Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Stuffed Puffs, a food processer, will grow its manufacturing operations with its expansion to a 150,000-square-foot building in Hanover Township, Northampton County. The project will support the creation of 134 new, full-time jobs in the commonwealth.“Food processing is one of Pennsylvania’s most robust and vibrant industries, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $5 billion in sales annually,” said Gov. Wolf. “It is only fitting that a new, innovative food company would make the commonwealth its new home, and we are proud to make the investment that will turn that plan into reality.”The company will be located at the former Guardian Life property owned by JG Petrucci to manufacture chocolate stuffed marshmallows and plans to make significant improvements to the property. Stuffed Puffs will begin manufacturing operations in May 2020 and has committed to investing $31.5 million in capital funding toward the project and creating 134 jobs within three years.“The idea was born around a campfire,” said Michael Tierney, founder of Stuffed Puffs, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 2010. “It’s a simple idea, but very hard to execute, which is why it hasn’t been done before. I spent seven years figuring out a truly innovative system that breaks the rules of traditional candy making – our new plant will help this amazing product continue to grow and support our company and community.”Stuffed Puffs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $670,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $268,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and $140,400 in grants for workforce training and development. 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.“The decision of Stuffed Puffs to expand its production operations to the Lehigh Valley is an example of the region becoming a national leader in food and beverage innovation and production,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). “Since coming to Factory to accelerate its growth, Stuffed Puffs has realized the advantages of making its product in the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania with the available talent, educational institutions, and access to market. The combined efforts of the state, Northampton County and the City of Bethlehem, and the benefit of Factory LLC being here, is a best practice example of how to grow U.S. manufacturing.”Stuffed Puffs is a confectionery manufacturer that uses a custom designed and highly secretive manufacturing process to make a chocolate-filled marshmallow. The company also has the ability to make multiple shapes and flavors of marshmallows with various fillings. Stuffed Puffs initially launched its product exclusively at Walmart stores and will be expanding to other retailers in 2020.“Stuffed Puffs is the easy new way to make a good old-fashioned American favorite S’mores, even better and it’s delicious also to eat right out of the bag,” said Richard Thompson, Managing Partner at Factory LLC the parent company of Stuffed Puffs. “At Factory LLC we seek innovation and we know Stuffed Puffs is a big winner and the new plant will support our continued growth, because we can’t make it fast enough.”For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. November 12, 2019 Wolf Administration Assists Confectionery Manufacturer Expansion to Lehigh Valley, Supporting 134 New Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
(BBC) – The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said the government did not consider it wise to offer financial guarantees in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.Brazil will now support Colombia’s proposal which is up against Japan, and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 32-team tournament.FIFA will vote to select the hosts on June 25.“Because of the fiscal and economic austerity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, (the government) thought it would not be recommended to right now sign the guarantees asked for by FIFA,” said a CBF statement.Brazil has hosted a number of major international sporting competitions in recent years, including the men’s World Cup in 2014, the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Copa America in 2019. But the CBF felt it was an outsider to host yet another big event.The country has been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 35 000 deaths and in excess of 640 000 confirmed infections, but the latter number is believed to be much higher because of insufficient testing.
The Cycling Federation of Nigeria, CFN has concluded arrangements to hold the inaugural edition of the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak National Cycling Championship and Commissaires Course in Ilorin, the state capital.Technical Director of the CFN, Bashir Mohammed, disclosed this at the weekend in Uzebba, Edo state, said the State government has declared its readiness to start receiving the delegates from over 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory who have declared interest to participate in both the cycling championship and 3-day Commissaires Course.“On our part in the cycling federation, we have concluded plans to organise a hitch-free championship and course for our prospective commissaires and the state government which is supporting us has declared its readiness to receive the states’ delegation who will start arriving on Tuesday, December 3”, Mohammed said. Meanwhile Secretary General of the CFN, Dayo Abulude said that six cyclists, three male and female as well as one participant for the commissaires course are expected from each of the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.“So far over 20 states have registered for the championship and course including Edo, Delta, Rivers, Plateau, Kaduna, the FCT and host, Kwara”, he said, adding that “the first to fourth place finishers in the male category will earn N200,000, N150,000, N100,000 and N70,000 respectively while their female counterparts who will ride a shorter distance will take home N150,000, N100,000, N50,000 and N30,000 respectively”.The governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazak is expected to declare both the championship and commissaires course open and he will be supported by the deputy governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, the CFN scribe disclosed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram