October 30, 2019 State Funding Helps Lycoming County Manufacturing Company Expand, Supporting Nearly 60 Jobs Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Hermance Machine Company, a family-owned and operated manufacturer and distributor specializing in woodworking and wood product manufacturing equipment in Williamsport, Lycoming County, will expand, supporting the combined retention and creation of 57 full-time jobs in the area.“I am pleased that Hermance Machine Company has decided to expand its operations in the city where it began,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to the continued investments and opportunities that Hermance will bring to Lycoming County residents for years to come.”Hermance has outgrown its current space and is exploring several real estate options to accommodate the expansion. The company also plans to add two new product lines, increase showroom/demo space and inventory, and make improvements to its online storefront. The company has pledged to invest $3.16 million into the project, and has committed to create at least 20 new, full-time jobs and retain 37 existing jobs over the next three years.“This assistance, coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, will allow for continued growth and employment opportunities at Hermance Machine Company,” said co-owner of Hermance Machine Company Claire Strouse. “Additionally, our local Innovative Manufacturers’ Center personnel Russ Lawrence and Brenda Holdren were instrumental in assisting us to prepare and qualify for this opportunity.”Hermance Machine Company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project, which includes an $80,000 Pennsylvania First Grant, $40,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of new jobs, and a $16,200 workforce development grant to help the company train workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $2,650,000 loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). 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.“Hermance Machine Company is committed to expanding and creating jobs in the commonwealth,” said Director of Innovation for Innovative Manufacturers’ Center Russ Lawrence. “The Governor’s Action Team’s support will significantly advance Hermance’s growth and ability to offer valuable technology solutions that will support the success of other area manufacturers.”For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
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No matter which college basketball powerhouses USC competes against in the non-conference portion of its schedule, the two biggest games of the season are against UCLA.Inside presence · In his first game since removing a cast from his left hand, senior center Alex Stepheson notched his sixth double-double of the year with 13 points and 16 rebounds. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan In his first three games against the crosstown rivals, USC coach Kevin O’Neill is undefeated.“I guess that is important around here,” O’Neill said about beating UCLA. “It is not just another game. It is a big win for us.”A standing-room-only student section packed the Galen Center to see USC (10-6, 2-1) earn its fourth consecutive victory against UCLA (9-6, 1-2) on Sunday, 63-52.“[The win] means everything to us,” senior forward Alex Stepheson said. “The whole city of Los Angeles watches this game.”Feeding off the rowdy sold-out crowd, the Trojans opened the game on a 10-4 run. But after junior guard Jio Fontan committed a flagrant foul against UCLA forward Reeves Nelson, the Bruins went on a 5-0 run and led 30-28 by halftime.UCLA came into the game having never lost in the eight games that they led at halftime. Unfazed, the Trojans set the tempo to begin the second half, opening on a 12-4 run and never relinquishing the lead.“The crowd helped pick us up,” Stepheson said. “They were the sixth man, and gave us an energy boost in the second half when we needed it.”The Trojans received dominant performances from Stepheson and junior forward Nikola Vucevic, who had a game-high 20 points. Stepheson added 13 points and 16 rebounds, including six offensive rebounds.In the first half, senior guard Marcus Simmons was able to contain forward Tyler Honeycutt, the Bruins’ second leading scorer. It took Honeycutt more than 10 minutes to score his first basket, at which point Simmons was resting on the bench. Honeycutt only scored four points in the first half.With Simmons sidelined for much of the second half with foul trouble, guards Fontan, Bryce Jones and Donte Smith split time frustrating Honeycutt, who finished with 10 points and tied his season-high with seven turnovers.While Honeycutt did not provide his standard offensive production in the first half, forward Reeves Nelson, UCLA’s leading scorer, flourished. Nelson made his first five field goal attempts, and finished the opening half with 12 points. USC managed to make adjustments defensively in the second half, however, only allowing Nelson to score two points after halftime.Fontan had 10 points and three assists for the Trojans. Freshman guard Maurice Jones added nine points and four steals.Despite the 11-point win, O’Neill was not entirely pleased with his team’s performance, pointing out the fact that Bruins made 57 percent of their shots in the first half, and the Trojans only made half of their free throw attempts.“We know that [UCLA] will play better next time,” O’Neill said. “We will have to play better the entire game to have a chance to win.”USC will embark on their first road trip of the Pac-10 Conference season, traveling to Eugene, Ore. to play Oregon on Thursday, and then to Corvallis, Ore. to take on Oregon State on Saturday.