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
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Still, financial and public pressures have resulted in many studios expanding their environmental efforts, doing everything from using a biodiesel fuel mixture to run the generators on the set of the Fox show “24” to converting Warner Bros.’ enormous set-building facility to solar energy. “Public consciousness on this issue has changed dramatically,” said Kyle Tanger, a principal at Clear Carbon Consulting. “The talent themselves are requesting it from some of the studios. And a lot of these things make economic sense.” Economic benefit can come to studios directly, by switching to more efficient lighting or cooling systems or driving hybrid cars on location, which can save gas. Other projects, such as installing solar power, can take decades to pay off. But there are other benefits that are harder to quantify. Besides the public relations angle, many performers and other employees want to work with eco-friendly companies, so it also helps in recruiting and retaining employees, Tanger said. Form and function merged at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards show. To symbolize its commitment to energy conservation, Fox had wanted to replace the traditional red carpet with a green one. The tradition-bound Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which gives the awards, politely said “no.” But the carpet that ended up cushioning the heels of such stars as Sally Field and America Ferrera was made from recycled plastic bottles and later cut into pieces and donated to several local schools. “No doubt some efforts have been window dressing. But I actually think Hollywood is doing far more than people are giving it credit for,” said Terry Tamminen, who served as an adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before starting his own environmental consulting company. One convenient yet controversial method is the purchase of carbon credits by studios and producers to offset the greenhouse gases from their production activity. The credits attempt to counter such pollution by investing in environmentally friendly projects such as planting trees or funding wind power. Studios and a growing number of other industries calculate their emissions, then write a check to one of several brokers who funnel the money to projects around the world. The goal is to become carbon neutral by funding activities that reduce an equal amount of emissions. The 2004 Fox film “The Day After Tomorrow” and last year’s Al Gore documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” offset all or some of their pollution. This year’s “Evan Almighty,” from Universal, donated money to the Conservation Fund to plant 2,000 trees, enough to “zero out” the greenhouse gases produced. But the practice has come under fire by some who say it is an easy way to avoid the hard work of directly reducing pollution. Others question whether carbon credit payments are actually going to projects that make that much of a difference. “If you’re going to drive around in a big ol’ Hummer and then buy carbon offsets to mitigate that, that’s like getting drunk on the weekends and throwing some money through the window of an AA meeting and thinking you’re doing something,” said Ed Begley Jr., who was a poster child for energy conservation long before Gore made it trendy. The Federal Trade Commission, meanwhile, has begun examining claims made by the nascent multimillion-dollar carbon credit industry. Warner Bros., which bought carbon credits for the 2005 film “Syriana,” has also become more aggressive at reducing emissions during all phases of production. In addition to solar-powered set-building, the studio is recycling sets, using recycled plastic lumber in the construction of some buildings, and printing double-sided scripts where feasible. Pieces built for the 2001 film “Ocean’s 11” now sit in the Santa Monica offices of the National Resources Defense Council. Sets from this year’s sequel “Ocean’s 13” were donated to decorate the halls of local community colleges. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But is it all just show? No amount of public service announcements or celebrities driving hybrid cars can mask the fact that movie and TV production is a gritty industrial operation, consuming enormous amounts of energy to power bright lights, run sophisticated cameras, and feed a cast of thousands. Studios’ back lots host cavernous soundstages that must be air-conditioned to counter the heat produced by decades-old lighting technology. Huge manufacturing facilities consume wood, steel, paint and plastic to build sets that are often torn down and tossed out after filming ends. The energy guzzling continues on the exhibition side, too, with multiplexes drawing millions of kilowatts to power old-school popcorn makers and clunky film projectors that cash-strapped theater owners are reluctant to replace. A two-year study released last year by UCLA concluded that special effects explosions, idling vehicles and diesel generators make the entertainment industry a major Southern California polluter, second only to the oil industry. ENVIRONMENT: Some studios cutting emissions, but practice of buying carbon credits questioned. By Gary Gentile THE ASSOCIATED PRESS From “green carpets” at awards shows to organic fruit served to actors on sets, Hollywood is going all out to promote itself as being environmentally hip. read more