Member Company News

PFN Strategic investment in North American Center of Excellence
New jobs for the Hazleton community announced
PFNonwovens, a leading global producer of nonwoven fabrics with operations in Europe, USA and Africa, is investing to expand its Hazleton site in Pennsylvania. This expansion at its North America center of excellence will significantly increase manufacturing capacity and allow PFN to grow its medical and hygiene markets.
The investment, in two phases, will enhance both global and regional innovation to meet the growing market needs for high levels of softness, comfort and sustainability.
Phase 1, which is now underway, will see an initial outlay of more than $70m for an expansion of the manufacturing facilities at the Hazleton site to include the latest Reicofil R5 technology. This exciting plan allows PFN to commercialize innovation that combines two proprietary technologies in order to produce revolutionary, cottony-soft hygiene products for the North American market. Completion of phase 1 is planned for mid-2021.
“We are the first to invest in the latest R5 machinery in the US. This commitment, in combination with our unique proprietary technology, allows us to produce consumer-preferred ultra-high loft, soft and textured nonwoven fabrics. This solidifies PFN’s position as a global leader in the production of innovative spunmelt nonwoven fabrics.” said Shane Vincent, Chief Commercial Officer & Global Head of Business Development.
PFN’s Chief Technology and Product Development Officer, Tonny de Beer, highlighted that “PFN has always been a pioneer of the latest technology. These investments allow us to continue our leadership in the commercialization of innovative hygiene and medical nonwovens, and pave new ways to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impact.”
A Phase 2 site expansion will see PFN invest in the building of a second production line presently scheduled for completion in 2022.
This latest development at the Hazleton site is expected to result in more than sixty new job opportunities at PFN over the course of the next two to three years. Mary R. Malone, President of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, heralded the news. “It is heartening to hear of long-term job opportunities for our local community, which is even more welcome as we continue to fight the economic impacts of the COVID pandemic”, she said. “PFN will bring employment opportunities to a significant number of families, which is to be applauded”.
PFN has been awarded the 2020 Large Business of the Year by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes contributions to the economy and welfare of the community overall as evidenced by growth, staying power, community contributions and management philosophy. PFN offers competitive compensation including generous starting wages, competitive benefits program and opportunities for advancement. Individuals seeking employment opportunities are invited to visit
About PFN:
PFNonwovens is a leading global producer of customized nonwoven fabrics. We make innovative products across multiple key markets.
Baby Care: delighting moms, dads and babies alike
Medical: protecting medical professionals
Adult Incontinence & Fem Care: providing discreet protection and comfort

The group was created in June 2018 by bringing the US-based First Quality Nonwovens and Czech-based Pegas Nonwovens under one roof. PFNonwovens is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, and operates five production plants worldwide: two in the Czech Republic, and one each in the United States, Egypt, and South Africa.

PFN’s mission is to lead in material innovation and break down barriers to sustainability. By combining state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities with best-in-class quality and customer-service culture, we develop and commercialize superior nonwoven fabrics that improve quality of life, deliver exceptional value and a brighter future for our planet. We continuously advance to create the future of nonwovens for personal care and healthcare industries.

On Thursday, December 17, 2020, Johnson College is holding its annual Transfer Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Moffat Student Center on its campus in Scranton, PA. The College is encouraging current college students interested in changing the direction of their education and ultimately their career path to visit its campus.

Students will be able to meet with representatives from Enrollment, Financial Aid, Career Services and Counseling and Disability Services. In addition, staff members from the Registrar’s Office will be on-hand for transfer credit analyses and review potential schedules for the upcoming semester. Students will learn why Johnson College is the leader in hands-on education; how it exposes students to industry from day one; and how its two-year degree programs, focusing on careers in essential industries, have the highest return on investment in the short-term.

To attend Transfer Day at Johnson College, students must register online at or contact the College’s enrollment team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (570) 702-8856.

Johnson College provides real-world, hands-on learning in a caring environment and prepares graduates to enter into or advance in their careers. Johnson College degrees become essential careers. Johnson College was founded in 1912, and is the region’s premier technical college, offering associate degrees in 15 programs. An emphasis on hands-on instruction is supported by a low student-to-teacher ratio. Located in Scranton on a 44-acre campus, the College is an accredited, private, non-profit, co-educational institution with a strong tradition of working with regional business and industry to ensure a skilled and qualified workforce. For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit

Solar Innovations®, a single-source provider of custom-glazed doors, windows, skylights, and structures, recently announced a new patent for a Continuous Sill for Doors with Sidelites.

This continuous sill assembly is installed under each doorway, sidelite, and vertical door frame member. This includes vertical jambs, mull posts, and vertical members of sidelites. Variations of the assembly allow for both inswing and outswing door operation. To shed water away from the building, a backstop with optional end dams is incorporated into the design, allowing for installation without an additional sill pan or flashing. An additional self-sealing continuous membrane is still recommended. To heighten thermal performance, the sill assembly can include one or more optional thermal breaks, that can be aligned with the thermal breaks of the door(s), sidelites, and vertical door frame members.

This innovation is another step forward in Solar Innovations®’ mission to provide the highest quality and most advanced architectural glazing products in the industry. For more information on the Continuous Sill for Doors with Sidelites, or any other Solar Innovations® products, please contact Solar Innovations® directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800 618 0669.

Solar Innovations was a MAEA 2020 Excellence Awards winner for Manufacturer Product Innovation. 


Brendon Minnich - Solar Innovations





LVBCH & MAEA Partnership Brings New PBM Options to Employers

Since 2018, MAEA and LVBCH have partnered to offer members the opportunity to save on a full range of employee benefits at exclusive rates not available to individual employers. With many employers currently engaging in open enrollment activities, you are encouraged to consider the many benefits and plan options available to MAEA members through LVBCH.

Most recently, LVBCH announced endorsement of Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Preferred Partners Express Scripts and WellDyne.

“Through our partnership with the Coalition, MAEA members have the opportunity to realize significant savings on a full range of employee benefits at exclusive rates not available to individual employers,” said Darlene J. Robbins, President of MAEA. “The announcement of new Preferred Partners for PBM provides our members with choice and additional opportunities to realize savings through our partnership with LVBCH.”

Carl Seitz, President of LVBCH added, “Planning for open enrollment is a great time to explore all of the options available to your company. LVBCH works closely with MAEA, employers, and the broker & benefit consultants communities. Because there is strength in numbers, LVBCH, along with MAEA, is able to negotiate rates that are lower than most single organizations could negotiate on their own. We are happy to assist employers interested in learning more. You can also request a quote of LVBCH pricing from your broker or directly from any of our partners.”

In addition to Prescription Benefit Manager (PBM) Partners, Express Scripts and WellDyne, LVBCH offers preferred programs for medical, dental, vision, and much more. Current Preferred Partners include: Capital BlueCross, Geisinger Health Plan, United Concordia Dental, EyeMed, IBH, BSI Core, B Swift & USI, BeneFIT Corporate Wellness, and Geneia.

Offer your employees better quality benefits at exclusive rates… are start saving money today!

For additional information on all the employee benefits programs available,
Darlene Robbins: (570) 622-0992 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or Donna Corsi: (610) 317-0130 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAEA Annual Excellence Awards Dinner 

Please Join us in Honoring Our Manufacturers and Employers Who Have Demonstrated Excellence in 2019!Join us for an evening of celebrating and recognizing area manufacturers and service-providing firms.

Date: May 5, 2020 Cancelled
Location: Mt. Valley Golf Clubhouse, 1021 Brockton Mountain Road, Barnesville, PA 18214
Time: Cash bar 5:00pm, Dinner 6:00pm

We are Proud to Announce the Winners of our Annual Manufacturers & Employers Excellence Awards

Recipients of the Manufacturers Excellence Awards:
Hydro- Community Involvement
UFP Industries Gordon LLC- Process Improvement
Solar Innovations- Product Innovation
Clearly Clean Products, Inc. - Expansion
Hood Packaging Corporation - EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety

Recipients of the Employers Excellence Awards:
M&T Bank- Community Involvement
Schuylkill Technology Center - Product Innovation
Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital - Expansion

Honorable Mention Manufacturers:
KB Systems, Inc.- Product Innovation
Omnova Solutions, Inc. - Product Innovation

Honorable Mention Employers:
Miller Bros. Construction Inc.- Community Involvement
Walmart Supply Chain, DC 7030 - Expansion
2019 MAEA Commitment Award Recipient:
PPL Electric Utilities

Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

For more information or to register to attend the dinner or be a sponsor, please email Joani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (570) 622-0992. You can also review our other offerings by visiting our website at www.nep