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
Oceana has lauched a two-month expedition in the North Sea to survey important areas of marine life in the waters of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom, on board the vessel Neptune. The organisation’s second research project in the North Sea is funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery and will build on Oceana’s initial surveys of the region in 2016. Oceana’s scientists will this year document species and habitats in 16 areas of interest, revisiting previously studied sites, where more detailed information is needed, and explore new places that may need protection.During last year’s North Sea quest, Oceana documented high diversity in many of the areas that were characterised by sensitive habitats. Some of them harbour rare and threatened species and communities, while others may play an important role in supporting the recovery of commercial fish stocks, by serving as areas where fish feed, reproduce, or grow.“Even in a relatively well-studied region like the North Sea, there are many places where little is known about the life that lies on the sea floor. The information gathered during our expedition will help to fill this gap, identifying priority areas where protection – or stronger protection – is needed, either to conserve biodiversity or to support fish stock recovery,” explained Ricardo Aguilar, director of Research and Expeditions at Oceana in Europe. “Our focus on areas of ‘Essential Fish Habitat’ comes at a key moment for fisheries management in the region, given that members of the European Parliament will vote in a few weeks on the North Sea multi-annual management plan for demersal stocks (e.g., cod, haddock and sole), which has the potential to make the protection of these areas a clear priority.”The expedition team will gather data from depths of up to 600 metres, with the help of Oceana’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV), which can capture high-definition photos and videos of sea life. Additional information will be collected by professional SCUBA divers, through seabed sampling, and with the use of a multibeam echosounder. Together, these tools will allow detailed mapping, identification and documentation of marine communities living on the ocean floor.The findings will form the basis of proposals to improve marine protection, either through the creation of new MPAs, the enlargement of existing MPAs, or by introducing stronger management measures, ensuring effective protection of vulnerable species and habitats within MPAs. Survey areas were selected in consultation with government agencies, scientists and NGOs in the five nations being studied; all the gathered data will be shared freely with them in order to support broader efforts to preserve the North Sea. During the expedition, Oceana will collaborate with the Dutch organisation North Sea Foundation as its main partner.
United are guaranteed to end the campaign with their worst points total in the Premier League era, and that does not sit easy with their former left-back. “It’s been difficult watching other teams above us do well and to even look at a league table,” the United coach told the BBC’s Football Focus. “I find it difficult to watch Match of the Day on Saturday night; I find it almost impossible because we’ve suffered this season.” Neville, who played under Moyes for eight years at Everton, insists everyone at the club is hurting because of their current predicament. “We have failed on the football pitch and that doesn’t sit kindly with anyone,” Neville said ahead of United’s trip to Everton on Sunday. “We are not hiding away from the fact that we have under performed. “We have not fulfilled any levels of expectations this season.” Neville, one of the famous ‘Class of ’92’, admits United cannot afford to have another poor season when they return after the summer break. “We cannot allow what’s happened this season to happen next season,” he said. “We are working every hour that God sends to make sure that next season is better.” Phil Neville admits Manchester United have been so bad this year that he cannot bring himself to look at the Premier League table. Neville won the league six times in 10 years at United, but the former England defender has experienced nothing like that success since he returned to Old Trafford to become David Moyes’ first-team coach last summer. United are seventh in the table, some 20 points behind bitter rivals Liverpool with just five matches left. Press Association