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 Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: 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

Cazenovia field hockey splits pair of opening games

first_img Tags: Cazenoviafield hockey Elora Wilmot’s pass set up Carley Lounsbury the Lakers’ lone goal, but RFA’s Lily Ferrucci turned back four other shots and her side won when Jace Hunzinger and Drew Kopek both converted.On Saturday, the Lakers went across town, to Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field, to face Canastota, and here broke into the win column by defeating the Raiders 3-1.It was a well-balanced Cazenovia attack led again by Lounsbury, who netted one goal and added an assist. Peyton Basic and Lily Sorbello also picked up goals, with Molly Brown adding an assist. Jessica Evans had Canastota’s lone goal A busy week for the Lakers would start Monday at Cato-Meridian, continue against Port Byron Wednesday at Burton Street Elementary and conclude Friday with a visit from Baldwinsville.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img For a decade, no high field hockey program in Central New York could compare to Cazenovia, who strung together 11 consecutive Section III championships in Class B and C and threw in a pair of state titles, too.Now, though, the Lakers have gone two consecutive seasons without a sectional banner, a negative trend it hoped to reverse in 2019 as it returned most of its startling lineup and features six seniors on the overall roster.Traveling to Rome Free Academy for last Tuesday’s season opener, Cazenovia kept things close, yet still lost, 2-1, to the Black Knights.last_img read more

Cincinnati’s reason to drop men’s soccer more a product of conference revenue than COVID-19

first_imgThe University of Cincinnati announced on Wednesday it is eliminating its men’s soccer program. In an unprecedented time, with spring sports canceled and the 2020-21 academic year imperiled — or at least uncertain -— because of the COVID-19 pandemic, such a decision has enhanced resonance. It is tempting to assume this decision is related to the wider issues in the world.MORE: Coronavirus updates: Every sporting event canceled so farIt’s not unrelated; but it’s more about UC’s position in college athletics, which comes as a result of past Big East members’ decisions not to remain intact and accept a 2011 ESPN television offer that would have paid members double what Cincinnati will get now, nearly a decade later.Honestly, very few people in college athletics, or even Cincinnati, knew that UC had a men’s soccer team. The Bearcats played 10 home games in the 2019 season, their last as a Division I program. They drew 6,269 people. Not per game — total.This is not to ridicule the defunct Cincinnati soccer program. This is just to point out its reality: The program mattered to the players and their families, and maybe to those who had gone through it, and certainly to the coaches it employed — but its universe is unfortunately small. It had become a luxury in an athletic department that now can afford none.“This difficult decision involved a tremendous amount of thought regarding the young men who chose UC to pursue their degrees and their dreams of playing NCAA Division I soccer,” athletic director John Cunningham said in a statement. “They have worked extremely hard on the field of play and in the classroom and have represented UC the right way. While they might not fully understand this decision, I want them to know that they were truly and conscientiously considered during my deliberations about the future of UC Athletics. We are making this decision now to enable our men’s soccer student-athletes to have an opportunity to play at another institution if they choose to do so.”What happened here is terrifically similar to Connecticut’s decision to depart the AAC for the 2020-21 year. UConn did not eliminate its football program with that move, and it will continue to support it at the FBS level. But make no mistake about the impact: That was the functional equivalent of deemphasizing the sport.Cincinnati’s athletics budget for 2018 was about $62 million. Nearly half of that came from direct institutional support — mostly student fees — rather than television or gate revenue. That’s a tough way to make a living in college sports.Cunningham was hired only three months before the American canceled its men’s basketball championship and the NCAA subsequently called off March Madness and all spring championships because of the pandemic. He might have thought he’d conquered his biggest immediate challenge when football coach Luke Fickell rebuffed interest from Michigan State in early February, but within weeks he’d discovered that, as terrific as Fickell is, the real issues were just beginning.MORE: Mike Gundy’s crazy comments don’t mean all college coaches speak like fools Back in March 2019, when college athletics were gripped by a beneficent brand of madness and not this current insanity, the members of the American Athletic Conference signed a new television deal with ESPN. All the schools got a decent pay raise and a reasonable amount of security.And still, for most of them, trying to compete with Power 5 conferences can be like living in one of those big houses in the ritzy neighborhood but lacking the cash to furnish every room. The Southeastern Conference paid its members $43 million for the 2018 fiscal year, most of that coming from its television contracts. The new AAC deal, which runs for 12 years, will pay members $7 million. That’s why, on occasion, AAC teams are going to need to break up an end table to feed the fireplace. Cunningham’s announcement said all current men’s soccer players will have their scholarships honored until the end of their undergraduate careers, and they also are free to transfer without restriction to compete for other colleges. UC will offer assistance in finding new homes for the athletes.Cincinnati has been sponsoring men’s soccer since 1973. The Bearcats made NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998, 2003 and 2006. They won one conference regular season title.For the players and coaches who no longer will wear the C-paw logo, the disappointment is profound. Their circumstance is an unfortunate consequence of an athletic department endeavoring to compete with programs that have resources to burn.last_img read more