Governor Wolf Announces First Quality Tissue to Expand Creating 184 New Jobs in Clinton County

first_imgGovernor 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 Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gov. Pence Will Complete Term

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Governor Mike Pence says he will complete his term as Indiana Governor before heading to Washington to become vice president.Pence’s term expires 11 days before he’s sworn in as Donald Trump’s vice president, but there had been speculation that job might call him away earlier, especially since Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb will succeed him either way.Pence says he’ll be traveling to New York and Washington a lot, but says he will not resign early.Pence says he plans to “finish strong,” and leave a strong fiscal foundation for Holcomb to build on.Pence and Holcomb met briefly with reporters after a closed-door Cabinet meeting.The Vice President-Elect borrowed Holcomb’s slogan in praising him as a governor with the vision to take Indiana to the next level.last_img read more

Ryan says NHL is vitally important

first_imgAlthough some inter-county bosses don’t take the competition that seriously the Tipp supremo thinks there’s a lot to be gained by doing so.The Premier County open their campaign against Dublin at Semple Stadium on February 13th but will play two more prepatory games before that fixture.Michael says the players will gain a lot if they do well in the NHL.last_img

“Ready, Set, Bloom!” – It is Tulip Time in Belle Plaine

first_imgSumner Newscow report — “Ready, Set, Bloom!” is the theme for the annual Tulip Time Festival celebration held at Belle Plain this weekend starting Thursday night with opening of the carnival and ended Sunday afternoon.The annual Tulip Time Festival has been held each Spring since 1986.  Each year Belle Plaine welcomes thousands of visitors to this two day event.  With a multitude of activities for every age including arboretum tours, athletic competitions, a parade, arts and crafts, fun food, and a variety of on-stage entertainment, it’s no wonder this event attracts visitors from a wide area of the central United States.The schedule for this year’s events are as follows: Thursday, April 106:00 pm WEEE Entertainment Carnival opens,                    4th & Merchant                                                             Pay One Price Session from 7 pm-11 pmFriday       April 11th5:30 pm Check-In for Inside Vendors                                      Elementary Gym6:00 pm WEEE Entertainment Carnival opens,                    4th & Merchant                                                              Pay One Price Session from 7 pm-11 pm8:00 pm  Street Dance       Hosted by DJ Gabe Stewart        Downtown StageSaturday  April 12th6:00 am    Check in for Vendor’s Fair                                           5th & Main7:00 am     Masons Pancake Feed                                                 421 N Merchant9:00 am    Pet Show  & Contest                                                   by Downtown Stage                   Outside Vendor’s Fair Opens                                       5th & Merchant                   Inside Vendor’s Fair Opens                                    Elem Gym 6th & Merchant                   Food Court Opens                                                          5th & Merchant                   Car Show Check-In                                                        6th & Merchant                   Chamber Information & Retail Sales Booth             5th & Merchant                   Lions Club Health Screening Van                               5th & Merchant9:30 am    Flag Presentation               Boy Scout Troop #361                   BPES 4th Grade Sing Team                                          Downtown Stage                   OPENING CEREMONIES                   Welcome / Presentations        by Julie Gooch, Chamber President                   Quality Citizen of the Year                   Parade Grand Marshall                   Button Design Winner (Bithia Heath)                   T-Shirt Design Winner (Tori Fox)                    Print Design Winner   (Hunter Good)                   2014 Print to BP Library  9:45 am   Library Doors will be locked for Photo Show Judging.  Doors will reopen when Judging is complete10:00 am  BARTLETT ARBORETUM Opens                             4th & Line                   Car Show                                                                         6th & Merchant                   Fun Cycles                                                                       6th & Merchant                   Tupperware Demonstration – Deb Shirkey              Elementary Gym10:15 am  Presentation of Pet Show Winners                             Downtown Stage10:30 am  Duke & Duchess Winners                                            Downtown Stage11:00 am   The Remnants                                                               Downtown Stage                    Check-In & Line-Up for Parade                                10th & Main                    Tastefully Simple Demo – Barbara King                  Elementary Gym                     TT Transportation (11 – 5 pm) Arboretum, Downtown, Parking Areas 11:30 am  Parade Floats Judging                                                 10th & Main                    Decorated Bicycle Contest                                          10th & Lincoln12:00 pm   2014 TULIP TIME PARADE                    WEEE Entertainment Carnival opens (12 – 11pm) 4th and Merchant  1:00 pm   Diversity                                                                         Downtown Stage                     Car Show entry booth closes                                     6th & Merchant                     Pampered Chef – Chelsea Moore                              Elementary Gym  2:00 pm   Southwind Ramblers                                                  Downtown Stage                    Car Show People’s Choice Ballots Due                     6th & Merchant  3:00 pm   Main Street Honky Tonk                                           Downtown Stage                     Tastefully Simple Demo – Barbara King                 Elementary Gym                     Photography Best of Show judging ends                222 W 5th   3:30 pm  Car Show Awards                                                        6th & Merchant  3:45 pm   Musical performances of local artists                      Downtown Stage  4:00 pm   Check in for River Valley Rally                                 4th & Main                     Pampered Chef  Demo- Chelsea Moore                  Elementary Gym  4:30 pm   Last Great Summer                                                     Downtown Stage  5:00 pm   River Valley Rally Begins                                           4th & Main  5:45 pm   River Valley Rally Trophy Presentation                  Downtown Stage  6:00 pm   Talent Show                                                                  Downtown Stage  7:30 pm   Movie Under the Stars                                                6th  & MerchantSunday     April 13th  7:00 am   Masons Pancake Feed (7am-2pm)                           421 N Merchant  9:00am    Photography Best of Show Awarded                        222 W 5th10:00 am   Outside Vendor’s Fair (10am – 5pm)                       5th & Merchant                     Inside Vendor’s Fair (10am – 5pm)                         6th & Merchant                     Food Court open                                                          5th & Merchant11:00 am    TT Transportation (11 – 5 pm) Arboretum, Downtown, Parking Areas12:00 pm   Performances by the 2014 Talent Show Winners     Downtown Stage                     WEEE Entertainment Carnival opens                  4th & Merchant                                                                Pay One Price Session from 12 pm-4 pm                     Fun Cycles (12pm – 5pm)                                           6th & Merchant  1:00 pm    KIDS FEST (in front of Elementary School)          6th & Merchant                     Andy Newberry & the Electro-Bluesy-Grass Band   Downtown Stage                      Carnival POP Wristband Session (12pm – 4pm)     4th & Merchant                      Tastefully Simple Demo – Kim Benson                   Elementary Gym  1:30 pm    Jigsaw Puzzle Contest (1:30pm – 3:30pm)              Elementary Cafeteria  2:00 pm    Justify of Prairie Trail Cowboy Church                   Downtown Stage  3:00 pm    Jazz For Jesus                                                               Downtown Stage                   Tastefully Simple Demo – Kim Benson                   Elementary Gym                   Photography Entries can be picked up (3-5pm) 222 W 5th                                                                               Or during regular Library Hours the following week.  M 5-8pm, Tu 2-5pm, W-Fr 9am-Noon & 1-5pm, Sat 9am – Noon.  4:00 pm    BP Community Worship Service                               Downtown Stage           Church of Christ, First Baptist Church, United Methodist Church  5:00 pm    Community Organization Prize Winners                 Downtown StageFollow us on Twitter. 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