Governor Wolf Announces Niagara Bottling, LLC to Expand in Pennsylvania, Create More than 50 New Jobs Economy, Jobs That Pay Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Niagara Bottling, LLC (Niagara), a manufacturer of private label bottled water, will expand in Pennsylvania and establish a new facility in Findlay Township, Allegheny County, creating more than 50 new jobs in the area. Niagara currently operates facilities in Lehigh and Berks counties in Pennsylvania.“The Pittsburgh region has a proud history of manufacturing, and Niagara’s decision to open a new facility here is the latest chapter in that history,” Governor Wolf said. “This project is more evidence that Pennsylvania has the manufacturing climate that businesses are looking for when deciding where to expand and create jobs.”In order to meet rising demand for bottled water products, Niagara will construct a new manufacturing facility in Findlay Industrial Park to serve a regional distribution network. Niagara has pledged to invest an estimated $64 million into the project, which is expected to create over 50 new jobs within the next six months.“Our team identified a site in the Pittsburgh region that met our precise requirements, and that could be delivered on our specific project timeline,” said Brian Hess, executive vice president at Niagara. “Community fit is a key consideration within our internal site search process, and all local, regional and state partners moved at the speed of business and met or exceeded our expectations with aggressive support for our new facility. We look forward to expanding our Niagara team into the Pittsburgh area and will begin advertising available positions in the coming weeks.”Niagara received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $147,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $147,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs, and $22,050 in funding through the WEDnet program to assist with job training costs. 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 Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.“I’m proud to welcome Niagara Bottling to the Pittsburgh region,” said David Ruppersberger, president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the economic development marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference. “This project showcased our region’s trademark collaboration, from the excellent support from state and local officials to our partnership with the real estate and development communities. We’re looking forward to this world-class company benefiting from southwestern Pennsylvania’s abundant water resources and creating high-value jobs in the Pittsburgh region for years to come.”Niagara Bottling, LLC has been family owned and operated since 1963 and operates bottling facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. As a manufacturer of private brand bottled water in the U.S., Niagara Bottling works closely with some of the largest retailers, grocers, club and convenience stores throughout the country. Niagara produces a variety of beverages including bottled water, sparkling water, tea, sports drinks and vitamin enhanced waters. To apply, visit careers.niagarawater.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. October 19, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter read more
AustralianSuper has acquired a 50% stake in a £270m (€325m) UK shopping centre from the BT Pension Scheme, as both institutions seek to build their global property exposures.The transaction involving thecentre:mk in Milton Keynes marks the Australian superannuation fund’s first direct property investment outside its domestic market, while reducing the BT Pension Scheme’s interest after nearly 40 years of ownership.AustralianSuper was advised by Henderson Global Investors, which received a mandate six months ago to invest in UK retail properties on its behalf.The institution has been developing an in-house investment team, led by Jack McGougan, with a view to reducing investment costs. It is also looking to invest outside its home market and recently hired Australian fund manager QIC to invest in US shopping centres.McGougan said the fund had been “monitoring the UK retail property market for quite some time” and that the debut deal was in line with its focus on “dominant” shopping centres.The 1.3m sqf prime retail space, which benefits from consumers nearby Oxford and Cambridge, has 220 retail units and is anchored by department stores John Lewis, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer.It has been owned for nearly 40 years by the BT Pension Scheme, which is seeking to reduce its exposure to UK property and diversify globally.Chris Taylor, chief executive at Hermes Real Estate Investment Management, which advises the BT Pension Scheme on its real estate investments, said the sale of the 50% stake was “consistent with our strategic plan to continue to diversify our real estate portfolio internationally”.In the summer, the BT Pension Scheme halved its interest in a portfolio of eight London office buildings by selling a 50% stake to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for £174m.In 2011, Hermes REIM launched a US real estate fund in conjunction with UOB Global Capital and Hampshire Real Estate Companies, for which the BT Pension Scheme provided £150m in seed capital.AustralianSuper is investing in the US retail market through an “open-ended mandate” with QIC, an Australia-based company that last year entered into a joint venture with US-based Forest City Enterprises to invest in eight regional shopping centres.AustralianSuper already owns a stake in the QIC Property Fund, which invests in shopping centres in Australia.It also awarded a “direct investment mandate” with ISPT in 2013 to invest in office and retail assets in its domestic market.The move to a more direct property investment strategy is part of a wider five-year plan to reduce investment costs.AustralianSuper has also established in-house investment teams for its infrastructure and Australian equities investments.The superannuation scheme was a direct investor in the IFM Investors-led consortium that acquired NSW Ports in Australia. read more
Equinor is the operator of the licences and Pandion Energy is a partner with a 20 per cent interest. Pandion farmed into the licences back in April 2019. Rex International’s 90 per cent subsidiary, Lime Petroleum, has signed an agreement with Equinor to acquire 20 per cent interests in each of the licences PL263D and PL263E located in the Norwegian Sea. Exploration drilling is planned for the last quarter of the year. The licences PL263D and PL263E are located on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea, some 25 km to the southwest of the newly issued PL1062 licence. Lars Hübert, Chief Executive Officer of Lime Petroleum, said, “The Halten Terrace has emerged as an important area of focus for LPA. The PL263D and PL263E licences are well placed between the Åsgard and Midgard fields. We have built up significant expertise in the area, and can effectively employ our strategy of technology-led, near-field exploration”. According to Rex, exploration drilling on the licences is expected to start in late 2020, with the planned well targeting a large prospect called Apollonia, with a reservoir located in the traditional Jurassic section. Dan Broström, Executive Chairman of Rex International Holding, said, “This is our second farm-in in Norway in 2020, in line with our ‘just-in-time’ farm-in strategy. As with our other farm-ins, including those which resulted in the Rolvsnes and Shrek discoveries, we have used our RVD technology to screen and de-risk the Apollonia prospect. We anticipate the opportunity to take part in another successful exploration drilling in the near future”. Exploration drilling in 4Q 2020 The agreement between Lime and Equinor was signed on 8 April 2020, and the transfer of interests is pending regulatory approval. read more
Jeanelyn Villavende was a household worker in Kuwait who was allegedly maltreated to death by her female employer. In response, the Department of Labor and Employment has implemented a partial deployment ban for first-time domestic workers. NELLY PADERNAL “The labor department should reach outto their counterparts in Kuwait and see how justice may be achieved for our‘kababayan’ and their bereaved family,” Villanueva added. Villanueva on Friday called onconcerned Philippine authorities “to pursue all available legal means to ensureher family attains justice they rightly deserve.” Based on the initial information fromthe Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuwait, Villavende was allegedlymaltreated to death by her female employer. “We all thought that when thegovernment entered into the bilateral labor agreement, our workers there wouldhave better protection against all forms of abuse, effectively stopping thesenseless deaths of our OFWs at the hands of their employers,” he said. Villanueva, chairman of the SenateCommittee on Labor, questioned the implementation of the bilateral agreementbetween the two countries signed in 2018 that was supposed to protect overseasFilipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait. Manila – Sen. Joel Villanueva urged the government to seek justice forthe murder of Filipina household worker Jeanelyn Villavende in Kuwait. “We call for justice into hersenseless death,” he added. “It is already bad enough that she has to leave herfamily behind to work in a foreign land to give her loved ones a betteropportunity.” “We hope that the labor departmentwould continue to make representations with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Labor andwork on a system to educate employers on the rights of their household serviceworkers,” he said. In response, the Department of Laborand Employment has implemented a partial deployment ban for first-time domesticworkers./PN read more
A water main break has prompted Milan officials to issue a boil water advisory on Saturday.According to Town Manager John Ingram, the advisory is in effect until further notice.WRBI will keep you up-to-date on this developing story.