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Author Archives: Ana Mrdalj

Manufacturing’s changes and challenges (access required)

Manufacturing employers across Pennsylvania continue to struggle to fill manufacturing jobs – they create them faster than workers step up to fill them. Employers are promoting jobs through advocacy programs and manufacturing non-profit groups, working with public school district officials and guidance offices, career and technical school partnerships as well as old-fashioned word of mouth and one-on-one recruiting from existing employees, family and friends – and they’re sourcing new talent in unexpected places.

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Building a workforce: Instructor helps students win big in national manufacturing competitions (access required)

As the demand for skilled labor continues to grow, one technical school has seen a large number of its students achieve big wins in national manufacturing competitions. The achievements are important indicators that technical schools such as Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe can be fertile environments for students to become the skilled, talented workers of tomorrow. Kevin ...

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A Conversation With: Michelle Finch (access required)

Michelle Finch, 48, is operations manager for Turkey Hill Dairy, based in Conestoga. She joined the company in 2015 and has been part of the company’s expansion into national distribution. Her career has been spent mostly in food manufacturing, having worked at Mars Chocolate North America, Frito-Lay’s York operation, and Kellogg’s Inc.

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Renovations are nearing completion for a 215,000-square-foot West Shore building previously occupied by Hewlett Packard

Renovations at a large West Shore building previously occupied by Hewlett Packard at 225 Grandview Ave. in East Pennsboro Township are nearing completion. Select Capital Commercial Properties, a Lower Allen Township company purchased the 215,000-square-foot building last year and the project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

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Fitbit is pulling manufacturing out of China to avoid tariffs

In a rare move for a US tech company, Fitbit is pulling nearly all of its device manufacturing out of China amid a trade war between the world's two largest economies. The company announced Wednesday that "effectively all trackers and smartwatches" starting in January "will not be of Chinese origin" as a result of US tariffs.

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