Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Cherry to Create 42 New Jobs in Franklin County

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania Cherry LLC, a manufacturer of kiln-dried hardwood cherry, will establish operations in Mercersburg Borough, Franklin County, and will create more than 40 new Pennsylvania jobs.“Pennsylvania’s excellent location, abundance of natural resources, and prime business climate made the commonwealth the perfect site to establish Pennsylvania Cherry, and we’re excited to welcome the company here,” Governor Wolf said. “The company’s decision to establish roots here is more evidence that our state is the best choice for manufacturers who are looking at several locations to set up shop.”Pennsylvania Cherry was formed after conducting a site search of several states to determine the best location to establish operations in the northeast U.S for kiln drying locally-sourced hardwood. After selecting Pennsylvania and forming Pennsylvania Cherry, the company acquired a facility in Mercersburg. The project includes land and building acquisition, infrastructure development, machinery and equipment purchase, and job training. The company has committed to invest more than $15 million in the project, and will create 42 new jobs in the next three years.“We are very excited with the establishment of Pennsylvania Cherry, LLC and look forward to continuing the excellent relationship we have developed with the state of Pennsylvania and Mercersburg Borough in this new venture,” said Hong Hong Chen, CEO of Pennsylvania Cherry. “The choice of Pennsylvania and, specifically, Mercersburg as the location for this new facility was based on the natural resources in this area that are critical to our success as well as the availability of multiple transportation options. The hospitality shown to us by the state and local community were very much appreciated and were also important to our selection of a site. We sincerely appreciate all of the assistance we have received from everyone we have met and worked with through this process.”Pennsylvania Cherry received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $126,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $16,650 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $2.1 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) to assist with building and equipment costs.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 Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC).“This project is the result of a truly collaborative effort between Pennsylvania Cherry, the Governor’s Action Team, and the FCADC,” said L. Michael Ross, president of FCADC. “Not only will the project create upwards of 50 new full-time jobs, it will redevelop a property that has sat vacant for the last two years.”For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. April 10, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Cherry to Create 42 New Jobs in Franklin Countycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Men’s basketball breakdown: Badgers upset No. 8 Hawkeyes in Iowa City

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team might have just punched their ticket to the big dance.The Badgers (18-10, 10-5 Big Ten) put together one of their best team efforts of the season as they took down the No. 8 Hawkeyes Wednesday 67-59.Bronson Koenig led the way for the Badgers, scoring a team-high 15 points while shooting four-of-six from behind the arc. Nigel Hayes had a rough outing, shooting just three-of-11 from the field, but was the only other Badger to reach double digit-scoring with 10 points.Hayes did, however, hit the biggest shot of the game for UW. With 1:42 left and Wisconsin up by just one, Hayes knocked down his second and most important three-pointer of the game.From there, the Badgers never looked back, and junior guard Zak Showalter hit a driving layup on the next possession, and Ethan Happ sealed the game with a steal just six seconds later.Despite the excellent play from the team’s starters down the stretch, it was freshman guard Khalil Iverson’s play off the bench, especially in the first half, that ignited UW.Iverson scored nine points on four-of-seven shooting from the field. Three of those four field goals were baseline dunks, one of which went down like this: key to victory for UW was the way they contained Iowa’s (20-7, 11-4 Big Ten) potential All-American in Jarrod Uthoff. The former Badger shot just two-of-nine from three, three-of-12 overall from the field and finished with just 11 points. Uthoff also was forced to sit out for long stretches due to foul trouble throughout the game.Hawkeye junior guard Peter Jok put on a show in the first half in Uthoff’s absence, scoring 17 of the team’s 34 points. Wisconsin, however, managed to shut down Jok in the final 20 minutes, limiting him to just four points as the Hawkeyes struggled mightily on offense down the stretch.The Badgers will head back home Sunday to take on the Wolverines in their final game of the regular season at the Kohl Center.By the numbers2 – The number of points freshman forward Charlie Thomas had scored in his previous five games. He had five points in seven minutes off the bench Wednesday.6:01 – The amount of time to end the game that the Badgers held the Hawkeyes without a field goal.0 – The amount of wins Uthoff has against the Badgers since transferring from Wisconsin.1954-55: The last season the Badgers defeated two top-10 teams on the road.2 – Vitto Brown’s career-high in assists entering Wednesday night. He had four against the Hawkeyes.20 – The amount of offensive rebounds the Hawkeyes had Wednesday night. The Badgers are the worst defensive rebounding team in the Big Ten.3 – The number of steals the Big Ten leader in steals, Ethan Happ, had against Iowa. He is averaging nearly two per game.last_img read more

Trackers drop weekend games to Peace River

first_imgScoring for the Trackers was Aiden Tegart as he netted both goals in the game. The N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers had their hands full this weekend as they took on the Peace River Royals. The Royals occupy first place in their division and it showed as the Trackers dropped both games against them by scores of 5-2 and 6-2.In Saturday’s game the Trackers fell behind early. Peace River opened the scoring midway through the first period, and tallied another two goals to lead 3-0 after the opening 20 minutes. The Royals added another goal in the second before the Trackers found the back of the net to make the score 4-1.The Trackers closed the gap to 4-2 with 11:49 left in the third period but that’s as close as they would get. The Royals added a final goal just under five minutes later to make the final 5-2.- Advertisement -Scoring for the Trackers were Kohlman Brinsky, and Nolan Lagace.In Sunday’s game the Trackers played better at the start but were unable to see it through the end. Peace River took the lead early in the game, however the Trackers tied the game with 12:47 left in the first. Peace River took the lead again however the Trackers continued to battle and tied the game at two.In the second period Peace River scored twice, and scored another two times in the third to make the final 6-2.Advertisementlast_img read more