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.
Miles Stratford – Director, MethSolutions19 May 2018The recent furore around the health education programme Massey High School has chosen to focus on, albeit with a targeted group of students, highlights the inadequacy of drug education in schools.Children need to be educated around making smart choices in life. This should include drugs and drug use. It should also include making it very clear that just because your parents choose to pick up the pipe, it does not make the act OK and socially acceptable.For years now, the work MethSolutions does has highlighted the reality that the problems we have with meth in this country are far greater than those suggested by the official statistics. Our statistics show, that in some communities, more than 50% of houses have meth residues present.This statistic is a clear indicator that, in those communities, meth is an accepted part of life for a great many people. We have not been thanked for it. Indeed, we have received significant criticism from groups like the NZ Drug Foundation, who have historically chosen to hide behind the official statistics that have suggested that meth in this country is not that much of a problem.Through its work and media commentary, the New Zealand Drug Foundation has made it very clear that while the headline purpose is reducing drug related harm, their principal focus is to advocate on behalf of people who choose to use.There is a place for educating those people who have chosen to use how to reduce the harm they cause. Only by hiding under a rock would you have missed the fact that people will choose to use. However, that does not mean that as a society we should be accepting of this behaviour.For years the NZ Drug Foundation has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funding. During this time, the problems with drug use have increased. Whatever they are doing isn’t working when it comes to reducing the numbers of people who are choosing to use. Harm is therefore increasing, and they are failing in their stated purpose.An organisation like the NZ Drug Foundation that is accepting of drug use cannot credibly be expected to provide the education that is designed to encourage people to choose NOT to use. It is entirely incongruent for the same party to say in one breath that you really shouldn’t use and in the next tell people how to use in a way that reduces harm.The links between mental health and drugs are well known, if not as clearly understood as they should be. The terms of reference for the Government’s Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry specifically require a focus on prevention of mental health and addiction challenges. It is to be hoped that one outcome of the inquiry is the development of an integrated education programme that encourages young people to make smart choices in life and in particular around drugs.If this existed, far less people will succumb to the temptation that means they need to pick up a leaflet that tells them how to use drugs more safely. Holding up such a leaflet as an example of the great work that is being done to reduce harm, sends a clear message that our expectation is that people will use and that doing so is okay.There are many good reasons why methamphetamine is a Class A drug and there are many good reasons why we should have higher expectations of people!Miles Stratford is a father and husband whose concern about the influence methamphetamine has on our communities led him and his wife to set up MethSolutions in 2012. By helping property owners understand and actively manage the risk presented by people who use and make meth, it is less likely that their assets will be compromised. And by making an illegal activity ‘visible’, it is to be hoped that some people will choose not to use. Miles is actively involved in initiatives that aim to minimise the impact meth has on our communities. This include the Auckland Regional Meth Working Group (ARMWG). ARMWG is an Auckland Council initiative established in 2011 and Miles is a founding member. Miles believes that if more decent people choose to focus on the challenges meth presents to society, less harm will arise, because less people will choose to become involved. read more
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