Governor Wolf Visits Appvion Spring Mill, Highlighting the Importance of Apprenticeships in Rural Areas

first_imgGovernor Wolf Visits Appvion Spring Mill, Highlighting the Importance of Apprenticeships in Rural Areas November 20, 2017 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Roaring Spring, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited Appvion Spring Mill to meet with employees and apprentices to learn about the 151-year-old plant and to highlight the importance of workforce training and job creation as it pertains to rural Pennsylvania.“Appvion’s long history of growth and innovation in manufacturing paper products, and as a fixture in rural Blair County, emphasizes the impact of a company that gives job seekers and incumbent workers a competitive edge by providing them with practical, hands-on job experience,” Governor Wolf said. “Today was a tremendous opportunity to see first-hand how a company is working with its employees to train them for a career and not just a job, and how this training is benefiting both employees and the company.”Appvion has graduated 33 registered apprentices with the Department of Labor and currently has about 20 active apprentices in occupations that include carpenter maintenance, electrician, electrician maintenance, instrument repair, instrumentation technician, machinist, maintenance mechanic, maintenance repairer, industrial truck mechanic, millwright, pipe fitter, and welder-fitter.The company develops the apprenticeships in partnership with the United Steelworkers.“Appvion Spring Mill has a been part of the Pennsylvania state apprenticeship program for more than 30 years,” said Appvion mill manager Phil Pack. “On-the-job training is an important element of ensuring that we have a highly skilled and competent workforce.”Approved through the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages. It’s estimated that for every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivityThe Wolf Administration established the ATO last year to be responsible for providing outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices.Since its inception, the ATO has added 2,610 new apprentices and 81 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide.For more information on the Apprenticeship and Training Office, visit ATO.Appvion creates product solutions through its development and use of coating formulations and applications. The company produces thermal, carbonless, security, inkjet, digital specialty and colored papers. In addition to the paper mill in Roaring Spring, Appvion has manufacturing operations in Appleton, Wisconsin and West Carrollton, Ohio. Appvion employs approximately 1,400 people and has been 100 percent employee-owned since 2001.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Doc Rivers refutes report of a return to Orlando Magic

first_imgAnd does Rivers have the appetite to remain on the sidelines to coach the Clippers through some version of a rebuild?The suggestion that he may look to earn his paycheck elsewhere is only the beginning of the high stakes the Clippers will face this summer.Staying readyRivers caught some off guard earlier last week when he said Paul Pierce might be able to contribute down the stretch for the Clippers.Before Thursday night in Denver, Pierce had not played since Feb. 5 in Boston.“My job is just to be ready,” said Pierce, who plans to retire after this season. “I ain’t played too many games this year, so my job is just to stay ready.”In his 19th NBA season, Piere said his lack of court time this season has not affected his approach.“I’m thinking I’m going to play every game,” he said. “I prepare like I’m going to play every game. That’s how I prepare. I come here, I work, I prepare mentally, to get ready to play.”Rivers said Thursday that Pierce could help out as a smaller power forward in certain lineups.“He’s so smart,” Pierce said. “When we’re playing with the smaller four I think Paul can help us.”Pierce started the second and fourth quarters for the Clippers against Cleveland, finishing with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 14 minutes. Mid-way through the fourth he scored on a one-handed dunk from the baseline. Rivers, whose primary residence is in the Orlando area, coached the Magic from 1999-2003.When Rivers arrived from Boston in 2013, he said, he established the goal of establishing a sense of “pride of place” with L.A.’s less popular NBA team.“When I took this job that was my goal,” he said. “I haven’t accomplished that yet. That’s my goal that drives me to make this a destination that you want to come to and have pride in. I think we’ve improved it greatly but it’s still not where… I haven’t reached my goal at all, and I’m fully aware of that.“I am a goal seeker, that’s who my life has been and that’s my goal right now. That’s my only goal.”The ramifications of another first round have the potential to be dramatic. Will Paul and Griffin want to reunite for yet another run when each of the first six together have been fraught with disappointment? Can they afford to pay Redick market value with the salary cap at an all-time high? LOS ANGELES >> Doc Rivers forcefully refuted a report that he is considering an offseason exit from the Clippers that would lead him back to the Orlando Magic, the team with which he got his start in coaching.“I have a past with the Magic,” Rivers said Saturday. “I have no future. My future’s here.”Rivers is in the third year of a five-year contract to serve as both the Clippers head coach and president basketball operations. However, with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick all set to hit free agency, there is a league-wide expectation that the Clippers roster could undergo a significant shakeup if the Clippers fail to make a deep run in the playoffs.According to a report from ESPN.com on Saturday, that could include Rivers. Depending on how the rest of the season plays out, the report suggests that owner Steve Ballmer could explore changes throughout the organization. If Rivers were seeking an exit strategy, the option that has coursed through the NBA’s grapevine would be a return to Orlando, where General Manager Rob Hennigan is on the hot seat.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more