iced the game for the Hawks. The goal came with Nelson on the power play.Nelson looked to be in complete control of the divisional matchup scoring three times in the first period.Bryce Nielsen, from his knees, newcomer Conner Gross, with a nice foot to stick play, and Aaron Dunlap gave Nelson what appeared to be insurmountable momentum.But in the second Connor Brown-Maloski started the comeback with a power play goal three minutes into the period.Brandon Butlin made it 3-2 late in the frame before Major Midget affiliate Brandon Sookro regained Nelson’s two-goal advantage before the period ended.last_img read more