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Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2020

New Capital Funding Supports Job Creation, Business Expansion in Five PA Counties

first_img Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) for six businesses in five counties. The loans will enable the purchase, construction, and renovation of facilities and equipment. The funding will help create and retain 184 jobs across the commonwealth.“Pennsylvania has a strong, diverse network of businesses in critical sectors that drive our economy, like agri-processing and manufacturing, and the companies we’re investing in today represent the future of business in the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “As we continue to make targeted, strategic investments in growing businesses, we are helping to ensure that our state’s workers, job creators, and local economies thrive.”The following loans were approved:Berks CountyPlum Creek Farm, LLC, an agri-processor, was approved for a $1 million, 15-year real estate loan at a 2 percent reset rate through the Greater Berks Development Fund for the construction of a new 12,000 sq. ft. building, providing expanded space for the production of ice cream, smoked meats and other prepared foods as well as an expanded market area for the sale of their goods and other local produce. The project will also allow the company to operate six days a week, year-round. The company is expected to create 20 full-time jobs within three years.Centre CountyAdvanced Powder Products, Inc., a metal injection molding manufacturer, was approved for a $1,863,795, 15-year real estate loan at a 2 percent reset rate through the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership. The loan will enable the company to construct a new 27,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. The company is expected to retain 65 and create 15 full-time jobs within three years.Chester CountyGood Crop, Inc., an agri-processor and fruit juice manufacturer, was approved for a $800,000, 10-year machinery and equipment loan at a 3 percent rate through Chester County Economic Development Council. The loan will enable the company to purchase machinery and equipment to for the production and packaging of fruit juices at the company’s leased manufacturing space. Through this project, the company is expected to retain 12 and create 10 full-time jobs within three years.A Greener Tomorrow, Inc., a recycling company, was approved for a $400,000, 10-year real estate loan at a 2 percent reset rate through the Chester County Economic Development Council. Through the loan, the company will be able to acquire the real estate, including two warehouses totaling 8,160 sq. ft. and conduct environmental remediation of the project site. The company is expected to create eight full-time jobs within three years.Lancaster CountyGood Burrito Co., a fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant, was approved for a $200,000, 15-year real estate loan at a 2 percent reset rate through EDC Finance Corporation to purchase its currently leased restaurant space, which includes four rental properties. This will enable the restaurant to realize rent savings while generating rental income. The company is expected to retain four full-time jobs through this project.Westmoreland CountyProduct Evaluation Systems, Inc., an industrial testing company, was approved for a $1,055,546, 15-year real estate loan at a 2 percent reset rate through the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland. The loan will enable the company to construct a 12,150 sq. ft. pre-engineered steel building with a connecting corridor to their existing facility, which will house their machine shop and specialized mechanical testing equipment, and provide needed office space. The company is expected to retain 42 and create eight full-time jobs within three years.So far in 2019, PIDA has approved $26,890,536 in low-interest loans that have resulted in $46,895,789 in private investment and supported 962 created and retained full-time jobs. This month’s meeting included the approval of six projects totaling more than $6 million in five counties.PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to Pennsylvania businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA. PIDA is currently offering interest rates between two and three percent for applications received by October 1, 2019.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. September 04, 2019 New Capital Funding Supports Job Creation, Business Expansion in Five PA Countiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2020

Ready-built home makes choice easy

first_img MORE: Brisbane suburbs to watch in 2019 The bathroom at one of Plantation Homes’ newest projects.“Undercover alfresco areas have been designed to create the ultimate outdoor entertaining zone, perfect for balmy Queensland evenings,” Mr Van Haren said.He said Westwood’s location made it attractive as an affordable option for buyers.“We are excited to have launched the next platform for the ready-built program by Plantation Homes,” he said. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: While most greenfield developments sell either land or land-and-house packages, Plantation Homes’ Westwood community in Heathwood, near Forest Lake, is simplifying the process by building 26 homes and then selling them ready for their new owners. Plantation Homes has launched its all-new boutique community in Heathwood.The choices when deciding to build are often a headache to navigate, but a development in Brisbane’s southwest offers a solution. Five homes are completed, on offer now and ready to move into, with another 21 homes soon to available.This allows prospective buyers to walk through their future home and make a decision to move in, without the wait.Plantation Homes’ ready-built division general manager Ben Griffiths said it removed the guesswork from buying property.Mr Griffiths said the concept had been rolled out to many Planation Homes sites across the state. “We have our own in-house team of experts, selecting suitable blocks of land for construction in popular land estates across southeast Queensland,” he said. “These homes have been designed specifically to cater to the area, making them ideal for growing families and multi-generational households.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe new masterplanned community was unveiled in August. Each double-storey home has four bedrooms, an airconditioned living area, a double garage and landscaped gardens.Plantation Homes southeast Queensland regional manager Ron Van Haren said the properties were ideal for entertaining guests and for growing families. The kitchen at one of Plantation Homes’ newest projects.“All with the unsurpassed quality and style that Queenslanders have come to expect from a Plantation Home, ready-to-move-in package.” The properties hotter than the heatwave Home builder adds ‘spice’ to new design Plantation Homes was recently named the 2018 HIA Queensland Professional Major Builder, the company’s seventh consecutive win in that category.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

Update on the latest sports

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An investigative report has found that the Iowa football program has suffered from racial bias against Black players and bullying by a small number of current and former coaches.University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld says the report from an outside law firm shows that the “climate and culture must and will change within our football program.” Coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest-tenured head coach in college football, is expected to keep his job. The report found that many players believe he has already made several positive changes.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORFormer player: Schembechler knew of abuse at U of Michigan Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULENats make it 2 straight vs. JaysUNDATED (AP) — The defending World Series champs have picked up their second consecutive victory since a 1-4 start. Defensive backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson both tested positive, upping the team’s total to five since rookies reported on July 21. The Bills did not provide a timeline as to how long rookies would continue working remotely.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets placed quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Avery Williamson and tight end Ryan Griffin on the physically unable to perform list. Flacco is recovering from a serious neck injury that sidelined him for half of last season with Denver. He was released by the Broncos in March, underwent surgery in April, and was signed to a one-year deal by the Jets in May. They hope he will be the backup to Sam Darnold.— The list of players placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list now includes Browns punter Jamie Gillan, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, Raiders running back Devontae Booker and 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. Meanwhile, rookie running back Malcolm Perry is among several Dolphins players who have donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19. NBA RESUMESSeason resumes with doubleheaderLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —- The Utah Jazz were the team initially at the center of the coronavirus shutdown throughout sports. They have the duty of opening the NBA’s restart with a game against a New Orleans Pelicans team powered by Zion Williamson and chasing a playoff spot. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers in the second game of a doubleheader in the Disney bubble. There won’t be any fans in attendance, and health and safety protocols are in place that don’t even allow teams to shower in the arena after games. MLB-NEWSPhils-Jays weekend tilt called offUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball says this weekend’s three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and visiting Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed. The move is a precaution following a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Seventeen Miami Marlins players have tested positive since opening a three-game series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies haven’t played since losing to the Marlins last Sunday.The Phillies said there were no positive results among players from Wednesday’s testing of their team. But there were two positives: One from a a member of the coaching staff and one from a member of the home clubhouse staff. Currently, as many as four team captains can participate in the coin toss. That has been reduced to one and only two officials will be allowed to participate.In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension. In volleyball, teams will not switch benches during a match.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The SEC is the latest college conference to announce that it will play only league games in 2020. University presidents have agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26 and will conclude with the SEC title game on Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already announced plans to play only conference games, while the ACC has announced a reworked 11-game schedule that left room for one non-conference game. — A total of 457 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 134 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 383 for the Football Championship Subdivision. Kurt Suzuki lined a go-ahead, two-run double and Michael A. Taylor smacked a two-run homer as the Nationals downed the Blue Jays, 6-4. Starlin Castro was a sparkplug to the Nats’ 13-hit attack, going 4-for-5 and scoring twice.Teoscar Hernandez homered twice for Toronto, which was swept in what became a two-game set in which the Jays were the home team in Washington.Hyun-Jin Ryu’s ERA is 8.00 after he allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. It was his second start under an $80 million, four-year deal he signed with the Blue Jays over the winter.Also on the MLB slate:— Rain caused the postponement of the Cubs-Reds game at Cincinnati. No makeup date was set in this virus-shortened season, although the Cubs are scheduled to return to Cincinnati for a three-game series Aug. 28-30. — Georgia Tech has moved this season’s home game against Notre Dame to its campus stadium, citing uncertainty over scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic. Georgia Tech was set to play Notre Dame at Atlanta’s 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 14. Uncertainty over the playing date prompted the school to move the contest to its regular home venue, 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium.— Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to pull out of the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis. The U.S. Open is set to start Aug. 31. — The LPGA Tour’s return to golf has yielded two positive tests for the coronavirus out of the 466 given to players and caddies before they traveled and when they arrived in Ohio for the LPGA Drive On Championship. The LPGA says Marina Alex had no symptoms when she tested positive before leaving for Inverness, and she is expected to return to the tour next week following 10 days of quarantine. Gaby Lopez has the positive test result out of the 233 given to players and caddies at the tournament.— Formula One driver Sergio Perez is out of Sunday’s British Grand Prix after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Racing Point driver, who is Mexican, will now go into isolation. The race on Sunday will be the fourth in the pandemic-affected season that should have begun in March.— Fans will attend soccer in Britain on Friday for the first time since the country’s coronavirus lockdown four months ago. In a pilot event for the planned widespread return of supporters, 500 will be allowed into the Irish Cup final at 18,500-capacity Windsor Park in Belfast. Northern Ireland is ahead of the rest of the U.K. July 30, 2020 Update on the latest sportscenter_img In other NBA news:— Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer says guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton won’t play Friday against the Boston Celtics after both players arrived late to Florida following positive tests for the novel coronavirus. Budenholzer hasn’t announced a timeline for when either player could appear in a game. NFL-NEWSBills send rookies homeUNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are the first team in the NFL to send their rookies home and hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19. — The NFL’s chief medical officer says it’s not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to training camp. Dr. Allen Sills notes that the disease is cutting across football just as it has through societies around the world. Sills says the league wanted to examine the results of recent COVID-19 tests before releasing the number of positives. — The Carolina Panthers have decided to keep Joey Slye as their kicker and release veteran Graham Gano (guh-NOH’), who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Gano took over as the team’s kicker in 2012 and spent seven seasons handling field goals and kickoffs for the Panthers. — Titans general manager Jon Robinson says he has been in touch with Vic Beasley and that the linebacker knows his absence from training camp is unexcused. Robinson said in a statement Thursday that Beasley told him he will be reporting to camp in the “near future.” Beasley was the Titans’ big free agent signee in March. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-RACIAL BIASInquiry finds racial bias, bullying in Iowa football program Associated Press NBA-NEWSKnicks bring Tom Thibodeau back to New York as new coachUNDATED (AP) — Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) is back in New York as the Knicks’ new coach.The 62-year-old Thibodeau is 352-246 in eight seasons coaching Chicago and Minnesota. He was the Coach of the Year in 2011 in his first season with the Bulls. He led Chicago to 50 wins in three of his five seasons. Thibodeau was an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy when the Knicks reached the 1999 NBA Finals. DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of more victims who said they were molested by a University of Michigan doctor have filed a lawsuit against the school. They include a former football player who claims he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler (SHEHM’-behk-lur) about the abuse in 1982. It’s the first time that a victim has said Schembechler, who died in 2006, was aware of allegations against the late Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson worked at Michigan, especially with athletes, from the mid-1960s through 2003. The university believes Anderson assaulted male athletes during routine physicals and injury exams. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNCAA extends size of football sideline areaUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA playing rules oversight committee has announced alterations in football and other sports to accommodate for COVID-19 concerns this coming season.The sideline area college football teams use to congregate will be extended by 20 yards. In other MLB news:— Home plate umpire Joe West missed two innings of Thursday’s Nationals-Blue Jays game after getting bloodied when he was hit in the head by leadoff hitter Bo Bichette’s flying bat in the top of the first. The 67-year-old West is the senior umpire in Major League Baseball. He was struck near his left ear when Bichette lost hold of his bat while missing the first pitch thrown by Washington’s Erick Fedde (FEH’-dee). West returned in the middle of the third inning and began working at third base.— Major League Baseball is debating whether to play shorter doubleheaders this season. The players’ association is surveying its members and deciding whether to propose two seven-inning games, or one nine-inning game followed by one seven-inning contest. MLB is expected to decide by Saturday whether to go with shorter doubleheaders. Philadelphia and Toronto are scheduled to play a doubleheader that day.— Big league hitters have opened this 60-game sprint by stumbling out of the blocks. The league-wide batting average is .229, down from .252 last season. The number is stunning, considering the National League has adopted the designated hitter for this season. The all-time low for batting average is .237, set in 1968, “the year of the pitcher.” — Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) is getting another chance with the Braves. Foltynewicz has cleared waivers and was outrighted to the team’s alternate training site. He was designated for assignment by the Braves on Tuesday following an alarming drop in velocity in summer camp and in his 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday night. PGA-FEDEX ST. JUDEKoepka has lead through 18MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Defending champion Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler and Brendan Todd in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. The round comes a week after he missed the cut in Minnesota in the 3M Open.Sung Kang shot 65. Justin Thomas fired a 66 and was tied with Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur), Chez Reavie (REH’-vee) and Max Homa. Thomas can reclaim the No. 1 ranking with a victory this weekend. FIFA-INFANTINO CASECriminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni InfantinoGENEVA (AP) — A criminal case against FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Gianni Infantino has been opened by a Swiss special prosecutor. The case is connected to a meeting Infantino had with the Swiss attorney general. Special prosecutor Stefan Keller has uncovered “elements that make up reprehensible behavior,” according to a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutors office. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber.last_img read more