November 06, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Highwood USA, Creation of 58 New Jobs Economy, Jobs That Pay Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Highwood USA, a manufacturer of low-maintenance synthetic wood components, will be expanding its operations into Hazleton, Luzerne County, and will create 58 new Pennsylvania jobs.“This expansion represents more than just the creation of 58 family-sustaining jobs in Hazleton,” said Governor Wolf. “It also signals the growth and evolution of manufacturing in the commonwealth. Since day one, my administration has been focused on building our manufacturing sector, and Highwood’s expansion shows that Pennsylvania manufacturing is strong – and only growing stronger.”Highwood purchased an existing 146,000 square-foot building in Hazleton City. The company will move its fabrication and supply chain units to the new facility while maintaining its 93,000 square-foot headquarters in Rush Township, Schuylkill County. Highwood will invest at least $7.4 million into the project, which includes acquiring and renovating its new facility as well as upgrading its current facility. The project will create a total of 58 new jobs over the next three years and retain 132 more.“We are thrilled to add a second location so close to our current production facility,” said John Quarmley, CEO of Highwood. “With the support of Governor Wolf and the Department of Community and Economic Development, we can stay in Pennsylvania and retain all the fantastic and dedicated employees who build our outdoor furniture. With the state’s assistance, Highwood won’t miss a beat during the ramp-up of this new plant, and we will continue to draw on our neighborhood for more skilled people as we grow our business.”Highwood USA received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $116,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $116,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Greater Hazleton CAN DO, the Hazleton area’s local economic development organization.“Highwood’s expansion into a vacant industrial building within the City of Hazleton should bolster the city’s tax base through the creation of 58 jobs and an investment of more than $7 million,” CAN DO president Kevin O’Donnell said. “CAN DO is proud to have played a role in assisting Highwood in locating to Greater Hazleton, but specifically, being able to work with the city to help drive economic growth at this time is especially rewarding.”Founded in 2003, Highwood USA produces next-generation, ultra-low maintenance, made-in-USA synthetic materials for OEM projects and outdoor furniture. The company’s goal is to produce eco-friendly materials that mimic the look of nature’s finest materials and provide years and years of durability with minimal maintenance.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
EDEN HAZARD admits he will be SCARED to play under Jose Mourinho next season.The Special One sealed his sensational return to Chelsea this week.And Hazard, 22, has confessed to being in awe of his new boss.The Blues playmaker said: “He’s a mystical coach, who is always being talked about.“Maybe in the first training session I will be a bit intimidated. After all, it’s Jose Mourinho.“But he is also a man, with two arms and two legs and so, in the end, I will have a normal relationship with him, just as I have with my previous coaches.“It will be a pleasure to have a coach like him, especially as everybody says it will be a very good thing for me.”Hazard has shone at Stamford Bridge since his £32million arrival from Lille last summer and was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award.But the Belgian reckons he can go even better next season — and has targeted a record-breaking 60 GOALS. Hazard added: “Every year, I am improving and getting better and better, but I want to be even more effective.“My dream is 50 or even 60 goals like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They have shown it is possible, so maybe I can do the same.“I had a lot of assists last season and a few goals, but the problem is that I tend to choose the beautiful option too often and dribble with the ball, when a different way might cause more damage.“Sometimes I lack the killer instinct, but I mean to change that.“I need to shoot more, rather than look to do something that looks nice, and that is what I will be trying to do next season.” read more
A Buncrana man who has helped to raise more than €91,000 for the Donegal Cancer Bus in the past two years says he is standing by the charity.A Sunday Times newspaper article at the weekend raised questions about the Letterkenny-based Good and New Charity, which reported a surplus of more than €400,000 to the charities regulator over the past two years.However, John Porter says there are “no allegations of any misappropriation of funds” and he will continue to back the charity unless “something bad is revealed”. “I will certainly still keep on collecting for the charity. I was out this weekend as normal gathering collection boxes from shops and pubs in Buncrana.”“As far as I’m concerned the Donegal Cancer Bus is a fantastic charity that helps so many people in desperate need in this county. People might not realise that the charity gives lots of families a wee helping hand when they need it too, as well as running the bus service.”“There are no allegations of any misappropriation of funds here and there isn’t a charity in the country that doesn’t have money in the bank,” he said.In its return to the regulator, the Good and New shop reported income of more than €815,000 for 2015 and 2016. However it spent less than half of that sum in the same timeframe: €101,130 in 2015 and €289,740 in 2016. Mr Porter says expenditure rose significantly last year, compared to 2015, because the charity invested in a new 37-seater bus.He told the Inishowen Independent that he gets a receipt for every donated sum and that he will travel to Letterkenny this morning, Tuesday, to lodge a further €1,200 into the Good and New building society account.“I will lodge the money into the account and bring the receipt to the staff at the [Good and New] shop as I always do. All the money I raise is accounted for and all the receipts are kept for the auditor,” Mr Porter explained.The Buncrana man firmly believes that those involved with the Good and New charity act in a voluntary capacity, apart “from some small expenses for the driver to get his dinner”.“There are heads of charities down the country getting €200,000 or €300,000 per year,” he said. Mr Porter says he is confident that the people of Inishowen, whom he praised for their generosity, will continue to give to the good cause.“I have more boxes out and will collect them in the New Year,” he added.Over the past number of years Inishowen residents have helped raise hundreds of thousands of euro for the charity, which was established in 2009.Inishowen cancer patients and their families are also regularly among those on the bus to and from Galway.The need for the bus service here is diminishing all the time however as the new cancer centre in Altnagelvin begins to treat more and more Inishowen patients. The Derry radiotherapy unit will eventually have the capacity to treat 85% of all Inishowen cancer sufferers. Man who raised €91,000 for cancer bus says he is standing by the service was last modified: December 20th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancer buscharitydonegalEamonn McDevittGood and New read more