Governor Wolf Announces First Quality Tissue to Expand Creating 184 New Jobs in Clinton County January 06, 2017 Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that First Quality Tissue, LLC a manufacturer of ultra-premium towel and tissue products, will expand its operations in Lock Haven, a move that will create 184 new jobs.“This was a highly competitive project, as First Quality has other operations outside of the Commonwealth. Even so, Pennsylvania’s dedicated workforce and prime location continue to be highly valued assets to both new and existing companies and helped lock in First Quality’s decision to expand here,” said Governor Wolf. “As Clinton County’s largest employer, I am pleased that it is furthering its presence in Pennsylvania. The creation of 184 new, full-time jobs will have a significant impact on the county and beyond.”First Quality Enterprises will expand operations at First Quality Tissue by constructing a new plant near its existing facility at 904 Woods Avenue, and purchase machinery and equipment to accommodate a new tissue line. First Quality Enterprises has agreed to make a significant investment at the site along with a commitment to create 184 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and retain more than more than 3,000 employees statewide. Project completion and start-up of the new facility is anticipated for the first half of 2019.First Quality Enterprises received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $1 million Pennsylvania First program grant and $250,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. First Quality has also been encouraged to apply for a $2 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).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 Clinton County Partnership.“First Quality has been a staple in our community for many years and this expansion positively enhances their impact on many working families,” said state Rep. Michael Hanna. “I am honored to have been a part of securing state funding for this expansion project, as it is guaranteed to boost economic growth in Clinton County.”“We are very pleased that First Quality is again expanding in our greater community. We sincerely appreciate the company’s latest investment and providing new employment opportunities for our area,” said Mike Flanagan, president, Clinton County Economic Partnership. “First Quality is a first class operation. We would also like to thank DCED and Governor Wolf for providing a state financial package to assist in the company’s growth. The state has always been a great partner to work with on various projects throughout the years.”First Quality Tissue is a member of the privately held First Quality family of companies a diversified group that manufacture a variety of adult, infant, and feminine care products, consumer paper products, bottled water, and engineered non-woven goods. The company serves the retail, institutional, and commercial channels throughout the world.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Voters approved the legal the production, sale and use of marijuana for Alaskans over 21 years old in the November election. (Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Pot was the main topic of conversation during Monday’s meeting of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, as it considered an ordinance to establish regulations for a commercial marijuana industry.There was public comment for and against allowing commercial marijuana within the borough. Those speaking against it expressed concern about the dangers associated with marijuana, such as impaired driving. Terrance Robbins of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition also cited studies that he says show the damage caused by high-potency marijuana.“They were able to measure people who either don’t use marijuana or haven’t used marijuana recently, compared that to people who use very lightly and don’t use high-potency marijuana, and people who use high-potency marijuana, and it was significant the amount of brain damage these people were having,” he said.Robbins says stores he’s visited in other states where pot is legal sell mainly high-potency pot. Robbins has advocated for a ban on retail marijuana in Ketchikan. Short of that, he asked for more stringent regulations and a public process for any proposed store.Eric Muench spoke in favor of allowing commercial pot in Ketchikan. He says the borough shouldn’t adopt regulations that make it impossible for a retail establishment to open.“The will of our local voters must be kept uppermost,” he said. “Some who originally opposed legalization are now trying to regulate it right back into its previous underground status, which will surely be the result of unnecessarily stringent and impossible to enforce rules.”Assembly members acknowledged the concerns of people who oppose commercial establishments, but most said it’s better to have it regulated.“Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol and I don’t think it’s working for marijuana, either,” said Assembly Member Bill Rotecki. “I would rather see things aboveground, so we know what’s going on.”The Assembly voted unanimously to introduce the ordinance. It will come back for a second reading at the next Assembly meeting. If adopted, the ordinance will establish zones for different kinds of marijuana businesses, and buffers around schools, residential neighborhoods and other areas. Marijuana businesses would be restricted within those buffers.Also Monday, the Borough Assembly introduced two related ordinances. The first establishes a local review process for state-issued marijuana license applications; the second includes regulations for any marijuana business that might open within the borough. Among those regulations is a provision that bans marijuana businesses on submerged lands or floating vessels.Speaking of bans, last week, the Ketchikan City Council voted to ban all commercial marijuana operations within city limits. There was criticism from the public about the Council’s vote, because the item on the agenda had been listed as a discussion item rather than an action item, and the vote likely will be reconsidered.Even without reconsideration, however, Borough Planning Director Chris French says the City Council’s action wouldn’t be final until it considered an ordinance and held a public hearing.Also Monday, the Assembly voted 5-2 in favor of a resolution that states the borough will not annex any areas without a request from residents or property owners within that area. The motion is meant to reassure Prince of Wales Island residents that the borough does not intend to annex that island. Assembly Members Glen Thompson and Alan Bailey voted no.The Assembly also voted 4-3 to narrowly approve the borough’s agreement with the City of Ketchikan to provide about $390,000 for the city-run public library. Assembly Members Mike Painter, John Harrington and Thompson voted no.Check out the borough planning department online for maps of the buffer zones and more details about state and local regulations for commercial pot.