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    Governor Wolf Announces 50 New Jobs with Gordon Sinclair Expansion in Indiana County

    Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Gordon Sinclair, a promotional products supplier, will expand operations with a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and decorating facility in Indiana County and create 50 new jobs.
    “Gordon Sinclair chose Pennsylvania over New York and Florida for its operations expansion due to the commonwealth’s highly qualified manufacturing labor force and its desirable location with excellent highway access to top markets in the U.S. and Canada,” said Governor Wolf. “We applaud the company for its decision and for its significant investment into one of Pennsylvania’s rural communities where job creation efforts and economic contributions are sure to have a long-lasting, positive impact.”
    Gordon Sinclair will purchase a 60,000-square-foot facility at 771 Indian Springs Road, White Township, Indiana County. The company has committed to investing $5,048,000 in the project and to the creation of 50 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. The company has commenced hiring and hopes to begin production at the facility by mid-to-late February.
    “We’re extremely appreciative of the warm reception we have received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for the timely assistance we have received from the Governor’s Action Team and from the officials in Indiana County,” said Gordon Sinclair Founder and President Robert Gluck. “All of the Pennsylvania agencies have worked together seamlessly to speed the process, simplify our work and meet our timetable, which has been invaluable to us in making this investment.”
    Gordon Sinclair received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $200,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $22,500 in WednetPA funding for employee training, and $200,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a low-interest loan up to $1,876,500 million 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, in collaboration with the Indiana County Development Corporation (ICDC).
    “We are pleased that Gordon Sinclair has decided to expand its manufacturing operations into Indiana County. The available facility, our premier workforce, as well as our quality of life all created a perfect mix to enhance the company’s decision to relocate to Indiana County,” said ICDC Executive Director Byron G. Stauffer, Jr. “We thank our partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for their assistance and support.”
    Gordon Sinclair is a leading supplier of drinkware and other high quality logoed items and sells exclusively through promotional products distributors throughout the United States and Canada. Promotional products are a $21 billion industry that provides logoed merchandise of all types for advertising, safety programs, and other promotional purposes. 
    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.
  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:27 +0000

    Appalachian Gas Takes On the World


    The prolific Marcellus and its deeper sister-shale, the Utica, are collectively called ‘The Beast in the East’ because they’re loaded with natural gas. This remarkable bounty is driving a renaissance in manufacturing throughout the Northeast, ushering a new era of cleaner power generation – and opening doors for U.S. gas traders around the world.

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:28 +0000

    The Original Supplier, Plus Affordable Compliance

    Regional Business Analyst

    In 1959, more than 40 years before Range Resources kicked off the shale gas boom by successfully drilling the first horizontal well in the Marcellus in Washington County, Pa., Ken Miller Supply in Wooster, Ohio, was the original oil and gas well casing supply company in the Appalachian Basin, providing oil and gas operators with steel pipe casings for drilling vertical wells.

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:28 +0000

    2018 Pipeline Update


    Since the calendar has flipped to 2018, it’s probably a good time to take a look around at the pipeline situation along the East Coast.

    There are several key pipeline battles involving landowners, environmentalists, states and the federal government.

    With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of East Coast pipelines, their status and what lies ahead:

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:29 +0000

    Pennsylvania shuts down construction on Sunoco gas pipeline

    Associated Press

    Pennsylvania environmental officials ordered Sunoco on Wednesday to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline across the southern part of the state, citing a series of spills and leaks of drilling fluid and other “egregious and willful violations” of state law that have plagued the $2.5 billion project.

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:30 +0000

    Work continues on Back Mountain pipeline project, despite pending lawsuit

    Associated Press

    DALLAS TWP.- Dale Wilkie is angry.

    He is part of a lawsuit in federal court disputing The Williams Companies’ creation of a permanent easement on part of his property to build a pipeline for its Atlantic Sunrise project.

    That suit is ongoing, even as work continues not far from his house in Dallas Twp.

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:41 +0000

    A Q&A with Jack Manning, Executive Director and President of Beaver County Chamber of Commerce

    Regional Business Analyst

    On the snow-covered, 350-acre site of the future Shell Chemicals Appalachia ethane cracker plant, more than 1,000 construction workers and technicians are now working on the main phase of the construction project, which will consist of 200 major components and 95 miles of pipeline.

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:41 +0000

    PA DEP will implement a new strategy to reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations

    Regional Business Analyst

    This year, Pennsylvania will become the second shale gas-producing state in the U.S. to adopt rules to control natural gas industry-related methane emissions.

    During the second quarter of 2018, the

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:45 +0000

    January DEP Well Permits Report


    There were a total of 445 drilling permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Marcellus Business Central coverage area in November and December. Unless otherwise stated, all permits issued are for new, unconventional, horizontally-drilled natural gas wells.

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:45 +0000

    Companies bring new ideas to the industry, win big in Shale Gas Innovation Contest


    The Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center at Penn State held its 6th annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest. Three companies each walked away with a check for $20,000.

    Those companies were:

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  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:54:46 +0000

    Eclipse Resources Corporation announces the closing of its previously announced Utica Shale drilling joint venture


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  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:02:50 +0000

    $2.5B equity investment won't change FirstEnergy's plans on power plants

    FirstEnergy Corp.'s announcement that it will receive a $2.5 billion equity investment won't mean a reprieve from the company's decision to divest itself of its nuclear and coal-fired power plants, including the Beaver Valley Nuclear Operating Station and the Bruce Mansfield Coal Plant. In fact, it could accelerate those plans. FirstEnergy announced that a restructuring working group was being devoted, in part, to "minimizing the timing to exit competitive generation." FirstEnergy previously announced…
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:32:55 +0000

    State Supreme Court throws out Congressional district map

    The state Supreme Court in a 4-3 vote ruled the current Congressional maps are unconstitutional and need to be submitted to the governor by Feb. 9. “First, the Court finds as a matter of law that the Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011 clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and, on that sole basis, we hereby strike it as unconstitutional,” the per curiam order reads.  The court ruled that the legislature must submit the plan to the…
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:45:06 +0000

    Airport authority chooses firm for $1.1B terminal project

    Allegheny County Airport Authority chose an Orlando, Fla.-based firm to work on its five-year terminal modernization project. R.W. Block Consulting was approved for a contract in place through July 2023 for the $1.1 billion project, according to Trib Total Media. In September, the authority unveiled its plan to update the 25-year-old airport that includes 51 gates, a new international arrives process, technology and baggage delivery updates and more. Construction is planned to start in 2019. The…
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:29:14 +0000

    For Pittsburgh, business as usual as federal government works to end shutdown

    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto referenced the government shutdown of 2013 and said it's not the immediate effects that are the greatest concern.
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:17:57 +0000

    Pitt faculty hold rally to sign union authorization cards

    About 65 University of Pittsburgh faculty signed union authorization cards at a rally Monday in a step toward a faculty union. The faculty organizing committee will gather the cards to reach a majority and file for a union election, according to a news release from the Academic Workers Association of the United Steelworkers. Pitt faculty, which number about 4,000 part- and full-time employees, began exploring unionization two years ago, according to the release. Graduate students at the university…
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:10:17 +0000

    Peduto issues executive order to restructure PWSA

    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order adopting recommendations of a panel to restructure Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority governance. After a year of studying the authority, a Blue Ribbon Panel recommended changes in governance, operations, infrastructure, research and regionalization, according to the report. The mayor's executive order adopts a recommendation to create an independent board of nominators to appoint PWSA members, according to a news release. It also directs…
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:06:21 +0000

    JHF's grants to unlock what's working, what's not in health care

    The program expands on previous demonstration projects funded by the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative that have saved money by preventing preventable readmissions.
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:38:05 +0000

    Mayor Peduto on Pittsburgh's biggest competitors for Amazon’s HQ2

    Plus, which cities he was surprised didn't make the cut.
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:27:39 +0000

    Attorney General: Funeral home director charged with stealing from 51 clients

    A Uniontown undertaker was charged with stealing $284,000 from clients who pre-paid for funerals for more than six years. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the charges on Monday at the Fayette County Courthouse with District Attorney Rich Bower. Their offices investigated the case. Stephen Kezmarsky III collected advance payments from 51 clients between October 2010 and March 2017 to cover their eventual funeral expenses at the Kezmarsky Funeral Home, according to a release issued…
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:24:28 +0000

    When it comes to quality of life, Pittsburgh ties for No. 1 among HQ2 cities

    Pittsburgh may have the best quality of life alongside one other city of the 20 chosen on Amazon's shortlist for a location to build its second headquarters. MagnifyMoney, a subsidiary of Lending Tree, rated the finalists announced Thursday on a scale of 100 based on seven factors, with Pittsburgh and Raleigh, N.C., topping the list, according to the website. RELATED: In the HQ2 race, cost of living benefits Pittsburgh Average commute time in minutes, median monthly housing costs, cost of living…
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