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.
Tweet 35 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Any hopes by Barbadians that they would soon be flying new low-cost carrier REDjet to the United States has been set-back by US flight regulators.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Tuesday that Barbados does not meet standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which means that no Barbados-based airline that does not already serve the US (currently just REDjet), can establish a route to the US. Redjet received operation approval from Barbadian flight regulators this week and is scheduled to start flying between Barbados and Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad in early May.The US FAA assigned Barbados a Category 2 safety rating, which means that Barbados does not comply with international safety standards set by ICAO (a United Nations technical agency), based on an assessment by Barbados’ civil aviation authority.An International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures, the FAA stated.However, FAA spokeswoman, Alison Duquette, stressed that the FAA’s assessment does not mean regulators think it is unsafe for airlines based elsewhere to serve Barbados.In speaking to the media on this issue, Minister of International Transport George Hutson acknowledged the problem but gave the assurance that by month-end major steps would be taken to help bring the island fully in line with the ICAO’s aviation safety oversight provisions.Minister Hutson pointed out that over the past few years the island “has been taking steps to satisfy the international requirements for aviation safety oversight” and that the island had satisfied seven out of nine required elements.“Of these … nine elements … Barbados has fully satisfied seven and is in the process of addressing the others. These elements addressed are the Civil Aviation System and increasing the required number of personnel to adequately staff the Civil Aviation Department,” he said on Tuesday evening.“In this regard the Government is working with the International Civil Aviation Organisation on a strategic study to inform on the structure, staffing and organisation of the entity to administer and direct civil aviation in Barbados.” Hutson said the exercise “is expected to begin by the end of April and is expected to be completed by the end of May”.“Following the recommendations from the ICAO, the necessary actions can be taken to satisfy the two outstanding requirements,” he stated.Caribbean 360 News Share LifestyleNewsTravel REDjet can’t fly to the US just yet says federal authorities by: – April 14, 2011 read more
Winning the 2005-06 National Championship solidified UW’s position as one of the premiere women’s hockey programs in the country. However, in order to remain at this elite status, it is essential that head coach Mark Johnson bring in top recruits year after year. Needless to say, this year’s freshman class is ready for a challenge that is arguably the toughest thing to do in all sports: defend the national title.There are six freshmen on Johnson’s squad this year, all of whom are anxious and ready to contribute to the nation’s top-ranked team. Despite being newcomers, all six feel extremely comfortable in their new settings, due largely in part to great veteran leadership.”The team is like one big family,” said forward Meghan Duggan, of Danvers, Mass. The upperclassmen have been very hospitable toward the six rookies, which has made their transitions as easy as possible. “When we have team functions, [the upperclassmen] make sure everyone is invited,” said goaltender Alannah McCready, of Blaine, Minn., who plans to major in legal studies. This camaraderie has made each of them optimistic about their success as a team during the current season.Despite their youth and inexperience, Johnson expects the rookies to contribute early and often for the Badgers and has high hopes for them to be serious factors as the season progresses. “I’m anxious for January and February,” Johnson said, referring to how the players will continue to improve and learn.Each freshman said that the biggest difference between high school and college hockey is the pace of the game. But forward Kyla Sanders (Parrish, Fla.) didn’t have too much trouble with that, as she tallied her first career goal in her first collegiate game. “I was shocked, but it was a great feeling,” said Sanders of her goal. “[Kyla is] sneaky, fast and has a good feel for the game,” noted Johnson about the Floridian, who knows she’s in trouble come winter. “I hate the cold,” she said jokingly.Sanders was not the only freshman to light the lamp last weekend. Duggan and Jasmine Giles (Ottawa, Ontario) also each notched their first goals of their young careers.Defender Ally Strickler of St. Louis Park, Minn., found it easy to fit in, as she has become reunited with high school teammate Angie Keseley. Strickler, who is studying psychology and religious studies, hopes to keep up academically and improve as much as possible on the ice.Forward Emily Kranz of Waukesha, is the only freshman from Wisconsin. It’s been her dream to play at UW since she was little, and now she’s living the dream. Her goal is to one day be a national champion like so many of her current teammates. While all of the first-year players are extremely excited to be wearing red and white this season, Kranz is especially eager for this weekend’s match-up against St. Cloud State, where her sister is the assistant coach. McCready can’t wait to square off against Bemidji State, where six of her friends from high school play. However, all the Badgers, freshmen included, have Oct. 21 circled on their calendars, when the Minnesota Golden Gophers come to town. “That’s a big time rivalry,” said Duggan, who can’t wait to become part of it. All six freshmen are aware of the pressure that rests on their shoulders as the future of this esteemed program. Nonetheless, they are ready and willing to take on these challenges so that one day they too can hoist the National Championship trophy. read more
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season FOR OPENERSRyu said he never gave any thought to being the Opening Day starter until Roberts called him into his office to give him the news Friday morning.“It’s definitely special,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “It’s my first opportunity to start on Opening Day here in the States, so I’ll make sure to capitalize on the opportunity.”Ryu did start the Dodgers’ home opener in 2014 (after they opened the season in Australia then played in San Diego) and “four or five” openers in Korea. There is one distinct difference in Opening Days in L.A., Ryu said.“It’s pretty similar (in Korea),” he said. “Except for the flyover we have at Dodger Stadium.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies GLENDALE, Ariz. — Often during Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ daily discussions with the media, he will add a caveat to the end of an answer – “things change,” he would say.Things have changed.Left-hander Rich Hill will open the season on the injured list with a Grade 1 strain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Hill had been in line to start Opening Day. Now, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will draw that assignment Thursday and become the first pitcher other than Clayton Kershaw to start for the Dodgers on Opening Day since 2010.With Hill and Kershaw on the injured list to start the season, Ross Stripling and Julio Urias will open the season in the starting rotation. Both had been targeted for bullpen roles when the Dodgers arrived in Arizona 5½ weeks ago. “We felt really good about our depth coming into camp. We weren’t anxious to showcase it this early,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “But we still really like the five guys we have.”The two they don’t have – Kershaw and Hill – should not be out for long, Friedman said. Hill spoke of his injury as a two-week situation.“It’s still fully attached. Everything’s good,” Hill said of his MCL. “But you don’t want to sit there and, OK, let’s push the envelope and try to be ready to pitch on Opening Day and have something terrible happen for the entire season. That would obviously be much more damaging than just letting it recover.“I think that’s something that’s the smart thing to do – as much as two weeks seems an eternity. … Might miss a start or two, but it’s not going to derail your season.”Hill said he felt a “pull” in his left knee when he dropped down to make a sidearm pitch in his start Sunday. He came out of the game a few pitches later and tested the knee again in a bullpen session early this week. The feeling returned and he underwent an MRI, which showed the strain but no structural damage. “Rich is something that we expect to be short term,” Friedman said. “In his mind, he’s ready to go tomorrow. But we’re going to take a little time and make sure that we get it under control and put him in the best position to hit the ground running from that point.”Friedman is also optimistic about Kershaw’s progress after watching the left-hander throw another bullpen session Friday. Kershaw is scheduled to throw two simulated innings before Monday’s Freeway Series game in Anaheim.“Kersh is coming along well. Every checkpoint we’ve had so far, he has dominated,” Friedman said. “So he’s in that progression to come back. We will continue him on that and as soon as he’s ready, obviously he’ll be active.“It’s something with both guys we think is going to be relatively short term.”Urias’ move into the rotation is also temporary. The Dodgers plan to cap his innings this season – his first full season since returning from 2017 shoulder surgery. They won’t discuss a specific number, but they hoped to slow his workload by pitching him in a long relief role to start the season.Friedman indicated Urias will move out of the rotation as soon as Hill or Kershaw is ready to return. The young left-hander has been one of the most impressive pitchers in camp all spring. He retired 29 of the first 33 batters he faced in Cactus League action before running into some trouble against the Chicago Cubs earlier this week.“The thing we know with Julio is we can’t run him out there every fifth day for the entire season and hopefully October,” Friedman said of Urias, who pitched a total of 22 innings after returning from a 13-month recovery last season. “So we know it will be a bit tricky on the player development front with Julio. But we’re looking to put him in the best position for next year to take on a more full workload while also impacting us in 2019.”With all the changes, the Dodgers will open the season with a rotation of Ryu, Stripling, Kenta Maeda and Walker Buehler against the Diamondbacks, with Urias scheduled to start the first game against the San Francisco Giants.BACK TALKJoc Pederson did not play Friday after experiencing lower back tightness and leaving Thursday’s game early. Pederson headed home and won’t play in Saturday’s Cactus League finale either.Roberts called the days off “precautionary” and said he expects Pederson to play all three Freeway Series games.ROSTER REPERCUSSIONSWith Hill and Kershaw headed for the injured list to start the season, Urias moved into the rotation and Brad Miller exercising his opt-out clause to become a free agent, the Dodgers’ roster has come into focus.Roberts confirmed Friday that outfielder Alex Verdugo will indeed be on the season-opening roster. Left-hander Caleb Ferguson (a 9.39 spring ERA) and right-handers Yimi Garcia and Dylan Floro will be in the bullpen to start the season.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more