Syncreon to close its York facility, lay off 600-plus workers

Syncreon is closing its York operation and laying off 637 employees, the logistics contractor informed the state this month.

In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing sent to the Department of Labor & Industry, Syncreon said it intends to shutter its facility at 609 Memory Lane in York Business Center.

Employees will start to lose their jobs “beginning on or about” Dec. 16, the WARN notice said.

“Syncreon’s operation is dependent upon its commercial customers’ operations,” the filing explained, and the company has been notified that the main customer at its York location, Harley Davidson, is transferring a majority of its business to another third-party logistics provider.

The WARN notice said that 209 forklift operators, 376 operators, 15 truck drivers and 37 salaried employees are expected to be affected.

When asked, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2948 did not have a detailed comment on the closure.

Its website said Syncreon specializes in the design and operation of supply chain solutions for automotive, technology, consumer home products, industrial, health care and medical technology (medtech) companies.

Syncreon was formed in January 2007, when Walsh Western International and TDS Logistics merged. A global business, it has more than 100 locations and 14,000-plus employees.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Newsmakers: Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz, F&M Trust and more

Dennis Dierolf, Barb Murdocca, Kristen Welch, Brett Fulk, Sheri Collins and Maria Di Stravolo Elliott
Dennis Dierolf, Barb Murdocca, Kristen Welch, Brett Fulk, Sheri Collins and Maria Di Stravolo Elliott. PHOTOS/PROVIDED


Eric Wendler
Eric Wendler

East Pennsboro Township-based Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz named Eric Wendler director of business development. Wendler will develop business relationships with organizations and business owners that need audit, tax and advisory services and help determine new business strategies and service lines. Wendler will be based in the Frederick, Maryland, office. Dennis Dierolf was named client service coordinator. Dierolf will manage and coordinate team member assignments. Christopher McCormick and Amber Miller were named audit staff accountants. Eric Zimmerman was named a staff accountant on the tax team. He will work in the Frederick, Maryland, office.



East Pennsboro Township-based Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors named Barb Murdocca a board member, effective in January 2023. Murdocca is chief operating officer of East Pennsboro Township-based Landmark Commercial Realty Inc. and a licensed Realtor.

Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry named Alex Halper vice president of government affairs. He will lead advocacy efforts.

Banking and finance

Jon Wine

Chambersburg-based F&M Trust named Jon Wine a mortgage loan officer for the West Washington Street office in Hagerstown, Maryland. Wine will handle a mortgage portfolio in Washington County, Maryland, and eastern West Virginia. Mckenzie Besecker was named a financial services representative for the Lincoln Way West office. Nicholas Dattilio was named a financial services representative for the Mechanicsburg Community office. Malina Johnston and Keira Velazquez were named financial services representatives for the McConnellsburg community office. Molly Mayer and Adrianna Sauceda were named financial services representatives for the Orchard Park community office. Whitney Price McGraw was named a financial services representative for the Hustontown community office. AimeeBeth Davis was named lead financial services representative and April Schneider a financial services representative for the Lincoln Way East community office. Tessa Bishop was named lead financial services representative for the Carlisle Crossing Community Office. Amanda Owens was named a data operations specialist and will assist customers with telephone and internet banking inquiries and debit card and Automated Clearing House inquiries. Duke Thompson was named a technology services analyst. Markayla Burgan was named loan servicing specialist. Brittany Gleason was named assistant data operations manager. Pam Sheppard was named lead financial services representative and Katelyn Snyder a level three financial services representative for the Shippensburg community office.

Lancaster-based Fulton Bank named Kristen Welch senior vice president and director of its healthcare (CQ) banking group. Welch will oversee banking activities of for-profit and nonprofit health care organizations with more than $20 million in revenue in the New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia markets.

Straban Township-based ACNB Bank named Brett D. Fulk executive vice president and chief strategy officer. He will manage community banking and marketing and strategic planning and revenue enhancement initiatives.

Economic development

Carlisle-based Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. named Don Kibler, John Rampulla and Jason L. Reimer board members. Kibler is a New Cumberland borough councilman, Rampulla is managing director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Reimer is chief administrative officer and general counsel at Members 1st Federal Credit Union.

Government relations

Harrisburg-based McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC named Sheri Collins a strategic business adviser with McNees Strategic Solutions Group.

Health care

Douglas Leslie
Douglas Leslie

Derry Township-based Penn State College of Medicine named Douglas Leslie chair of the department of public health sciences. Leslie is director of the Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics, vice chair for education and chief of the health services and behavioral research division within the public health sciences department. Leslie is also an affiliate faculty member of Penn State’s Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction and the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute.



Philadelphia-based Marshall Dennehey named Katherine E. Bavoso a shareholder in the East Pennsboro Township office. Bavoso works in the workers’ compensation department and focuses on the defense of workers’ compensation litigation.

Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans named Gabriel Vincent Tese a special member in the Harrisburg office. Tese will practice in the commercial litigation practice.


Lancaster-based Fulton Theatre named Maria Di Stravolo Elliott a member of its board of trustees. Elliott is a partner with Lancaster-based Barley Snyder and is in the real estate practice group and construction industry group.

Compiled by contributing writer Amy DiNunzio

Cornwall Manor names new president and CEO

Lee A. Stickler has retired as president and CEO of Cornwall Manor and Harry A. McConnell, has been appointed as his successor. PHOTO/PROVIDED

With the retirement of Lee A. Strickler, Harry A. McConnell took over those leadership roles effective Oct. 3.

The seventh president and CEO of the 585-resident faith-based not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, which is in Cornwall borough, McConnell was most recently executive director of Normandy Farm Estates, a faith-based not-for-profit retirement community in Blue Bell. He also spent 25 years with Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, where he was promoted up to chief operating officer.

In addition, McConnell has been an adjunct professor at Gwynedd-Mercy College since 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA, and is a licensed nursing home administrator.

“We are confident with the appointment of Harry McConnell as Lee Stickler’s successor,” Timothy D. Sheffey, chairperson of Cornwall Manor’s board of trustees, said in a release. “Harry has a proven track record of strong leadership and effective management skills, has great energy and outstanding operational results which will be critical strengths as he leads the community in the years to come.”

He continued: “Since we opened our doors 73 years ago, Cornwall Manor has been recognized for providing high-quality care and services to more than 2,500 residents. Lee has done a fantastic job helping create our strategic growth as well as spearheading many financial and operational successes, including the most challenging years we have experienced to date due to the COVID pandemic.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

IEC Electrician Apprenticeship Program to hold open enrollment

Applications for Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Pennsylvania’s apprenticeship program will be accepted from October 19-28. IEC’s apprenticeship program begins in January 2023. 

Those accepted into the apprenticeship program will work full-time as electrical apprentices for electrical contractors and attend employer-paid instructional classes in-person and online. Residential, commercial, and industrial construction and wiring are covered in the four-year program. The program has a hiring rate upon completion of 100 percent and graduates are qualified as experienced electricians rather than entry level. The program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council. 

As of May 21, the median annual wage for electricians in Pennsylvania was $68,660, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or GED. 

High school students and individuals interested in the electrical field can also apply for IEC Pennsylvania’s state-registered pre-apprenticeship program. Hands-on experience in the field and opportunities to shadow electricians will also be available for pre-apprentices. 

IEC Pennsylvania also offers continuing education for electricians and electrical contractor owners in-person and online with subjects including business management, First Aid/CPR, ariel lift operation, variable frequency drive systems, arc flash analysis and code updates. The chapter represents merit-shop and independent electrical and systems contractors in 64 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. IEC Western Reserve serves the commonwealth’s Beaver, Lawrence, and Mercer counties. 

Some 70,000 electrical workers and more than 3,500 electrical contractors are represented by IEC, founded in 1957. 

Donut shop to open in Hanover, two clothing stores in York close

A new doughnut shop is coming to Hanover while two clothing stores are shutting their doors in downtown York.

Amy R. Lovisone said in an email that she hopes to open Decked Out Donuts in December at 1185 High St., Hanover, if permits and construction go as planned.

In an earlier Facebook post, she said, “This is something we have dreamed about for years and are blessed to now have the opportunity to turn that dream into a reality.”

Lovisone said in her email, “We will be making mainly yeast raised donuts, but will also have old-fashioned donuts, cake donuts and a variety of … cookies, brownies, blondies and cinnamon rolls, all made fresh, very early every morning! We will also be offering different varieties of gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free goodies, too.”

Also, in York city, The Boutique at m.elene and Mason Lee, at 21 and 17 S. Beaver St., respectively, have closed.

Owner Molly Halbert announced the news on Facebook and said that the original m.elene store at 22 S. Beaver St. “will now offer new and vintage goods, while continuing to share its beautiful building and courtyard for events and community engagement.”

Halbert said in the post that she wants to devote more time to her children. “I will continue to be an active supporter of our incredible community, striving to further grow and develop the City of York. … I am beyond grateful for those who have supported me in making this very difficult decision. I am a small business owner, a teacher and, most importantly, a mother. Thank you to everyone for making this chapter in our story so very special. I am looking forward to seeing what our next chapter has to offer.”

In more York County business news, children’s resale clothing franchise Kid to Kid opened a store Sept. 29 at West Manchester Town Center, along with Uptown Cheapskate, its sister store for teens and young adults.

This is Kid to Kid’s second York location. The first is at 180 Leader Heights Road.

The Kid to Kid website said that one item of clothing returned to the circular economy reduces its carbon footprint by 82%.

Since its founding in 1992, the franchise has expanded to nearly 100 locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Stitch Fix to close its Berks County operations

Online clothing company Stitch Fix is shuttering its Mohnton Mills operations by the end of this year, leaving 56 employees without jobs.

In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing sent to the state Department of Labor & Industry, Stitch Fix said its sewing factory at 22 Main St., Mohnton, and knitting mill at 130 N. Sterley St., Reading, would close.

Although the last day of onsite operations is anticipated to be Oct. 28, the WARN notice said, 55 affected employees will continue their fully paid employment through Dec. 2. After that, three supervisory workers of the 55 will remain employed on an unpaid leave of absence through a separation date of Dec. 15. One supervisory employee will be employed and fully paid through Dec. 30.

“As we focus on the strategies that support our return to profitable growth, notably increasing our number of active clients and optimizing our cost base, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to close our operations at Mohnton Mills,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

“While this is the right decision for our business, it is a hard day for our team. We are committed to supporting them with severance payments that increase with tenure, extended health care, recruitment resources and other benefits.”

The company is also offering two months’ paid notice, and a bonus for those staying to support the wind down.

San Francisco-based Stitch Fix, which is continuing to navigate an uncertain macro-economic climate and undertake a major business transformation, bought the sewing factory and knitting mill in 2017. It had formerly been Mohnton Knitting Mills, founded by Aaron Hornberger in 1906.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Pair of Harrisburg-area restaurants to close

Two midstate restaurants recently announced that they’re closing, although one plans to reopen under new ownership.

The Midtown Tavern, at 1101 N. Second St., Harrisburg, and Smoke & Pickles Artisan Butcher Shop, 30 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg, revealed the news in Facebook posts.

After 41 years, The Midtown Tavern will shut its doors this month. The building, however, has been a gathering spot for more than a century, and will continue on as an eatery with a new owner under a new name.

The Burg reported that current owner Sotirios Ntzanis, whose father bought the tavern in 2000, said he plans to sell the establishment to restaurateur Adam Sturges, owner of The Sturges Speakeasy on Forster Street and McGrath’s Irish Pub on Locust Street in Harrisburg.

“So, here’s to all of you who’ve made some good memories here; you’re all the reason it’s becoming hard to say goodbye,” the tavern’s Facebook post read.

The last day of operation for Smoke & Pickles, a butcher shop and restaurant that opened in 2018, will be Nov. 23.

According to its website, the business was “inspired by the nostalgia and Old World charm of a traditional family-owned shop with a refreshing twist of modern culinary artistry.”

Owner and chef David Mills III said on Facebook that he is moving out of state to be with his wife, Kelli.

“This has been the adventure of a lifetime,” he said. “My wife and I would like to thank all of our customers, social media followers, the downtown community, our friends, our family, Wolf Brewing Co. and especially anyone that worked with us and helped us live out this dream.

“You all made Smoke & Mirrors Artisan Butcher Shop a success and without all of you, none of this would have been possible.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Emerald Asset Management names new CEO

Scott L. Rehr
Scott L. Rehr

Leola-based Emerald Asset Management announced that Scott L. Rehr has been appointed the new CEO, succeeding Emerald’s founder Joseph E. Besecker, who will assume the new role of nonexecutive chairman.

David A. Volpe was named the company’s new president, and Mark F. Schlegel takes over as chief marketing officer. Rounding out the senior leadership team at Emerald are Chief Investment Officer Kenneth G. Mertz II and Chief Operating Officer Richard Juliano.

“As Emerald approaches its 30th anniversary managing client funds, I’m proud of our team and of these longtime leaders moving into these new roles,” Besecker said in a release.

Rehr co-founded Emerald Advisers in 1991. He served as chief operating officer of Emerald since 2012, where he has been responsible for all noninvestment-related functions.

“We’re excited to continue to bring ‘The Emerald Advantage’ to our clients in the years to come, working to provide an exemplary client experience and grow Emerald in a strategic fashion,” Rehr added. “We’re thankful for the path Joe has led us on and will continue to rely on his guidance and experience.”

Emerald Asset Management PA LLC is a diversified investment management holding company that operates through subsidiaries Emerald Advisers LLC, Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust, Emerald Separate Account Management LLC and EmStone Advisers LLC. Assets managed by these companies totaled approximately $3.9 billion as of June 30. Beyond the Leola global headquarters, Emerald and its subsidiaries maintain offices in King of Prussia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

FedEx Supply Chain seeking to hire up to 400 seasonal workers

To keep up with expected demand, FedEx Supply Chain – a business unit of FedEx Logistics – is looking to hire up to 400 seasonal warehouse workers for its facility at 325 S. Salem Church Road, West Manchester Township.

The job fair will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave, York. Those interested should complete an online application prior to arrival.

Multiple day and evening shift are available for full- and part-time positions. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, provide two forms of valid identification, and are subject to a criminal background check.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Lancaster YWCA career program commended by L&I Secretary

YWCA Lancaster was commended Monday by Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier for its New Choices Career Development program.

Funded by the Pennsylvania Women Work organization through L&I’s New Choices New Options grant, the New Choices Career Development program offers Pennsylvanians the opportunity to use personal development, career guidance, and job training to gain economic self-sufficiency.

“By empowering individuals with job search and interview skills, opportunities to build their confidence and support to achieve personal goals, New Choices programs are helping Pennsylvanians negotiating the labor market to find lasting employment that pays a family-sustaining wage and improves their overall quality of wife,” Berrier said while touring the recently renovated YWCA facility. “The critical program would not be possible without the perseverance of the Pennsylvania Women Work organization and organizations like the YWCA Lancaster who offer the New Choices program.”

The aim of New Choices Career Development programs is to provide the skills and resources to single parents, individuals entering the workforce or going through life transitions. The programs are available throughout Pennsylvania and open to all residents, though their focus is primarily on individuals 18 years old and over. Program topics include Career assessment, Career counseling, Resume preparation, Interview instruction and practice, Skills identification, Referrals and connections to community resources, Exploration of education and training resources, and Salary negotiation.

“Our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women is more important than ever, as the pandemic did not affect all people equally,” YWCA Lancaster Chief Executive Office Stacie Blake said. “For all women in our community to be able to thrive, we need vital programs like new Choices to support our community members in transition, re-entering the workforce or seeking new opportunities. We’re proud to have the support of Secretary Berrier, as well as so many important community partners who help make this work possible.”

The YWCA Lancaster New Choices program has for nearly 40 years helped thousands of women in Lancaster, York, and Chester counties gain economic and emotional independence.

The program was founded in 1985 via a collaborative effort by YWCA Lancaster, Junior League of Lancaster, and Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.

Rock Lititz to host job fair seeking ‘skilled makers’

For the first time, nine companies in the Rock Lititz community are joining forces to hold a Fabrication Job Fair.

It will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pod 2, Rock Lititz, 201 Rock Lititz Blvd.

Participating companies are 4Wall Entertainment, ATOMIC, Clair Global, ChoiceLIVE, Lititz Technology Academy, Rock-it Global, Stageco, TFB Catering and TAIT.

They’re looking for welders; machinists; computer numerical control, or CNC, operators; electricians and more to work in the live event industry. Many immediate positions are available, and visitors are encouraged to bring their resumes. For more information, visit the Rock Lititz Facebook page.

“The live event industry is experiencing robust growth, and skilled makers are needed to create the spectacular sets, stages and special effects that make the Rock Lititz community a premier source of world-class products and services for live events and touring artists,” Andrea Shirk, Rock Lititz CEO, said in a release. “Our Job Fair is a first-time event to bring makers of all trades to our campus to learn of the diverse jobs that are locally available in the live event industry.”

She said the mix of expertise within the Rock Lititz community “is driving unmatched innovation, further cementing Lititz as the center of businesses supporting the live event industry.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Walmart to hire some 40,000 more workers as holidays approach

Walmart announced this week that it plans to hire about 40,000 employees for the holidays and beyond in seasonal and full-time jobs.

The positions include:

· Seasonal store associates, helping customers who use in-store or pickup and delivery services.

· Full-time, permanent truck drivers.

· Customer care associates for Walmart’s customer call centers.

The retail giant will also offer additional hours to current employees who want them.

Walmart said its average U.S. wage is more than $17 an hour, “with many associates earning more based on role and market.”

In the last several months, Walmart has raised pay in occupations ranging from pharmacy technician to truck driver.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer