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
It was never close, but it may not have been enough to satiate everyone’s appetite.USC players filtered onto the field and into the tunnel with a business-like approach following their Saturday night victory. The stated mission of walking away with a win had been fulfilled, but plenty of opportunities had been left on the field.A week after being upset by Washington, the Trojans bounced back with little resistance. The return of Matt Barkley revitalized USC’s offense and helped the Trojans coast to a 27-6 win against Washington State at the Coliseum.Yet there was still a sense among USC coaches and players that the Trojans, who entered the game as 45.5-point favorites, could have made the game even easier.Welcome return · Freshman Matt Barkley did not disappoint in his return to the starting lineup Saturday, finishing with 247 yards and two long touchdown passes to receivers Damian Williams and Brice Butler. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“The way I look at this game, we have a lot of work to do,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “It was not at all the satisfying win that we would have liked to have had.”In his first game back from a bruised right shoulder, Barkley showed few lingering effects of the injury by throwing for 136 yards in the first quarter. Despite still feeling some pain when going through his throwing motion, the true freshman heaved the ball downfield early and often, finishing with 247 yards on 13-of-22 passing with two touchdowns.“When I had to gun it, I did,” Barkley said. “It hurt a little, but that’s football.”After the Trojans finished with 110 yards passing last week against the Huskies, the team’s emphasis on attacking downfield was palpable.“We knew we could stretch them vertically,” Barkley said. “I think we hit what we could when it was there.”Barkley connected with redshirt freshman wide receiver Brice Butler in the corner of the end zone for his first touchdown. After junior kicker Jacob Harfman recovered the ensuing onside kick, Barkley threw a dart over the middle to redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams, who dashed into the end zone untouched for a 57-yard score.USC’s rushing attack supplemented the passing game with several long runs to start the game. The Trojans needed only 13 carries in the first half to rack up 113 yards.The offensive momentum established by the Trojans in the early going was thrown off by a season-high 13 penalties for 115 yards. Although Carroll said he took issue with a number of the flagged plays, he admitted that he was not content with the self-imposed mistakes.“We had so many situations where we made it hard on ourselves,” Carroll said. “We need to keep working on it.”USC’s defense held its ground for the majority of the four quarters. Redshirt freshman defensive end Nick Perry and redshirt junior linebacker Michael Morgan combined for 4.5 sacks for a defensive unit that applied constant pressure to the opposing quarterbacks.A week after earning their first win of the season by taking down Southern Methodist, the Cougars’ lone reason for optimism was their ability to stay in the game with a revamped defense.Redshirt sophomore Marshall Lobbestael started the game at quarterback but was spelled midway through the second quarter by freshman Jeff Tuel. The two signal-callers only could muster 144 passing yards during the night, with a bulk of the production coming in the fourth quarter against USC’s second-string defense.The Cougars controlled the second quarter with a 19-play drive that ate up more than eight and a half minutes. But despite controlling the ball and going 58 yards downfield, Washington State saw its 34-yard field goal attempt miss wide left as the first half expired.Late in the fourth quarter, however, the Cougars turned a short field created by a redshirt quarterback Aaron Corp turnover into a touchdown, ending USC’s shutout hopes.The match was a far cry from the Trojans’ 69-0 drubbing of the Cougars last year in Pullman, Wash. With Saturday’s trip to Cal looming, many Trojans insisted that the team has yet to show its best effort.“We know what we’re capable of, and I think we showed that tonight,” Barkley said. “But I also think we’re capable of more.”
The checklist wasn’t long, but in order to keep the optimism flowing around Gary Andersen’s Wisconsin program, the checklist had to get crossed off — at least before the Badgers would head west next weekend.Ever since Andersen arrived and hosted better press conferences and took his team to a water park and was enthusiastic about being the Wisconsin head football coach, the optimism around the program sprouted like liana.It was about as much optimism a program could muster following an 8-6 season and another orientation sequence of assistant coaches. A starting performance similar to the 2012 opener against Northern Iowa — a tooth-and-nail, 26-21 struggle just to illuminate the win column — would turn grins into groans. Certain things needed to happen for that optimism to withstand, and thus far, they have.The checklist started with fall camp, mastering the new 3-4 defense, choosing a starting quarterback, refilling positions of the departed just like any other school, etc. Check.The next step was last Saturday’s victory over UMass, the day of debuts for Andersen, his assistants and plenty of newbies on the field. A Wisconsin shutout victory — check.And finally, the most recent phase was crossed Saturday afternoon in Wisconsin’s 48-0 drubbing of FCS opponent Tennessee Tech. The defense proved its Week 1 shutout was no fluke, Joel Stave proved Andersen correct in selecting him as the starting quarterback and the offensive line proved they are no slouch from the history of big boys before them. Check, check, check.Pen running dry from incessant check marks, that pre-fall optimism can now remain, at least for another week.But quickly the pessimist sees little value in stomping the wilting flowers of UMass and Tennessee Tech that traveled into Camp Randall to begin the season. They may not resemble the highest quality of college football, and the Badgers may have paid their way into the stadium, but this Wisconsin team needed straightening. They needed to make some checks on that list.Naming a starting quarterback is one thing, but to get that quarterback some confidence and reacquaint him with Camp Randall was another. Implementing a new defense is one thing, but doing so in shutout fashion, with a secondary blanketed in new faces was another. Not everything is hammered out, but enough has been done to keep that optimism around. The updated checklist from fall camp to Saturday shows Wisconsin is about as ready as it could be to take on Arizona State.In a sense, the gears have seemed set on Sun Devils from early on. Wisconsin wasn’t going to have trouble with either of the floundering programs they’ve matched up against this season. The Badgers have now won 28-straight times against nonconference opponents in Camp Randall. Chris Borland said that a pair of shutouts were exactly what was supposed to happen against “these opponents.”“No one wants to go out and win 70-to-nothing every game. That’s not very fun,” senior safety Dezmen Southward said following the game. “You want to be challenged and I think Arizona State will present that. We’ll be ready and I’m sure they will be, too.”Gary Andersen seems like he has been ready, too. Even before the UMass game Andersen was concerned that his team didn’t get enough days of practice in intense heat like the Badgers are bound to find next week in Tempe, Ariz. But when asked about that heat again Saturday, Andersen replied without a worry that the sun will be down and the heat won’t be an issue. Having made his way through two victories and a wide-ranging checklist, there’s no surprise there.The check marks made against Tennessee Tech, coupled with those made against UMass show just how vital the opening games of the season were for the Badgers. Travelling to Arizona likely became a whole lot easier knowing that there are fewer and fewer capacities to worry about — a list now trimmed to the ever-inconsistent kicking game or a few wrinkles in the passing game, as nominated by Andersen.So while the outlook for Sept. 14 couldn’t have changed much, the idea that Wisconsin is progressing should keep that optimism far from fading.The end result from Saturday could be viewed as a 48-point mockery and loss of $500,000 through a contract with the visiting Golden Eagles, or it can be viewed as a key point on the progression trail leading up to Wisconsin’s first substantial opponent of the season, one they’ve seemingly been targeting all along.On Saturday, we saw the passing game and we saw the running game. We saw a successful 2-minute drill and we saw the defense dominate. We even saw a debut victory for the Andersen-endorsed red helmets.We saw Wisconsin make enough marks on that checklist. And next week, we’ll see what that all means.Sean is a senior majoring in Journalism and Communication Arts. Has Wisconsin helped you remain optimistic? Let him know with a tweet to @sean_zak or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.