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    Indiana County Revolving Loan Fund To Help New Business

    At yesterday’s meeting of the Indiana County Commissioners, Angela Campisano, Economic Development Specialist with the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development presented the following resolution:  “The Office of Planning & Development recommends to the Board of Commissioners a request for a $250,000 term loan from the Indiana County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to Robert Gordon Industries LTD d/b/a Gordon Sinclair and Affiliate (Gordon Sinclair).  Gordon Sinclair was formed in 1989 and is a promotional products supplier of custom decorated bags, drinkware, gifts and other assorted products which it decorates in its factory with the logos and advertising messages of its customers.  The Company will be located at 771 Indian Springs Road (previously occupied by Swanson Industries).  The loan proceeds will be used to partially fund machinery and equipment.  The interest rate will be fixed at 2.85% for a term of 120 months.  The RLF funds shall be leveraged by funds from CNB Bank, the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Equipment and owner contribution.  The borrower will create fifty full-time jobs as a result of this project over the next three years.” 

    The resolution passed unamiously with Commissioner Chairman Mike Baker making comment accordingly:  “I want to thank the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development and its Executive Director Byron G. Stauffer, Jr. for their leadership and hard work in bringing Gordon-Sinclair to Indiana County.  There were a number of other locations within Pennsylvania, as well as in New York and Florida that were under consideration”, Baker said.  “It was a concerted effort on the part of many people and organizations to put this plan together.  We’re very pleased to welcome the company here and we acknowledge and recognize the efforts of everyone involved in making that happen.”

    “Gordon Sinclair started its search for a new plant location,” said Robert Gluck, founder and CEO, “with several states on our list.  Without any reservation, I can say that Indiana County worked harder than anyone else to help us find a building, to connect us to numerous State of PA contacts for financing and incentives, for equipment financing through the County and even to help us find a local bank to work with.  Angela Campisano and Byron G. Stauffer, Jr. from the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development along with their partners Tom Seasoltz and Paul Cooney from ABCD Corporation have been our guiding lights throughout this process and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be expanding our operations to Indiana County.”

    Representative Dave Reed (R-62nd Legislative District) said:  “I applaud our state and county officials who see the tremendous opportunity to attract Gordon Sinclair’s expansion here to Pennsylvania and more specifically Indiana County.  The 50+ jobs that will be injected into our labor force is fantastic and I am fully confident that all of our partners in the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations, will work together in not only helping grow Gordon Sinclair, but to attract other business opportunities to our region.”

    Senator Don White (R-41st Senatorial District) commented, “This is positive economic news for Indiana County that is long overdue.  Gordon Sinclair’s decision to invest in Pennsylvania instead of another state is most welcome and further demonstrates that Indiana County’s labor force, quality of life and infrastructure are some of the best in the nation.  I hope this is the first of many good economic news stories for our community in 2017 and beyond.”

    Kevin D. Lazor, Administrator at Pennsylvania CareerLink®/Indiana County began immediately to work with Gordon Sinclair to provide workforce candidates to fill the positions anticipated. “The PA CareerLink®/Indiana County Management & Staff are pleased to be part of the team serving Gordon Sinclair. We are excited about the opportunities having them expand in Indiana County will bring.  We also look forward to working with their Human Resource staff to fill their needed positons and help them in their transition into our county. We wish them much success in their transition and future business endeavors.” said Lazor.

    The Indiana County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) provides existing businesses as well as start-ups with funding for real estate (land and buildings), machinery and equipment and working capital, and other eligible costs.  When alternative sources of financing seem inadequate to help a business expand or grow, the Indiana County RLF Program is a low-interest option.  Indiana County administers the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to fill potential funding gaps.  One objective of the RLF financing is to advance projects that will create or retain jobs. These jobs should directly result from receiving the loan, and business owners and entrepreneurs will be asked to create and retain jobs within Indiana County. The level of jobs will be based on the level of funding received.  The process requires that a business submit much of the same information they would normally provide to a bank when applying for financing.  The business can start this process by contacting Angela Campisano to discuss a project. Angela can be reached via telephone at (724) 465-3870, extension 3873, or through email at If it is determined that a project meets the objectives of the program, the business will move on to the next step and be asked to submit the application and supporting documentation. 

    Established in 1994, the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations (CEO) is a countywide public-private partnership serving Indiana County, and is dedicated to the overall growth and prosperity of the county’s business community.  The affiliate members of the CEO are the Indiana County Board of Commissioners, the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana County Development Corporation (ICDC), the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0400

    Firm seeks to establish dispensary for medical marijuana in county

    A biomedical company bidding on one of a limited number of state permits to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana has designated Indiana County as one of its intended sites.
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    Criminology department to host discussion

    The department of criminology and criminal justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host its annual Alumni Career Panel on Friday in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building.
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    Director writes brief history of sites

    Ed Patterson, director of Indiana County Parks & Trails since 1983, has written a new brief history of the county-owned recreation sites. “Indiana County Parks & Trails 50th Anniversary 1967-2017” is a 63-page summary of how the park system’s diverse regional parks, historical sites, covered b
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    INDIANA COUNTY: Commissioners approve parks and trails upgrades

    The Indiana County commissioners Wednesday approved several significant improvement projects for Indiana County Parks & Trails.
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    Lively Arts to present '42nd Street'

    The Lively Arts at IUP will present “42nd Street” at 8 p.m. March 30 at Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center.
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    Every Thursday, get the Gazette's complete listing of concerts, films, theater, music, dance and other performing arts. It's all one click away in the entertainment center.
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    Thesis exhibit to open at IUP's University Museum

    The 2017 IUP Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions, which celebrate the creative accomplishments of four emerging artists in the final stages of their graduate program, will open Saturday in the University Museum, Kipp Gallery and Kipp Annex.
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    IRMC auxiliary holds meeting

    The Indiana Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recently held a meeting at the Rustic Lodge, White Township.
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    WHITE TOWNSHIP: Bids opened for materials

    The White Township supervisors opened bids for stone, road materials and fuel at their meeting Wednesday.
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    Back in play

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    Last May, Eclipse Resources, an E&P company in State College that has more than 200 producing Utica wells, drilled a 27,048-foot deep Utica “superlateral” well named Purple Hayes in Guernsey County, Ohio. The lateral arm of the well spanned 18,500 feet, 3.5 miles, the longest lateral ever drilled onshore. The well was drilled in a little over 17 days.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:04:50 +0000

    Regulation shake up

    By Spencer Myers

    Although it may feel like President Donald Trump will quickly remove Obama-era environmental regulations, professionals in the oil and gas industry hoping for an expedient change in the regulatory environment may have to wait longer than they would like.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:04:52 +0000

    Energy Outlook 2017

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    Energy is a direct cost for many “bricks and mortar” businesses – from a manufacturer that burns coal or natural gas in its plant, to a trucking company that fill its fleets daily with diesel fuel, to a Baskin-Robbins franchise that uses freezers to keep ice cream cold. For other businesses, energy is part of their overhead costs.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:04:56 +0000

    Natural gas pipeline planned for Centre Hall

    By Spencer Myers

    Centre Hall, PA – Starting in 2014, members of SEDA-COG began to realize that, despite its proximity to the fuel source, much of Central Pennsylvania still lacked the infrastructure to deliver natural gas to homes and businesses.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:04:57 +0000

    American steel

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    In addition to greenlighting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines with executive orders, President Trump ordered Wilbur Ross, Jr., the banker and billionaire investor who was confirmed as Trump’s commerce secretary, to develop a policy requiring U.S.-made steel be used for new and retrofitted pipelines.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:02 +0000

    January and February DEP well permits report

    By Spencer Myers

    There were 168 drilling permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Marcellus Business Central coverage area in the month of January and February. Unless otherwise stated, all permits issued are for new, unconventional, horizontally- drilled natural gas wells.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:07 +0000

    Chamber of commerce works to break “mill mentality” in Beaver County

    By Spencer Myers

    It is impossible to have a conversation about the future of Pennsylvania-based manufacturing without mentioning the Shell ethane cracker plant being constructed in Monaca, Pa.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:07 +0000

    Enbridge and Spectra Energy complete merger

    Calgary, Alberta Enbridge Inc. officially completed its $28 billion acquisition of all of the outstanding common stock of Spectra Energy Corp. The acquisition has created potentially one the largest networks of oil and gas pipelines in North America.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:08 +0000

    EQT Announces Successful Auction Bid to Acquire 53,400 Core Marcellus Acres for $527 Million

    Pittsburgh, PA (AP) EQT Corporation announced that EQT, through its subsidiary EQT Production Company, has won a bankruptcy auction to acquire 53,400 core net Marcellus acres from Stone Energy Corp. for $527 million.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:09 +0000

    Miners heading back to work at Consol’s Bailey Mine

    (AP) Roughly 200 miners who were laid off in early February, about 30 percent of the workforce at Consol Energy’s Bailey mine in Greene County, have returned to work.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:03:27 +0000

    Wigle Whiskey to open new tasting room in downtown hotel

    Wigle Whiskey, the Strip District distillery themed off the region's spirit-producing history, is preparing to open a tasting room in a building with plenty of history of its own. Wigle recently indicated on its Facebook page that it will open a new tasting room in the Omni William Penn Hotel, which celebrated its 100th year of operation in 2016. Now open for five years as the region's first distillery since Prohibition, Wigle has since expanded to produce gin and other liquors besides whiskey. Wigle…
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    Pittsburgh entrepreneur wins national SBA Award

    A Pittsburgh entrepreneur has been named National Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Rose Morris, president of Abram's Bed LLC/The Safety Sleeper, will be given the award at a special event April 30-May 1 in Washington, D.C. She is also eligible for the SBA's biggest annual award, National Small Business Person of the Year. The Safety Sleeper is a safe-sleeping system for youth with special needs. It was founded by Morris, who created The Safety Sleeper to meet the…
  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:13:10 +0000

    Cheever to leave Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in 2018

    Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy President and CEO Meg Cheever is leaving in March 2018 from the organization she founded more than two decades ago. The announcement from the Parks Conservancy said it will conduct a national search for her successor. PERSONALITIES OF PITTSBURGH: Meg Cheever (November 2015) "For over 20 years, the Parks Conservancy has been a great partner in our efforts to improve the extraordinary park system in Pittsburgh, and I am especially grateful for Meg's commitment, dedication…
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    Panelists talk productivity, design in attracting and retaining workers

    Employee productivity, retention and wellness comes down to a number of factors, but what employers do to influence those factors has the potential to equal big gains down the road. That's what four Pittsburgh business leaders said Thursday during a "People and Productivity" event hosted by the Pittsburgh Business Times and the Green Building Alliance. The panelists for the event touched on topics ranging from how wellness programs and welcoming common areas impact employee outlook and productivity…
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    CVS, Pitt launch new initiative to fight youth drug abuse

    The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh Public Schools and CVS Health on Thursday launched an initiative to bring a drug prevention program to the school system. Pharmacists Teach is a two-year program that CVS (NYSE: CVS) launched with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to alert children to the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Students from Pitt's pharmacy school will be involved in the teaching. "CVS Health is committed to addressing and preventing prescription drug abuse…
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    Helomics, Pitt reach collaboration agreement

    Helomics Corp. and the University of Pittsburgh have reached a five-year research and collaboration agreement. The Pittsburgh-based biotech firm said it would work with Pitt's Innovation Institute on the development of intellectual property and commercializing property and technology. Financial terms of the agreement weren't announced. "This collaboration with the University will be instrumental to Helomics in achieving our mission of improving the standard of care for patients by bringing unique…
  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:21:41 +0000

    Pittsburgh region sees decline in population in latest Census data

    The Pittsburgh region lost population at a rate of about 42 people a week between 2010 and 2016 in the latest data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, one of the steepest drops among major metropolitan areas in the U.S. There were 2.342 million people in the Pittsburgh metro region in July 2016, down 0.6 percent from 2.356 million in April 2010, according to an American City Business Journals analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. The regions that saw the biggest declines…
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    Analysts, investors hope potential Westinghouse bankruptcy will lift Toshiba

    Toshiba Corp. is getting a boost in the stock market as the electronics giant weighs whether to file bankruptcy for its Cranberry Township subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric Co., and as Westinghouse clients prepare for potential court action. Westinghouse and Toshiba have been reeling ever since word emerged of a $6 billion writedown at the nuclear company, which led to the resignation of a top executive at Toshiba and Toshiba's consideration of a bankruptcy filing for Westinghouse. In the past month,…
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    Quaker Steak & Lube plans expansion into Philadelphia

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:50:18 +0000

    Mon-Fayette Expressway design work suspended

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is stopping its preliminary work on the Mon-Fayette Expressway's 14-mile completion after the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission's postponement earlier this week of a vote on the $2.2 billion outlay. The Tribune-Review reported that the Turnpike Commission was supposed to start on the project, which was expected to be completed by 2022. But instead there are questions about whether the link, between Interstate 376 in Monroeville and Route 51 in Jefferson Hills,…
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