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Quandel Construction Group, Inc., a local construction firm, with an office in Williamsport, was recently
selected to serve as Construction Manager at-Risk for the $4 million Short-Term
Rehabilitation Addition to The
Williamsport Home Senior Living Facility, located in Williamsport, PA.

Quandel's scope of work involves a 14,000 square foot addition and approximately 5,000 square
feet of renovations. Construction has begun and full occupancy will occur in
the early first quarter of 2014. The renovations will occur in the midst of
ongoing senior living operations and will result in improvements throughout the
common space at the interface with the new addition.

About Quandel

Quandel was established in 1882 in Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania and is
presently under the leadership of fourth generation management with our
Chairman & CEO, Noble C. "Bud" Quandel, responsible for our corporate
direction since 1977. We have been providing our services for 131 years,
including construction management, general construction and design-build

In addition to our office in Minersville, we maintain offices in Harrisburg, Pottsville,
Wormleysburg, Scranton and Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Abingdon, Maryland;
Alexandria, VA; Columbus, Cincinnati and Zanesville, OH; Chicago, IL and
Minneapolis, MN.

We have a lock on Earth Day

On April 22, 2013 an estimated one billion individuals from nearly 200 countries will recognize and celebrate
Earth Day with the hopes of getting one step closer to dealing with our planet's
most pressing environmental challenges. In an effort to help reduce unnecessary
waste generated by paper envelopes, A. Rifkin Co. is promoting the use of its
Keyless Security™ Mail Pouches as an Earth-Friendly alternative.

The patented security bags provide users with a low-cost and easy-to-use solution for protecting mail and
documents as they are transported by private couriers or the United States
Postal Service. To secure the bag's contents, users simply insert an individually numbered, one-time-use security
seal into the built-in Keyless Security™ closure. Any unauthorized access or tampering will
quickly be noticed due to the lack of a security seal or the presence of a differently numbered or broken seal.

A recent 8-year comparison study showed that one Rifkin security bag could replace 2,080 plastic or paper
envelope alternatives. This could generate a cost savings of up to $500 per bag and untold benefits for the environment.

Commitment to the Environment

In addition to the global impact benefits of specifying reusable security bags, you can feel confident knowing that
A. Rifkin Co. is at the forefront of the green manufacturing initiative. The Company recently installed 434 solar
panels on the roof of its 69,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The 230-watt REC Solar Panels harvest sunlight and transfer energy through one centralized inverter with a maximum efficiency of 98.3%. The system now
produces roughly 117,000 kilowatt hours of power and will measurably reduce
annual emissions and dramatically change the company's long-term carbon footprint.

A complete line of reusable security bags can be purchased directly from the Company's website,


Quandel Construction Group, Inc., a local construction firm, was recently chosen to provide project
representation and support services to the Department of General Services' (DGS)
Bureau of Construction for their new Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Headquarters on Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg. Coincidentally, this site
is immediately adjacent to the PSECU Headquarters project being managed by

Quandel's scope will involve on-site
representation for DGS, as well as scheduling and estimating activities. Work
on the project is to begin in May 2013 and be completed in early 2015.

Darlene J. Robbins Receives Distinguished Honor

With a strong drive for helping others succeed, as well as an unrelenting work ethic, it should come as no surprise that Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association and Council President Darlene Robbins has become one of the area’s top business professionals. She was recently honored in The Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Top 25 Women in Business edition.

Robbins says that her enthusiasm for serving the members’ needs became the cornerstone of her success. She served as executive director of the Manufacturers & Employers Association of Schuylkill County in 1985. Through hard work, determination and an ear that’s always open to members’ needs, the association flourished to become a regional Manufacturers & Employers Association with member companies from over 20 counties.

“Our workforce development programs were so successful that the growth yielded an incorporation of our 501(C)(3) charitable organization (now known as the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council). The YES Northeast Certificate Program, offered by the Council, was recently identified in the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council recommendations as a best practice model,” she said.

Her first and foremost mentor is God. Her parents taught her the values of patience, persistence, respect, honest, integrity and accountability.

“My own children enable me to understand these values and their importance in my personal, as well as professional, life,” she said.

She would like to continue to be a mentor to young professionals and women in the workplace and, most importantly, a good role model for her children and grandchildren.

Congratulations Darlene!

A Carbon Tax Would Wallop PA’s Economy

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association recently released a study conducted by NERA Economic Consulting that shows a carbon tax would have a devastating impact on manufacturing in PA. The report, titled Economic Outcomes of a U.S. Carbon Tax, found that levying such a tax would result in higher prices for natural gas, electricity, gasoline and other energy commodities. Manufacturing output in energy-intensive sectors could drop by as much as 15.0 percent and in non-energy-intensive sectors by as much as 7.7 percent.

"As talk has continued in Washington about a carbon tax, the results of this study are very troubling as Pennsylvanians would see their energy bills go up across the board," said MAEA President Darlene J. Robbins. "Businesses throughout PA would be dealt a costly blow. We are facing an unemployment rate of 8 percent in the state, and a carbon tax will only cause us more economic harm."

Key findings for Pennsylvania include the following:

• This tax would deal a blow to employment in PA with a loss of worker income
equivalent to 77,000 to 81,000 jobs in 2013 and 96,000 to 122,000 by 2023.

• The cost of using natural gas would increase by more than 40 percent in 2013,
the first year of the carbon tax study, adding to household energy bills and
increasing operation costs for many PA businesses.

• Gas prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013.

• Households in PA would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 13 percent in 2013.

• By 2023, the hardest hit economic sectors in PA would be coal, which would lose between 48 and 50 percent in economic output, energy-intensive manufacturing, which would lose 1.9 percent and non-energy-intensive manufacturing, which would lose between 0.5 and 0.9 percent.

"The notion that some policymakers have in Washington that an economy-wide tax of this nature is a good idea is flatly wrong," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "Our nation's economy and family budgets can't take it. As consumers of one-third of our nation's energy supply, manufacturers and our employees will struggle with higher energy prices. A carbon tax will severely harm our ability to compete with other nations."

The study examines two carbon tax scenarios: one levied at $20 per ton increasing at 4 percent and the other designed to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80 percent. Both cases would have a negative impact on the economy. Click Here for the executive summary and full report and for information on how PA will be impacted.

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