Governor Wolf Announces 50 New Manufacturing Jobs Coming to Luzerne County Through New Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc. Location SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 12, 2017 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc., a manufacturer of state-of-the-art delivery equipment, will establish a new site in Salem Township, Luzerne County and will create 50 new manufacturing jobs over the next three years.“When companies choose Pennsylvania as the best place to expand, it shows the strength of our manufacturing climate,” said Governor Wolf. “This administration holds manufacturing as a top priority, so to see a company like Mickey Truck Bodies come here to set up shop and create 50 new jobs, we know that our manufacturing initiatives are working as they should.”Mickey Truck Bodies will purchase two existing buildings totaling 158,000 square feet in Salem Township, Luzerne County and will establish a manufacturing operation to serve its Northeastern U.S. market. The company currently manufacturers at a single location in High Point, NC. This new location will enable the company to reduce transportation costs of finished goods. The company has committed to the creation of 50 new, full-time jobs and will invest at least $7 million in the project.“The Northeastern U.S. represents a tremendous growth opportunity for Mickey Truck Bodies, and having modern manufacturing capabilities in the state of Pennsylvania will enable us to service this growth efficiently,” said Dean Sink, Mickey president and CEO. “Everyone at the state and local levels involved with this expansion has been very helpful and welcoming. We’re looking forward to becoming a positive part of the community.”Mickey Truck Bodies received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $50,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $50,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued after the new jobs are created. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $2 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.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 Berwick Industrial Development Association (BIDA).“BIDA is pleased to welcome Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc. as the newest member of the Greater Berwick Area’s industrial community,” said Stephen Phillips, executive director of BIDA. “This long established, family-owned business will be a welcome addition to this locale’s other job generators. Numerous other service providers assisted BIDA in its recruitment effort, and appreciation is given to all those participants.”Mickey Truck Bodies has been privately owned and operated by the Mickey family since 1904. Today, Mickey manufactures high quality all-aluminum truck bodies and trailers for several industries, including beverage, automotive battery, propane tanks, moving, emergency services, and oil and gas. The Mickey team numbers over 400 across its five U.S. locations.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.
February 27, 2018 College Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in East Stroudsburg for Cabinet in Your Community Event Press Release East Stroudsburg, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by almost 200 attendees including community members and college students for a Cabinet in Your Community event at East Stroudsburg University. This was the eighth in a series of town-hall style events held across the state in which members of the community talk with cabinet secretaries and discuss issues important to the region.“I am excited that so many members of the community came out to hear from and ask questions of our cabinet officials today,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “By continuing to host these events, my administration is able to have valuable dialogue across the commonwealth and community members have an opportunity to feel connected to Harrisburg regardless of where they live.”This event featured Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, and Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper. The department heads provided updates on regional projects and accomplishments and answered questions from the audience.The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for March 7, at the Keystone Theater in Towanda with the cabinet secretaries from the departments of Agriculture, Aging, Banking and Securities, Community and Economic Development, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter read more
“Documentary film, for a long time, had at least one important strand or trend within it — trying to draw public attention to some kind of injustice,” Renov said. Some criminal justice reform has occurred over the years. In 2007, 175,000 juveniles were tried as adults and, in 2014, that number dropped to just over 90,000, according to a 2017 report by the Campaign for Youth Justice. In 2018, Tennessee established the Juvenile Justice Reform Act aimed at increasing outreach to youth and reserving detention for those who committed serious crimes. Brown, an alleged victim of child sex trafficking and prostitution, was arrested for murder in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison in 2006, after killing a man who she claimed paid her for sex. After hearing about her story, Birman, along with a team of students and other community members, began to work on a project documenting Brown’s life and the enslavement to a pimp referred to as “Kut Throat.” “We caused people on platforms, young, old … to take a look at an issue with their own lens and talk about it,” Birman said. “It really gives me great hope that the form of documentary can really make a difference.” Although she was only 16 during the incident, Brown was tried as an adult and sentenced to 60 years in prison. As of now, she has served 15 years. Following her release from prison in August, she will undergo 10 years of parole supervision. Megan Chao, an adjunct professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, worked as an associate producer and researcher for the documentary. She said that when she heard that Brown had been granted clemency, it hit her on a personal level. But movements like #FreeCyntoiaBrown exploded on social media, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and LeBron James voicing their support. Organizations such as Color of Change, The Sentencing Project and the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth joined efforts to support her appeal. “One of the pillars our organization believes in is youth justice,” said Clarise McCants, criminal justice campaign director for Color for Change. “Children need to be treated like children. No child should be sentenced to serve the rest of their life in prison. Everything she’s been put through is a miscarriage of justice.” “For the first six years while I was working on the project, my fear was that we might not make a big impact, and we might not make noise, and that was a scary thought,” Birman said. Cyntoia Brown, the subject of Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Professor Dan Birman’s documentary, was granted clemency on Jan. 7. The decision by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam comes nearly eight years after the release of “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.” He said he believes that documentaries have the ability to humanize large issues, like the Brown case, in a way other mediums may not be able. Renov also said good films can shape an audience’s perception and can potentially change lives. “It was just very emotional to think that someone would have a second chance at life that wasn’t even a possibility 15 years ago,” Chao said. “I think this is a historic time for Cyntoia [and] for juvenile justice in general.” Professor Dan Birman is currently making the sequel to his 2011 documentary on Cyntoia Brown, which will follow the events leading up to her release from prison in August. (Sinead Chang/Daily Trojan) “Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Haslam said in a statement released by the governor’s office on Jan. 7. “Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life. Transformation should be accompanied by hope.” Brown’s story also received support from Black Lives Matter organizers, who cited systemic criminal justice discrimination of black and brown people in statements voicing their support. According to a 2018 report from The Sentencing Project, black girls are 3.5 times more likely to be placed in juvenile detention. “Art has the power to transform,” Renov said. “It can make the familiar entirely unfamiliar and, in making it strange, it can show us [something] in a very different way. It can change the way we perceive ourselves in the world.” The documentary ignited a national conversation and sparked a movement of people across the country who have called for her release, much to Birman’s surprise. “It is so important to pay attention to the thousands of Cyntoia Browns out there,” Birman said. “We just hope that the conversation that we started with the first documentary and that we will continue with the new documentary, will really help to illuminate new narratives in juvenile justice.” During her time in prison, Brown obtained her GED and a degree from Lipscomb University and mentored troubled youth, according to reports by Vox and NPR. In his decision to release Brown from prison, Haslam cited Brown’s educational progress and outreach behind bars. Michael Renov, documentary expert and vice dean of academic affairs at the School of Cinematic Arts, said that Birman’s documentary is one of many to have influenced social movements. Chao and Birman are currently working on a sequel to the documentary entitled “Me Facing Life 2: Cyntoia’s Fight for Freedom.” The documentary will be a follow-up on Brown’s life, covering recent events all the way up to her release this summer. Birman said that it was a “sobering thought” to see his film have such an impact. The second documentary is expected to be released this fall. read more