Specialty paper producer Pixelle to close its mill in Maine

Spring Grove-based Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC announced Tuesday that it will close its mill in Jay, Maine, in the first quarter of 2023, affecting the jobs of its approximately 230 employees.

The mill produces specialty label and release papers, as well as industrial and packaging solutions for e-commerce and food service. Its two paper machines have a 230,000-ton annual capacity.

“The dedicated and skilled paper making employees in our mill in Jay, Maine, have worked tirelessly to achieve financial sustainability in challenging economic times,” Timothy R. Hess, president and CEO of Pixelle, said in a release.

“Economic forces beyond our control have combined to make profitable operations at the mill unsustainable. We are grateful for the efforts of the employees and are committed to assisting them with offers of continued employment at other Pixelle locations or outplacement support.”

The mill’s business and financial hurdles were compounded by an April 2020 rupture of one of its pulp digesters and catastrophic damage to the continued operability of the pulp mill. When possible, Pixelle said it will work with customers to transition their products to other Pixelle mills or to plan for volumes of orders in the limited production leading up to the closure.

David E. Dickerhoof Sr., the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, added: “Pixelle will continue to manufacture high-quality specialty solutions for our valued customers at our three specialty mills in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Business conditions and the strength of our broad range of products will offer us continued growth opportunities in serving our customers in the specialty labels, food packaging, industrial specialties and premium printing markets.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Newsmakers: H.F. Lenz Co., Mowery and McConkey Insurance & Benefits

Dakota Wolf, Josh Zelnis, Ronald W. Fresch, David Musser, Andrew Pilcicki and Tammy Spear

Architecture and engineering

Aaron Tompkins

Johnstown-based H.F. Lenz Co., which has an office in Manheim Township, named Aaron J. Tompkins commissioning group supervisor. He has provided commissioning services, retro-commissioning services, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Fundamental Commissioning and LEED-Commercial Interiors Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning services for corporate, educational, health care and government facilities in the United States. Ronald W. Fresch was named field group supervisor. He has monitored and observed construction workmanship, materials and equipment; enforced applicable codes during construction; attended construction and coordination meetings; and reviewed vendor and contractor shop drawings.



Silver Spring Township-based Mowery named David Musser project manager in the special projects group. He will administer and manage smaller projects, oversee field employees and handle material orders and budgets.


Jacob Coover

Springettsbury Township-based McConkey Insurance & Benefits named Jacob Coover employee benefits consultant. He will manage relationships and the renewal process. Nicole Houck was named administrative coordinator. She will cover the reception desk, process mail and plan and coordinate companywide events. Dakota Wolf was named human resources coordinator. She is a licensed notary and will assist with human resources tasks. Katherine DeWald was named client service associate. She will learn how to resolve employee and employer benefit and claims issues and manage carrier relations. Josh Zelnis and Andrew Pilcicki were named business insurance executives. Tammy Spear and Emily Warner were named client service managers. Spear is licensed in property and casualty and life and health insurance. Warner is licensed in property and casualty insurance.


Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans named Bryce R. Beard an associate in the Harrisburg office. He will work in the energy, utilities and telecommunications practice groups. He will focus on administrative litigation predominately before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and represent pipeline, electric and natural gas distribution, electric and natural gas suppliers, water and wastewater, and transportation companies.


Junior League of Lancaster named Susan Bowser president. She is a social media and video production consultant with Susan T Bowser Media LLC. Hannah Funk was named president-elect, Brittany Winnick treasurer, Jess Rodriguez recording secretary, Laura McGarry parliamentarian, Elizabeth Reidenbach communications vice president, Carrie McCullough community impact vice president, Melissa Frill-Esterly fund development vice president, Kelly Gehman membership development vice president, Sarah Lesser nominating vice president, Karen Chesters placement vice president and Katie Keister sustainer board chair.

Self Storage

Manchester Township-based Investment Real Estate LLC named Amber Miller construction and facilities coordinator. She will be responsible for working with the online construction software, updating budgets and managing invoices. Glen Williams was named project manager. He will help determine project specifications, plan construction operations and schedule phases to meet deadlines.


-Compiled by Amy DiNunzio

Columbia redevelopment site takes big step forward, boosted by millions in state funding

McGinness Airport
McGinness Airport, the planned home of McGinness Innovation Park in Columbia. PHOTO/PROVIDED

McGinness Innovation Park, a major project in Columbia borough that’s been on the drawing board for years, is moving full speed ahead, thanks to an infusion of state funds.

The Economic Development Company of Lancaster County was awarded a grant of nearly $3.4 million and a loan of more $5 million for the 58-acre site – former home to McGinness Airport – by the Commonwealth Financing Agency, through the Pennsylvania Business in Our Sites program.

DR1Group, a drone business, has been lined up as the anchor tenant. EDC is partnering with the borough on the initiative.

Not only will McGinness Innovation Park be situated on the last large tract of developable land in Columbia, it’s pretty much the largest opportunity for a redevelopment project in any Lancaster County borough, said John Biemiller, EDC’s director of business retention and expansion.

It’s been vacant for a while, after the airport shut down, and has been a target site for the EDC since at least 2017, he said.

There are some challenges that come with the property, Biemiller said. The site, off Manor Street south of Columbia Borough Fire Department, “is a little bit off beaten path in terms of transportation,” and its being old airport creates terrain issues.

A lot of site work is involved, he said, and any redevelopment “is not economically feasible without grants.”

Biemiller said the borough is taking the leadership role. State Sen. Ryan Aument has been very supportive as well.

The $5 million loan, secured with “very attractive terms,” will be repaid by lot sales, he said.

Preliminarily, the plan is for eight lots ranging from 1.75 acres to almost 16 acres, Biemiller said.

About 38 acres of McGinness Innovation Park is the developable portion, with an acre being acquired for access. Close to 18 acres of the rest will be turned into a conservation-recreation area.

A release from Aument said the almost $8.4 million in state funds will be used for engineering, permitting, remediation, excavation, stormwater facilities, sidewalks and streets, water/sewer installation, and landscaping.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Lancaster County that wouldn’t have been possible without the (Commonwealth Financing Authority) grant and loan,” which is the second largest awarded in Pennsylvania this cycle, he said in the statement.

The state-of-the-art business/technology park will generate more than 110 jobs, Aument added.

Because they’re space limited, cities and boroughs have to rely on redevelopment as an economic engine, Biemiller said, and this project complements what’s happening elsewhere in Columbia, including the mixed-use project on Locust Street.

He said Mark Stivers, borough manager, has been huge in helping the McGinness Innovation Park move forward.

Named for one of Columbia’s most famous residents

McGinness Innovation Park, a major project in Columbia borough that’s been on the drawing board for years, is moving full speed ahead, PHOTO/PROVIDED

Getting the millions from the state is a tremendous boost, Stivers said. “You never know till you apply.”

Like Biemiller, he said the grant makes the cost more manageable, while the $5 million-plus loan will close at the end of the year.

The borough purchased the property in August 2021 for $1.5 million and received a pre-project grant of $1 million from the Department of Community and Economic Development for early site preparation and infrastructure work.

A $3 million grant from the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program is in the works, too, Stivers said.

In 2017, Columbia came close to buying the tract but backed out because there was not a definite plan on how it would be redeveloped, he said.

McGinness Innovation Park is named for the late George C. McGinness, who started to build an airport next to his Columbia home after he graduated from college in the 1930s. That process was completed following his service in the Navy during World War II.

He also taught physical education and coached the soccer, track, football, golf and swimming teams at Franklin & Marshall College. The swimming pool in F&M’s Kunkel Aquatic Center is named for McGinness, who was inducted into the college’s sports hall of fame as a coach.

McGinness served for decades on Columbia Borough Council as well. He died in 2011 at the age of 96, and the airport has not been operational for more than eight years.

Stivers said the site currently includes two old airport runways, a family homestead, and cornfields tended by a local farmer.

The open space that will be dedicated to conservation and recreation is the southern part, along Strickler Run, he said. “It’s going be awesome.”

There will be walking trails and a small playground, Stivers said. “We need an active, open space area for kids.”

The area will resemble the trail system at Greenfield Industrial Park, where people can walk and relax, he said.

DR1Group, which has said it hopes to be operating on the site in two years, is the first tenant for the developable portion and will occupy about 15.8 acres, Stivers said.

An additional benefit is that DR1Group will create an opportunity for Columbia High School students get into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce, he said.

“That’s important,” said Stivers, who’s a firm believer that college is not a prerequisite for a good-paying job.

Ideally, the borough would like drone-related enterprises to fill out the other lots, he said, but other businesses are welcome, too.

Eventually, when McGinness Innovation Park is well-established, Columbia would like to sell it, Stivers said.

The overall goal, he said, is “to get this land producing in terms of jobs and the tax base.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

PennDot hosting Adams County job fair

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is hosting a recruitment event for job seekers from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Adams County Maintenance Office, 1185 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg.

PennDOT is looking to fill the following positions in Adams County: winter temporary and permanent CDL (commercial driver’s license) operators, starting at $21 an hour, and transportation equipment operator trainees, starting pay $19.38 an hour.

On-the-spot applications, interviews and driving skills testing will take place. Applicants need to bring their current CDL license and medical examiners card.

Laptops and staff will be available to help participants navigate the new electronic application system, and human resources staff will be there to discuss benefit options and opportunities for permanent employment.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

E-town grad school to offer certificate focused on family business

Starting Oct. 17, Elizabethtown College’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies will launch a Family Business Graduate and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

The goal of the first cohort is to “foster students’ entrepreneurial spirit through developing their skills in business ideation, leadership, strategic planning, management and more,” a release noted.

E-town’s vice president for enrollment management, John F. Champoli, explained, “The new program places a unique focus on family business by incorporating elements of governance, group dynamics and succession planning.”

The 12-credit certificate includes four online courses that can be completed in as little as a year, with courses like “Dreams to reality: Where are you in the business ownership cycle?” The certificate can also be stacked into the college’s 36-credit Master of Business Administration and Master of Strategic Leadership programs or its 32-credit post-professional occupational therapy doctorate.

After students complete the certificate, coaches are available upon request through a partnership with the High Center for Family Business. They will offer their expertise in the following areas:

· Evaluating the steps to start, innovate and grow a business.

· Analyzing the strategies for running a successful business.

· Articulating leadership skills and practices to enhance business performance.

· Critiquing governance structures and succession planning as a vital component of a business model.

· Developing a business plan on a new entrepreneurial business idea or possible innovation.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

New training program available for hospitality jobs

The York County Industrial Development Authority, staffed by the York County Economic Alliance, is launching the John A. Lambert Hospitality Training Program.

The initiative, in partnership with Crispus Attucks, York College of Pennsylvania and GF Hotels & Resorts, honors John A. Lambert, one of the Yorktowne Hotel’s most recognized and tenured employees.

Offered at no cost, the training program will prepare individuals for a career in the hospitality industry. Participants who attend and complete the classes and earn a passing grade on the corresponding exam will receive a certificate from the nationally recognized American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, a release said.

The evening and weekend classes – to be held Sept. 12 through Sept. 28 – will be taught by industry professionals and held in the Crispus Attucks computer lab at 605 S. Duke St., York. Classes in Spanish are available upon request.

Training topics include Guest Service Gold: Golden Opportunities; Front Desk Representative; Guest Room Attendant; Restaurant Server; Maintenance Employee; and Kitchen Cook.

The John A. Lehman Hospitality Training Program is financially supported by the Women’s Giving Circle and the Rotary Club of York.

Anyone interested in working for the Yorktowne Hotel as it prepares to reopen is also encouraged to attend the York Hiring Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at PeoplesBank Park and Yorktowne Hiring Days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19-21 at the York County Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., York.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

M&T donates former branch building for workforce development center

M&T donated its recently closed branch at 800 E. Market St. to the Spanish American Civic Association
M&T donated its recently closed branch at 800 E. Market St. to the Spanish American Civic Association. PHOTO/PROVIDED

It’s not unusual these days for banks to consolidate branches.

But when M&T Bank decided to combine two of its York locations, the financial institution looked for a way to turn the vacated building into a community asset.

M&T donated its recently closed branch at 800 E. Market St. to the Spanish American Civic Association to create Tec Centro York, a workforce development center that will help the underemployed and unemployed find jobs in high-demand fields from health care to construction.

The basic adult education, linguistic and job skills training and career counseling Tec Centro York provides are geared to residents in historically underserved communities. Lancaster-based SACA has partnered with York Community Resource Center, a nonprofit that offers vocational and technical training, to administer the workforce development programs.

The building will be transferred to the Resource Center, using the Tec Centro model SACA started in Lancaster in 2014 as a template. Tec Centro Berks followed on that, opening in Reading in 2021. And work is ongoing to establish a Tec Centro in Lebanon.

Tec Centro York is scheduled to open in the second quarter of next year.

M&T closed the 800 E. Market St. branch July 29 and consolidated operations at its 21 E. Market St. location.

A subsidiary of Buffalo, New York-based M&T Bank Corp., M&T Bank serves customers from branches in 12 states and Washington, D.C.

Gail D’Angelo, regional community reinvestment act manager for M&T, said the 800 E. Market St. branch, which was originally an Allfirst Bank before that institution merged into M&T, was in a “pretty prominent corner in the neighborhood.”

And it served that neighborhood for a long time. She emphasized that a full-service ATM will remain available to customers outside Tec Centro York.

The bank also “didn’t want to leave the branch dark,” D’Angelo said, so its leadership strongly favored giving the building to an organization that would do something “impactful,” she said.

M&T worked with SACA before, and was aware of the Tec Centro model. The bank “knew this was something that was available as an opportunity,” D’Angelo said.

After a meeting was held with SACA executives, including President Carlos Graupera and CEO Jose R. Lopez, the idea to create Tec Centro York in the former bank branch started coming to fruition.

“We think it’s really cool to bring this to the York area,” D’Angelo said, and “we’re super excited to provide this space to them.”

The building has a lower level, a first floor and a second floor, all of which are usable, she said.

Getting the York Community Resource Center involved and other partners is “just going to make it a big win,” D’Angelo said.

“SACA and Tec Centro are immensely grateful for collaborative partnerships, like that of M&T Bank,” Graupera, who’s also the founder of SACA, said in a release. “This is a powerful example of a business using its resources and expertise to work alongside other organizations to amplify the community’s access to and effectiveness of our workforce development programs.”

In addition to workforce development, SACA’s programming also focuses on human services, behavioral health, affordable housing and commercial development, and public broadcasting.

According to the Lancaster Tec Centro website, students are trained for such jobs as certified nurse aide; dental assistant; medical assistant; physician assistant; phlebotomist; commercial and industrial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician; forklift operator; facilities maintenance; commercial and industrial electrical technician; and commercial and industrial plumbing technician.

Training time varies, and can be up to six months. In 2019-20, including through the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, 160 participants enrolled in skills training at Tec Centro, with almost 89% increasing their income by at least 40%.

“In SACA, we found the perfect partner to provide residents of York with the resources and skills they need to improve their lives and provide for their families,” Tom Koppmann, M&T’s regional president for southeast Pennsylvania, said in the release. “We can’t wait to see how Tec Centro York helps to transform the communities it serves.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Newsmakers: Boyer & Ritter LLC, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and more

Nathaniel J. Yost, Laura W. Dunbar, Nathaniel T. Simonton, Laura B. Kurtz, Lori L. Dierolf and Meredith Schreffler
Nathaniel J. Yost, Laura W. Dunbar, Nathaniel T. Simonton, Laura B. Kurtz, Lori L. Dierolf and Meredith Schreffler


Benjamin R. Bostic
Benjamin R. Bostic

East Pennsboro Township-based Boyer & Ritter LLC elected Benjamin R. Bostic, Jeremy D. Medernach and Nathaniel J. Yost principal-owners and Jeremy Scheibelhut and Senahid Zahirovic principals. All are certified public accountants. Bostic leads the Chambersburg office. He provides tax and accounting services. Medernach provides accounting and tax guidance. Yost is a senior member of the dealership group and provides audit and accounting services. Scheibelhut is a member of the dealership and not-for-profit groups. Zahirovic is a member of the government services and dealership groups.



Architecture and engineering

Chambersburg-based Noelker and Hull Associates Inc. named Laura W. Dunbar a project architect. She will provide architectural planning and design.

Johnstown-based H.F. Lenz Co., which has a Lancaster office, named Nathaniel T. Simonton a principal. He is an electrical engineer and will be responsible for construction documents, quality assurance, construction administration and commissioning of electrical systems.


Susquehanna Township-based Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators named Sherri Smith executive director, effective Oct. 1. She will build programs, services and supports and advocate for public education and students.


Lancaster-based Pennsylvania College of Art & Design elected Russell D. Urban chair and James Warner vice chair of the board of trustees. Isaiah Servance Jr., Jolene Tolbert and Pam Barby were elected board members. Urban is CEO and Principal at Electra America Hospitality Group. Warner is president of Practical Waste Solutions. Servance is director of wealth management compliance at Morgan Stanley. Tolbert is a philanthropic leader. Barby is chair of the college’s graphic design department.


Jonathan W. Cox

Philadelphia-based Weber Gallagher elected Lucas J. Csovelak a partner in the Harrisburg office. He focuses his practice on defending employers, insurance companies and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters in Central Pennsylvania.

Eckert Seamans named Laura B. Kurtz and Jonathan W. Cox co-chairs of the public finance practice in the Harrisburg office. Kurtz has been bond and note counsel in financings involving Pennsylvania counties, municipalities and school districts. Cox has been bond counsel to school districts, municipalities, municipal authorities and industrial development authorities. Michael McAuliffe Miller will lead the Harrisburg office. He practices in management-side employment and labor law.



York County Community Foundation named Meredith Schreffler vice president of finance and operations. She will be accountable for business strategy, sound financial and investment management and effective operations.

Harrisburg Symphony Association named Carole DeSoto, Paul Grego and Linda R. Pheasant board members. DeSoto is an arts advocate, community volunteer and president of the Harrisburg Symphony Society. Grego is vice president and investment adviser with PNC Private Bank. Pheasant is an arts advocate and community volunteer.

Senior care

Camp Hill-based United Church of Christ Homes named Lori L. Dierolf vice president of human resources. She is also president and owner of Open Door Training and Development.

Whiteboard: Employee retention becoming managers’ No. 1 job

People are changing jobs like never before. From the “Mass Resignation” that started in 2020 to inflation-driven job changes today, employers find themselves in a dramatically changed landscape. Retention of key employees has always been part of a manager’s job, but now it’s rising rapidly to job number one.

Money seems like the logical tool to reach for in a time of historic inflation, but using money alone is a lazy way out. And not every business is sitting on reserves or excess income that can be used to provide significant pay increases.

I’m not saying money isn’t important, but we know that the resignations and job changes accelerated before inflation took off, so there is more going on here than just a drive for more money. There’s a desire for more job satisfaction. In an environment like this, managers will need to find the right balance between pay and other things that will enhance job satisfaction.

Tom Peters, the author of “In Search of Excellence,” talked about the importance of making your business a “way-cool place to work.” I don’t think too many people would describe their employers’ businesses that way, but if they did, they’d be a lot less likely to leave.

A good start would be showing genuine interest in people. Saying, “Hey how’s it going?” as you pass in the hallway doesn’t count. I’m talking about taking time to focus on individual employees at all levels both personally and professionally. Learning about them personally and learning how things really are going on the job are what managers do in “way-cool” companies.

A good second step would be talking about employees’ career paths. What plans and goals do they have? How can you work with them to lay out a path to those goals? What do they have to do to move forward?

Those seem like simple questions, but how often are they asked and answered? I’ve coached so many people whose managers have never talked about those things and probably never thought about them either. Managers in “way-cool” companies do that.

When you and your people are on the same page about development goals, the next steps are providing them with training and challenging work assignments aligned with making progress toward the goals. Ideally, every employee would have an annual development plan which would include specific training and development assignments.

Another retention tool that fits nicely with planned development and job growth is empowerment, giving people more autonomy and responsibility. Managers who are control freaks are not going to do

well in a world where people are so willing to change jobs. Yes, rookies need close supervision, but the manager’s job is to get rookies out of that mode as quickly as possible and to continue providing more and more autonomy.

When you allow people to make more decisions, you must also allow them to make mistakes. Treat mistakes as teaching opportunities, not as reasons to make one feel like a fool or to berate them. No one is ever berated or made to feel like a fool in a “way-cool” organization.

One more tool that’s easy to use is recognition. Saying “thank you” doesn’t cost anything. Talking about someone’s accomplishments at an all-hands meeting or in front of their peers doesn’t cost anything. It’s all benefit and no cost. It just takes time to pay attention to people’s accomplishments and to make the effort.

It doesn’t cost anything to learn more about your employees, or to align with them on career goals. Well planned and selected training will pay for itself. There’s no cost for challenging development assignments, or for more empowerment. Saying thank you doesn’t cost anything. All you need to start having a “way-cool” place to work is the will to make it happen.

Richard Randall is founder and president of management-consulting firm New Level Advisors in Springettsbury Township, York County. Email him at [email protected]

Penn State Health appoints urologist to help lead new hospital

Dr. Mark Jarowenko

Penn State Health named Dr. Mark Jarowenko vice president of medical affairs at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, where he will lead development and recruitment of medical staff for the new hospital, which opens Oct. 3.

In this role, which he starts Sept. 1, Jarowenko will also oversee the 132-bed hospital’s relationships with private practice physicians.

The board-certified urologist was most recently a partner at Keystone Urology Specialists, formerly Lancaster Urology, where he specialized in laparoscopic and urologic robotic surgery. Jarowenko began his career at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, as an assistant and then associate professor of surgery in Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Urology from 1985 to 2000.

In addition, his experience includes serving as a consultant with the Lebanon VA Medical Center from 1985 to 1996 and the Elizabethtown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from 1985 to 1991.

“Dr. Jarowenko’s extensive clinical experience and tremendous leadership skills will help ensure that our new hospital delivers superior medical care to the residents of Lancaster County,” Joseph Frank, Penn State Health East Region hospital president, said in a release. “He’s been a practicing urologist in Lancaster County for more than two decades and is committed to building a team of talented and compassionate providers.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

PennDOT holding job fairs in Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster, Perry

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will host several recruitment events this month in the midstate.

· A job fair will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Dauphin County Maintenance Office, 2140 Herr St., Harrisburg. PennDOT is seeking applicants for the following: winter temporary and permanent CDL (commercial driver’s license) operator, starting at $21/hour; transportation equipment operator trainee, starting at $19.38/hour; diesel and construction equipment mechanic, starting at $25.91/hour; diesel and construction equipment mechanic trainee, starting at $22.33/hour; automotive mechanic, starting at $22.80/hour; welder, starting at $18.99/hour; and tradesman helper, starting at $16.86/hour.

· A job fair will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Cumberland County Maintenance Office, 40 Army Heritage Drive, Carlisle. Applicants are being sought for winter temporary and permanent CDL operator, starting at $21/hour; maintenance repairman II, starting at $18.99/hour; tradesman helper, starting at $16.86/hour; diesel and construction equipment mechanic, starting at $25.91/hour; diesel and construction equipment mechanic trainee, starting at $22.33/hour; automotive mechanic, starting at $22.80/hour; and winter dispatcher, starting at $15.88/hour.

· A job fair will be held noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Lancaster County Maintenance Office, 2105 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. PennDOT is recruiting for the following positions: winter temporary and permanent CDL operator, starting at $21/hour; diesel and construction equipment mechanic, starting at $25.91/hour; transportation equipment operator trainee, starting at $19.38/hour; and automotive mechanic, starting at $22.80/hour.

· There will also be a Perry County job fair for winter temporary and permanent CDL operators, starting pay $21/hour, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Perry County Maintenance Office, 413 W. Main St., New Bloomfield.

CDL operators must have a valid Pennsylvania CDL Class A or B with no restrictions, and diesel and construction equipment mechanics must have a valid CDL and a PA Class 7 inspector mechanic certification. Both positions also require a current medical examiners certificate.

On-the-spot applications, interviews and driving skills testing will take place. Applicants should bring their current CDL license and medical examiners card.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer