Governor Wolf Announces 51 New Jobs with Hearth & Home Technologies Expansion in Dauphin County

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Hearth & Home Technologies (HHT), a hearth products manufacturer, will expand its presence in Halifax, Dauphin County by consolidating an out-of-state stove manufacturing site into its site in Pennsylvania – a move that will create at least 51 new jobs over the next three years.“I’m excited to share the news that Hearth & Home Technologies – already a major employer in this rural area– will be expanding its Dauphin County operations and increasing the size of its current Pennsylvania workforce by around 25 percent,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania has a long manufacturing history and HTT already knows the advantages that our borders provide. I commend HHT on its continued commitment to the commonwealth and anticipate its continued success into the future.”In response to its excess domestic stove manufacturing capacity, HHT will consolidate its manufacturing operations from Colville, Washington into its Halifax, Pennsylvania facility. The company has committed to an investment of at least $3.45 million in the consolidation project. HHT has also committed to the creation of 51 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, and to the retention of its current Pennsylvania workforce of 200 employees. The company plans to initiate hiring of new employees in mid-to-late 2017.“We appreciate the support of the Dauphin County community and Governor Wolf in this transition,” said President of Hearth & Home Technologies, V.P. Berger. “We are confident that our terrific team in Halifax will take this opportunity to continue to deliver high-quality, on time, best cost products for our customers.”HHT received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that consists of a $300,000 Pennsylvania First program grant and $102,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $1.5 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.Hearth & Home Technologies is an operating division of HNI Corporation (HNI). HNI Corporation provides products and solutions for the home and workplace environments and is a leading global provider and designer of office furniture and the leading manufacturer and marketer of hearth products. HNI’s hearth products include a full array of gas, electric, wood, and biomass burning fireplaces, inserts, stoves, facings, and accessories.In 2016, 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 February 15, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 51 New Jobs with Hearth & Home Technologies Expansion in Dauphin Countycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Championship Weekend: One reason to watch every conference title game

first_imgMORE: OSU reminds it’s still CFP materialPac-12: Utah (9-3) vs. Washington (9-3)When: 8 p.m., FridayTV: FOXReason to watch: The Pac-12 will not have a Playoff team, but this a matchup between two sound teams with the Rose Bowl at stake. Washington won the regular-season meeting 21-7 on Sept. 15. It would be a statement for the Utes to win their first Pac-12 championship, but the same could be argued for the Huskies, whose three losses were by a combined 10 points.MAC: Northern Illinois (7-5) vs. Buffalo (10-2)When: 7 p.m. FridayTV: ESPN2Reason to watch: Lance Leipold has the Bulls in position to win their first MAC championship since 2008, and he is a coach primed to move up the ranks soon. Buffalo remains the established power around receiver Anthony Johnson. The Huskies, meanwhile, are back in the championship game for the seventh time in nine seasons despite losing their last two games.AAC: UCF (11-0) vs. Memphis (8-4)When: 3:30 p.m., SaturdayTV: ABCReason to watch: The Knights can complete a second straight unbeaten season, even if it’s without McKenzie Milton, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in last week’s victory against South Florida. Memphis has a high-flying offense led by running back Darrell Henderson, and this is a rematch of last year’s 62-55 shootout.MORE: When will Harbaugh show responsibility in OSU losses?MWC: Fresno State (10-2) vs. Boise State (10-2)When: 7:45 p.m., SaturdayTV: ESPNReason to watch: It’s the fourth time these teams have met the last two seasons, and a rematch of a matchup the Broncos won 24-17 in the regular season. Fresno State has a tough defense, and this is a chance for Marcus McMaryion and Brett Rypien to put on another show.Sun Belt: App State (9-2) vs. Louisiana (7-5)When: Noon, SaturdayTV: ESPNReason to watch: The Ragin’ Cajuns are in the inaugural Sun Belt championship game with first-year coach Billy Napier after winning their last three games. They’ll be up against the Mountaineers, who have a chance for an outright title after sharing first place the last two seasons.Big 12: Texas (9-3) vs. Oklahoma (11-1)When: Noon, SaturdayTV: ABCReason to watch: The Sooners get a chance to rectify a 48-45 loss to the Longhorns on Oct. 6, and this time the storied Big 12 rivals will meet at Jerry World. It’s a win-win for the conference. If Oklahoma wins, it will have a chance to make the Playoff. If Texas wins, then the Longhorns are officially “back.” We told you Tom Herman vs. Lincoln Riley would be fun.MORE: Highlights from Saturday’s gamesC-USA: UAB (9-3) vs. MTSU (8-4)When: 1:30 p.m., SaturdayTV: CBS Sports NetworkReason to watch: Brent Stockstill led the Blue Raiders to a 27-3 victory against the Blazers in the regular-season finale, and now Middle Tennessee State gets to host the Conference-USA championship game. The Blazers have a chance to win the C-USA in their second season back after a two-year hiatus.SEC: Alabama (12-0) vs. Georgia (11-1) When: 4 p.m., SaturdayTV: CBSReason to watch: It’s the only conference championship game where the winner is all but guaranteed a Playoff spot, not to mention a rematch of last year’s College Football Playoff championship game. The intrigue lies in the argument whether the Crimson Tide — which finished off its fourth unbeaten regular season under Nick Saban — can still get in if they lose. Enjoy another round of Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm on the same field. ACC: Clemson (12-0) vs. Pitt (7-5)When: 8 p.m., SaturdayTV: ABCReason to watch: The Tigers are shooting for a fourth consecutive ACC championship, and this team has settled in nicely around freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Pitt lost to Penn State, UCF and Miami in blowout fashion but kept it close with Notre Dame. The Panthers also beat the Tigers 43-42 in 2016. The contrast in styles should make it interesting for a while.MORE: FSU’s bowl streak ends at 36 yearsBig Ten: Northwestern (8-4) vs. Ohio State (11-1)When: 8 p.m., SaturdayTV: FOXReason to watch: The Wildcats are in the Big Ten championship for the first time, a Cinderella run that will be embraced for those rooting against the Buckeyes. The Big Ten champion will know the SEC champion’s fate before kickoff. Ohio State looked like a Playoff team for the first time all season in a 62-39 blowout win against Michigan. The Buckeyes have pushed their way in using style points before. Conference championship weekend is here, the last step before the College Football Playoff rankings are unveiled on Dec. 2.Every FBS conference has a championship game now, and that will help fill in the New Year’s Day Six bowl puzzle, too. With that in mind, here is a primer for championship weekend, and a reason to watch all 10 games:last_img read more