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SEWNews December 2015

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Hexcel Pottsville Celebrates 35 Years of Industry-Leading Composite Part Manufacturing

Hexcel Pottsville celebrates its 35th anniversary this month. The plant, located in the St. Clair Industrial Park, converts metallic and non-metallic honeycomb materials into engineered core structures that are used in a variety of commercial and military aerospace applications
including helicopter rotor blades and fuselages, airplane wings and landing gear doors and jet engine nacelles.

Hexcel, an innovator of advanced composites technology and a world leader in honeycomb manufacturing for the commercial aerospace industry, employs more than 300 employees at its Pottsville facility. Of those, nine employees who joined during the first year of operation remain part of the Hexcel Pottsville team.

Karen Dudley, Customer Service Representative and the first employee hired at the site in 1980, said “It’s an accomplishment that Hexcel can celebrate 35 years in business here in Schuylkill County. We have continued to grow, expand and provide unique products to the aerospace industry.”

The facility has experienced tremendous growth over the years due in large part to the commercial aerospace industry moving toward lightweight, high-performance materials such as carbon fiber, honeycomb, reinforcements, adhesives and engineered products.

Plant Manager Stan Bolinsky said, “We want to recognize and thank the Pottsville community as well as all of our employees – both past and present – for their hard work, dedication and contribution during our first 35 years here. We’re looking forward to the next
35 years and more.”

Free rides being offered to all military veterans in appreciation for their service

The Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) announces that they will be offering FREE rides aboard all of their fixed route
buses on Wednesday, November 11th to all Military Veterans. In order to receive the free rides, veterans must present proof of military service to the driver upon boarding the vehicle.

The Schuylkill Transportation System operates ten fixed bus routes Monday thru Friday with limited Saturday service. There are currently over twenty two hundred fixed route bus stops within Schuylkill County. STS provided approximately 207,500 rides during the 2014-2015 year.

According to Brenda L. Zeckman, Veterans Affairs office, there are approximately 16,000 military veterans registered in Schuylkill County.

The Pottsville Area Development Corporation held their annual dinner in the Oak Room at Roma on October 15, 2015. The 65 attendees honored the Yuengling Family for their many contributions to the economy and tourism in the City of Pottsville. The Yuengling Family has
been a keystone in the community since 1829. Representing the family was Debbie Yuengling-Ferhat.

Guest speaker for the event was Tim Holden.

Miller Bros. Construction Inc. (MBCI) completed a sitework project in early October at the Roedersville Game & Fish Association as an in-kind donation to the Pine Grove Youth Hunter Education Challenge. The scope of work consisted of soil cut and fill along with landscaping to create a shooting range and backstop berm for young hunters in training. Also in October MBCI continues with projects for Dollar General Corporation in three Pennsylvania towns, Avis, Oxford and Lake City. Read all about it at Miller Brothers Project