Member Company News

The holiday season is about a number of things. Spending time with loved ones, hosting parties, baking cookies and cooking meals are all just a sample of what we do during this time of year. Though this time of year can become very material possession driven, one of the single most important reasons for the season is, of course, giving back.

The word charity comes from the Latin word "caritas," which translates to, "an unconditional love for others." Today charities are designed to provide food, money, volunteer time and much more to the people around the world that need it most.

With that in mind, Sundance Vacations is proud to announce the launching of its newest website. The Sundance Vacations Charities website, which can be found on the web at:

John and Tina Dowd, co-owners of Sundance Vacations, have been giving back to the communities they operate in for decades, but felt that there is always more that can be done. They hope to use the charity site as a way of bringing help and resources to the places that need them the most as well as spreading the word in hopes of getting others involved in giving back.

Read more: Sundance Vacations Launches New Charity Site

Cardinal Systems Inc., manufacturer of steel and polymer wall pool panels, is pleased to announce the selection of John Yeftich as its Midwest Regional Sales Representative.

Yeftich brings over 30 years of experience in the swimming pool industry to his new role. Most recently, Yeftich held senior level assignments in sales, marketing, and management within the POOLCORP organization.

Read more: Cardinal Systems Names John Yeftich as Midwest Sales Representative

Marc H. Lory has been appointed Interim President/Chief Executive Officer at Schuylkill Health announced Tony Baran, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Lory to Schuylkill Health and to our community to help guide our health system to the next level," Baran said. "He brings over 30 years of senior leadership experience in the healthcare industry. We are looking forward to working with Mr. Lory as Schuylkill Health moves forward."

"I am both eager and pleased to begin work with Schuylkill Health's Board of Directors, Medical Staff, Management Team and Employees as we position this community health system to meet the challenges for the future," said Lory.

Mr. Lory has extensive experience managing multi-site, integrated healthcare systems in the nonprofit and university sectors. He joins Schuylkill Health from Meridian Health where he worked for the past 9 years as their Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations and President of Meridian Hospitals Corporation. While there, Lory was responsible for directing the operations of Meridian's five hospitals which supported the delivery of acute health care services for Meridian. Meridian Health is one of the preeminent health systems in New Jersey and is recognized for its full continuum of care serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties, which includes its five hospitals, a state designated children's hospital within a hospital, a variety of ambulatory care services, post-acute care facilities and behavioral health programs.

NEW HR Trainings Scheduled!

Sourcing & Recruiting Solutions

Instructor: Liz Confer, MBA, SPHR, HR Instructor & Consultant, MAEA

Critical to any organization's success is having a highly productive workforce. Many HR chal-lenges center on the idea that organizations actually compete for the most talented employ-ees. Therefore, developing a talent acquisition strategy to attract high-performing employees is vital for HR professionals. In this session the focus is on:

 Reviewing the diverse sourcing options that exist today

 Determining your top sources for recruiting and expanding your talent pool

 Addressing how employment branding will enhance the interest and engagement of can-didates/employees

 Gaining an understanding of the positive connection between your organizations mission and values and HR's talent acquisition strategies

Date & Location: May 29, 2014 9:00am-2:00pm Top of the 80's, Hazleton

Price: $125/Member & $250/Non-Member

Approved for 4 General HRCI Recertification Credits


ADA Title I Employment-Related Concerns

Instructors: Gina Whalen, MS, Director of Education & Member Services, MAEA and

Attorney Claude Schoenberg, Schoenberg Law Office

One in five Americans has a disability. You will hire and/or want to retain good employees who may have or will acquire disabilities. Now more than ever, disability inclusiveness is not just about legal compliance; it will meet your organizational goals, too! Gina Whalen was accepted into the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center's ADA Leadership Network and is conducting trainings developed by Cornell University. Claude Schoenberg will discuss how the courts are grappling with the very topics that matter most to you regarding ADA.

Workshop Agenda

 ADA & Employment Overview

 ADA Amendments Act & Employment

 Reasonable Accommodation

 It's About Talent: Hiring People with Disabilities

 Non-Obvious Disability in the Workplace

 Are you Ready? Preparing for the Workforce of Tomorrow

 Further Resources for Disability & Employment: Continuing the Journey

 Recent Court Opinions regarding Title I

Date & Location: June 30, 2014 9:00am-4:00pm Top of the 80's, Hazleton

Price: $155/Member & $310/Non-Member

Approved for 6 General HRCI Recertification

by Thomas Leskin

Republican Herald

Published: February 8, 2014

Starting next month, America's Oldest Brewery will be shipping up to Boston.

D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., Pottsville, announced Friday that it will be expanding the distribution of its "highly sought after brands" to Massachusetts in early March, making it the 15th state in the brewery's footprint.

This initial rollout includes its flagship beer, Yuengling Lager, as well as Light Lager and Black & Tan brands.

Jen Holtzman, marketing manager at Yuengling, said Friday that the brewery will eventually bring its entire portfolio but believes that focusing initially on the main three is best.

"Porter and (Lord Chesterfield) Ale will likely follow and then seasonals," she said.

Seven wholesalers have been assigned to distribute Yuengling products across the state - Atlas Distributing, Craft Brewers Guild, Girardi Distributing, L. Knife Distributing, Quality Distributing, Seaboard Distributing and Williams Distributing.

According to Holtzman, the expansion isn't the first time Yuengling has been sold in Massachusetts, as this marks a return after it scaled back in the 1990s due to supply limitations.

"They had to pull back when they first introduced Lager and couldn't make enough," Holtzman said. "They had to pull back the footprint. Many people didn't even realize that we were there."

Holtzman said that this expansion was an interesting one, with Yuengling inviting all of the new wholesalers to the new offices at the Mill Creek brewery.

The wholesalers attended a forum where they could ask questions, then got to visit each department in the brewery.

"This is something totally different that we've done this year," she said. "We didn't have the opportunity to do that in Ohio."

In October 2011, Yuengling started marketing in Ohio, allowing it to distribute products in 14 states and Washington, D.C.

Its most recent expansion to Massachusetts is said to be thanks to numerous additions and upgrades to production capabilities.

According to newspaper archives, in 1999, Yuengling bought a former Stroh's brewery in Tampa, Fla., and opened a second brewery there.

In 2000, Yuengling built Yuengling Beer Co. at Mill Creek, just outside Pottsville. Beer production started there April 1, 2001, and in 2003, the Mill Creek brewery started ordering supplies by rail.

In 2010, Yuengling expanded its Mill Creek brewery, adding two buildings and more fermenting and storage tanks.

That same year, Yuengling ranked fourth in the top 50 overall U.S. brewing companies by beer sales volume.

In April 2012, Yuengling announced that the brew house it had been running its operations out of in Florida was about 60 years old and a larger facility was badly needed, so they began work on a new brew house.

The new brewery started running in March or April 2013.

The original factory in Florida was a 450- to 475-barrel system and the new brew house brought a larger capacity, 675 barrels. The project was placed at $5 to $10 million.

Also in April 2013, the Port Carbon Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved a variance for Yuengling to add six storage silos and a liquid adjunct tank to its operation at Mill Creek and the work was completed shortly after.

Holtzman also said that other improvements include a new pasteurizer and packer at Mill Creek that allows Yuengling to run 1,800 bottles per minute when running 24 packs.

"The efficiency that we are running at now is not only unprecedented for the brewery, but for the industry," she said.

With the newest expansion, many may be thinking that Yuengling will now be competing with Boston Brewing Co. on its home turf.

This is also after the announcement in 2012 that Yuengling and Boston Beer shared the title of largest American-owned brewery, when according to the trade publication Beer Marketer's Insights, based in Suffern, N.Y., they sold 2.5 million barrels of beer in 2011.

Holtzman noted that Boston Beer, while headquartered in Boston, Mass., also produces Samuel Adams at a plant in Fogelsville.

"Dick (Yuengling) and Jim (Koch) are close friends," she said. "It's friendly competition."

Richard L. "Dick" Yuengling is the fifth-generation president and owner of the brewery.

According to newspaper archives, it was started in 1829 when David G. Yuengling established the Eagle Brewery on Centre Street in Pottsville.

It burned down in 1831 and a new brewery, D.G. Yuengling & Son, was established at Fifth and Mahantongo streets.

The business has become known as "America's Oldest Brewery," according to its website,