Member Company News

From the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
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HAZLE TWP. — Simmons Manufacturing Co., in the Humboldt Industrial Park, has received a national labor safety designation. The nation’s second largest bedding manufacturer was the only plant in Luzerne County to earn the “star” worksite designation from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The “star” designation is the highest honor in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs.

Read more: Bedding manufacturing company honored on national level

From the Hazleton Standard-Speaker
By JIM DINO (Staff Writer)
Published: January 30, 2011

A local plant that manufactures steel reinforcement systems for concrete construction has been sold, and its new owners plan to expand production at the location.

On Nov. 19, Insteel Industries Inc., which is headquartered in Mount Airy, N.C., bought Ivy Steel and Wire Inc., including its plant in the Humboldt Industrial Park, for $51.1 million.

H.O. Woltz III, president and CEO of Insteel, said the firm plans to close a plant in Wilmington, Del., at the end of March and move the manufacturing to Humboldt. Closing the plant will eliminate 49 jobs, he said, while the new work in Humboldt will create 12 to 15 new jobs over the next few months.

Read more: Humboldt steel plant has new owner

From the Hazleton Standard-Speaker
By JIM DINO (Staff Writer)
Published: January 23, 2011

U.S. Cold Storage opened a 215,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in June 2008 in the new Humboldt North Industrial Park.

Last October, the company opened a 145,000-square-foot expansion to the plant that is creating 65 new jobs.

The new section has a special feature - LED (light-emitting diode) lighting that is saving the company $8,752.60 a day.

Read more: Humboldt firm estimates LEDs cut energy costs $8,752 a day

The Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Association is proud to announce the winners of our annual Manufacturers & Employers Excellence Awards!

Recipients of the 2010 Manufacturers Excellence Awards:

  • D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. - Product Innovation
  • Mrs. T's Pierogies (ateeco, inc.) - Community Involvement
  • Solar Innovations , Inc. - Energy Efficiencies

Recipients of the 2010 Employers Excellence Awards:

  • Full Service Foods Group -  Expansion
  • Quandel  Group, Inc.  - Community Involvement   
  • US Cold Storage - Energy Efficiencies  
  • PPL EnergyPlus - Energy Efficiencies 

Recipients of the 2010 Honorable Mentions:

  • Valmont - Newmark for Product Innovation
  • InterMetro Industries Corporation for Community Involvement
  • Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. for Energy Efficiencies  
  • Hazleton Health & Wellness Center for Community Involvement
  • Schuylkill County Courthouse for Energy Efficiencies

Being a business owner in today’s economy can be tough, so the more you can do to lower your operating costs and raise your bottom line, the better. That’s where PPL Electric Utilities and E-power can help.PPL E-power

Reducing your electricity use and increasing your energy efficiency are two ways you can save now and keep saving well into the future.

Visit our E-power website at or call 1-866-660-4551 to find out more about programs available to small business, commercial and industrial, and institutional customers.

Many businesses in Northeast Pennsylvania already are taking advantage of E-power programs that save them money and energy and help the environment. From dozens of rebates on lighting fixtures, HVAC and other efficient equipment, to our new compact fluorescent light bulb program for non-residential customers, to custom incentives for energy-saving initiatives, there is something for everyone.

Most rebates for qualifying equipment are retroactive to July 1, 2009, so you already may be eligible for cash back on your energy efficiency investment.

“Businesses, schools and institutions in our area clearly are embracing the energy efficiency message. As their trusted energy advisor, we feel good about that. We want them to succeed and thrive,” said Martha Herron, a PPL Electric Utilities regional community relations director.