SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 30, 2015 Economy, Jobs That Pay Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Oak Hill Veneer, Inc., a manufacturer of spliced hardwood veneer, will expand its operations in Troy, Bradford County. The expansion will create 73 new, full-time jobs.“Manufacturing has a $79 billion economic impact in Pennsylvania, and is vital to the growth of the middle class,” Governor Wolf said. “Manufacturers like Oak Hill Veneer, Inc. are creating good jobs in the commonwealth, and my budget supports manufacturers by increasing funding to programs like the Made In PA job creation tax credit, workforce development, and industry partnerships. In order to continue to thrive, we must highlight the sector that so much of our state’s history is based on.”Oak Hill Veneer will expand operations by constructing a new 15,000-square-foot building and adding a new line of veneer splicing equipment. In addition, Oak Hill will lease a 35,000-square-foot building in the same community where it will install a new line of manufacturing equipment to produce veneer board. The company plans to invest almost $2 million on the project and has also committed to the creation of 73 new, full-time jobs and the retention of 62 current positions over the next three years.Oak Hill Veneer received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $146,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits and a $225,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant.“Oak Hill Veneer, Inc. is very excited about our upcoming expansion project,” said Amy Jackson, Project Coordinator. “This project has been months in the making and we are finally able to make an idea a reality. The state’s assistance will be used towards the purchase of the new equipment and to help with the construction of the new building at the Oak Hill Veneer, Inc. site. These upcoming projects will create many jobs and bring more business to the community.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team in collaboration with the Office of International Business Development and the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission.Oak Hill Veneer is one of 18 companies owned by Spanish company, Grupo Losan, which is exclusively dedicated to the manufacture of wood products, for the furniture, decorative and equipment industries. Oak Hill Veneer specializes in cutting and splicing wood veneer in various thicknesses from the major American hardwood tree species.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit www.newpa.com. Wolf Administration Announces Oak Hill Veneer to Expand Operations in Bradford County, Creating 73 New Jobs
Children of East Canje, Berbice whose parents were made redundant when the Rose Hall Sugar Estate closed on December 31, 2017 will as of today have a bus to take them to and from school.The decision to implement the school bus system was recently taken after acting Regional Chairman Dennis DeRoop had promised that if they could not get the Region to pay for a bus, one of the David G buses from the Corentyne would be moved to Canje.This was, however, rejected and as such, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) agreed to take up an offer by a businessman for him to supply a bus for thatActing Regional Chairman Dennis DeRooppurpose with the RDC paying the driver and for the fuel.As a result of this offer, the RDC will be saving at least $30,000, since it will not have to pay for the rental of the 30-seater bus.“We finally have it implemented. It will be implemented as from Monday. Priority will be given to the children of the severed sugar workers, but they will pick up other students too as they are coming up,” DeRoop said.The bus is expected to pick up children from 07:30h from Gangaram Village and take them to the secondary schools in New Amsterdam.The implementation of the school bus service in East Canje could not have come at a better time taking into consideration the fact minibus fares are expected to increase.DeRoop explained that the bus would have a sign indicating that it was contracted by the RDC.Noting that the arrangement is a highly-subsidised venture, DeRoop said the owner of Lako Car and Bus Rental was giving back to his community.“On behalf of the Regional Administration, I want to thank Mr Lako for giving back to the community and joining the regional administration in this partnership to provide such a needed service to the children of the severed sugar workers,” the acting Chairman said.