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.
67C Rutledge St, Coolangatta.FEELING the heat?The humble backyard pool has undergone somewhat of a transformation with many pool areas becoming the entertainment hub of the property.Many now sit alongside outdoor kitchens, barbecues, Bali huts and gazebos with indoor-outdoor living soaring in popularity on the Coast.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said pools added value to a property.“It does add value because if you install one it costs $25,000 plus and in some cases it’s very difficult to put a pool in after the fact.”We’ve found five homes for all budgets that have just hit the market with pools.Check them out below. FIVE GOLD COAST HOMES WITH POOLS THAT HAVE JUST HIT THE MARKET 21 Macleay Circuit, Upper Coomera.21 Macleay Circuit, Upper Coomera$749000Described as an ultra-modern home, this Upper Coomera property is on a large 2000sq m block.The outdoor alfresco area has a built in barbecue and bar fridge while the pool has its own feature wall and waterfall. 19 Tranquility Circuit, Helensvale.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago19 Tranquility Circuit, HelensvaleExpressions of InterestLocated in sought-after oyster Cove, this five-bedroom home is on a 922sq m block,It has a huge pool and garden as well as a pontoon. 107 K P McGrath Drive, Elanora.107 K P McGrath Drive, Elanora Forthcoming auctionThis four-bedroom Elanora property has been designed for entertaining.It features an array of areas perfectly catered for family gatherings and events. 12 Larne Ave, Sorrento.12 Larne Ave, SorrentoExpressions of interestThis property features a massive undercover area with outdoor kitchen overlooking water.It offers contemporary finishes throughout with five bedrooms, a four-car garage and resort-style pool. 96 Cabana Blvd, Benowa Waters.96 Cabana Boulevard Benowa WatersOffers above $1,649,000Hand-crafted timber doors, a crystal chandelier and stone features combine to create a masterpiece in Benowa Waters.Located on a 974sq m waterfront block, the property includes a pool, spa and timber jetty. read more
USC held a Veterans Appreciation Day kickoff on Tuesday in front of Tommy Trojan to commemorate the men and women who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces.Remember the sacrifice · Michael Donley, 22nd secretary of the United States Air Force and a USC alumnus, speaks on campus Tuesday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe kickoff featured guest speaker and USC alumnus Michael Donley, the 22nd secretary of the United States Air Force; Michael Johnson, president of the USC Veterans Association; and Mark Todd, associate provost for academic affairs. The event was co-sponsored by the USC Veterans Association, Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost.The event also included a yellow ribbon distribution, an information table from the USC Veterans Association, a flag signing hosted by the USC Helenes and a tasting of “meals ready to eat,” a form of individual food rations served in the military. The kickoff began with a live performance by the Trojan Marching Band and a brief speech by Johnson, who spoke about Veterans Day’s origins.“Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, and its intent was to celebrate the end of the hostilities experienced in World War I,” Johnson said. “But throughout the years, our country’s military was called to fight and serve on many more foreign soils across the globe and thus, a new title for Armistice Day was formed.”Todd then discussed USC’s relationship and longstanding history with the U.S. Armed Forces and the programs created to aid active military personnel. Todd discussed various programs such as the Yellow Ribbon awards and the two flagship degree programs, which includes the Master of Military Social Work, a subconcentration within the Master of Social Work and the Master of Business for Veterans. Both translate skills learned in the military into the social work and business environments.“USC has a long and proud history with the military dating back to World War I, where we served as a training school for army officers. In 1940, we formed our relationship with ROTC, bringing in the Navy, and today we have almost 900 veterans, benefits and eligible students at this university,” Todd said.Todd concluded his brief address by introducing Donley. Donley, who served with high ranks in both the National Security Council and the Senate Armed Services Committee, began his higher education at USC where he earned both his bachelors and master’s degrees in international relations. His studies in Southern California began after he spent three years serving in the U.S. Army with the XVIIIth Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Donley began his speech by reflecting upon what he described as the life-changing effect the army had on him.“My experience in the army, as it was for many of you who have served in the army, was life changing,” Donley said. “Through military service I came to appreciate the full range of individual tasks and teamwork required to accomplish a collective mission.”He also mentioned that his fellow service members formed a diverse group.“The military exposed us to a broad cross section of young Americans from all walks of life, and through the challenges and hardships of working in close quarters, learning inherently dangerous skills, occasionally fighting weather in the field or on deployments and often fighting the fog of military bureaucracy, we formed strong personal bonds in our units,” he said. “Most importantly, I quickly learned at the lowest level that the military is a team sport and everyone must play together to have a successful mission.Donley further discussed how the politics of the Middle East, specifically during the time in which his unit was on alert for potential deployment during the October 1973 war between Egypt and Israel and, later, the 1974 Cyprus conflict between Greece and Turkey, sparked his desire to understand the nature of these conflicts.Donley and Todd reiterated the importance of taking Veterans Day to celebrate over 20 million veterans, 2.5 million of whom have served since the 9/11 attacks.Donley commented on the critical value of remembering the veterans from previous generations who established the concept of sacrifice for one’s country.“It is important, occasionally, to look back on our shoulders and remember that we were not the first to do this. We don’t have to go that far to touch and reflect on the long line of veterans who’ve generation after generation put their lives in harm’s way, as many of you have done in the defense of our country,” Donley said.Donley also commented on the consistent support the university has provided U.S. veterans. The university does so, according to Donley, by providing an optimal campus environment and creating a longstanding academic commitment to knowledge of military services.Donley concluded his speech by discussing the missions that America’s veterans aim to carry out.“Across the generations, wherever the fight, whatever the mission, the two-fold gift of America’s veterans has always been the same. That gift is to defend the nation and keep us safe from harm, and to provide the opportunity for those around you to fully partake in what Thomas Jefferson simply called, ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’” Donley said.Chris Fox, a first-year master’s student studying public administration and a seven-year veteran of the Air Force, said he was impressed with Donley’s service.“I think it was fantastic to come out here. In fact, I didn’t know [Donley] was coming here until today. It was a great surprise … [Donley] is an inspirational speaker and we have a lot of respect for his service,” Fox said. read more
But, Austin said, USC’s medical programs and three hospitals are focused on more than turning a profit. “No matter where you work at USC, it’s important for you to understand the growing importance our medical enterprise has on the future of our entire university,” Austin said. “Our medical enterprise now represents 55 percent of the University’s total operating revenue and has been the fastest growing segment of our income since 2011.” “I want you to leave here today with confidence that we’re able to make the necessary investments in the future because USC’s financial health remains very strong and stable,” Austin said. “Our faculty, staff and students all bring an incredible breadth of knowledge and experiences to our community,” Austin said. “If we’re not listening to all of those voices [and] including all of those perspectives, how can we possibly make the best decisions for the future of our university?” During her speech, Austin only vaguely referenced the news about two significant controversies that occurred Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, six gay and bisexual former students sued the University and a former campus men’s sexual health doctor for alleged sexual harassment, among other grievances. The Los Angeles Times also reported updates on USC’s $215 million class-action settlement involving the patients of former campus gynecologist George Tyndall on Tuesday. Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention Varun Soni said he appreciated that Austin mentioned some of his office’s work. This year, the University is taking a new, cross-campus approach to address student wellness with its Collective Impact plan, led by the Office of Health Promotion Strategy and Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry. “Over the past year, we’ve confronted some unexpected issues and costs,” Austin said. “And just yesterday, we found out we have some more unexpected issues that we’re going to have to address. Those issues are difficult, but we are making many important changes that will strengthen the University moving forward.” “We’ve been doing a lot of work across the University to think about how we create a culture where students, faculty and staff thrive,” Soni said. “To have [that work] highlighted as one of the University priorities makes me feel really good about the direction of the University.” USC is experiencing a defining moment, Interim President Wanda Austin said in her State of the University Address Wednesday afternoon at the Town and Gown ballroom. In her speech, Austin said she chose to talk about the topics she would want to understand if she were one of the faculty members in attendance, including updates on USC’s medical enterprises and the financial health of the University. Austin said USC is one of the first universities in the United States to create a wellness program that stretches across the entire institution. USC has already implemented training, retreats and assessments that nearly 4,000 people have participated in, Austin said. Among the changes Austin listed were a number of new committees and offices that were established under her interim administration, such as the Office of the Ombuds, the President’s Culture Commission and the Office of Professionalism and Ethics. “We do all the things you’d expect from a private hospital or medical center,” Austin said. “But, we have to be equally prepared to treat patients with a common cold, as well as those with the rarest medical challenges.” Interim President Wanda Austin delivered her annual State of the University address to faculty members Wednesday. The speech came a day after new sexual assault allegations were made against a former campus men’s sexual health doctor. (Krystal Gallegos/Daily Trojan) Austin also stressed the importance of USC’s various medical endeavors. She said more than 40 percent of the University faculty is employed by the Keck School of Medicine. Many of Keck’s buildings are located on the Health Sciences Campus, where Austin delivered a similar address earlier this week. Austin, who will be leaving her position at the end of the University’s presidential search, spoke briefly about what USC’s future holds. She said the success of the University depends on shared governance, in which every USC community member’s voice is heard. “At USC, we’re committed to making wellness a priority,” Austin said. “In the past, we’ve focused much of our efforts on supporting our students … we’re now expanding our efforts to faculty and staff.” read more