Governor Wolf Announces COE Distributing to Expand, Moving Operations from Out of State to Fayette County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 10, 2017 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced COE Distributing (COE), a wholesale distributor of office furniture and accessories, will expand its footprint in Fayette County and consolidate operations from outside the commonwealth to its site in Smock, creating 20 new, full-time jobs.“Seeing a family-owned company, which has been in Fayette County since 1940, choose Pennsylvania to invest in their future means that we have the location, infrastructure, and pro-business climate for companies to grow,” said Governor Wolf. “Additionally, bringing outsourced jobs to Pennsylvania where they belong is a huge win not just for COE, but for the people of Fayette County.”COE currently leases 127,000 square feet of warehouse space at the Franklin Commercial Park in Smock, PA, and an additional 60,000 square feet in Uniontown. A 138,000 square-foot expansion is planned at Franklin Commercial Park for COE to consolidate the Uniontown facility and bring operations currently being outsourced to a company in Maryland in-house to the expanded facility. The expansion will allow COE to take on new business and improve operational efficiencies. COE has committed to investing at least $10 million into the project, and additionally committed to creating 20 new, full-time jobs and retaining 43 more positions statewide.“COE Distributing is extremely excited and grateful to work with the Governor’s Action Team on our expansion project,” said J.D. Ewing, president and CEO of COE Distributing. “Securing the ability to expand at Franklin Commercial Park will allow us to confidently proceed with our aggressive growth plan and assure our operations will move forward uninterrupted. This would not be possible without the help of the Governor’s Action Team.”COE received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $40,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $9,000 WEDnet grant for job training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $375,000 low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council.“COE is a great success story for our Fayette County economy,” said Bob Shark, executive director at Fay-Penn. “J.D. Ewing has worked diligently to create a world-class company that provides a significant number of great jobs and generates investment here. I know of the effort he expended to launch this expansion, and I’m thrilled that we could partner with the Governor’s Action Team and provide some funding to support it.”COE is a family-owned, third-generation company, operating in Fayette County since the 1940’s. COE specializes in wholesale distribution of office furniture and accessories and deals with key manufacturers such as OfficeSource, FireKing, HPFI, Flexsteel, LA-Z-BOY, VIRCO, and Linea Italia. The company has authorized dealers in 48 states and an extensive web-order business, allowing COE to sell globally.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img Governor Wolf Announces COE Distributing to Expand, Moving Operations from Out of State to Fayette Countylast_img read more


Are We Too Critical In Our Remarks?

first_imgAs a follow-up to yesterday, I was thinking about all the TV and radio shows where sport authorities talk about current athletic teams and/or players.  Just as those sports personalities from yesterday’s blog were suspended, most call-in shows on radio tend to criticizeplayers and teams rather than talk about the positives.  An example is Tracy Jones on WLW Radio.  His show elicits callers who want everyone traded, released, or run out of town.  In my opinion, he seldom disagrees with them.There are several programs on ESPN that do the same thing.  They usually are hosted by ex-pro athletes who may or may not have been top players in their sports.  They now consider themselves experts in the field as they criticize the coaches and players in today’s sports world.   I personally avoid watching or listening to these shows.  They accomplish nothing and aren’t always right (again, in my opinion). That is why I try to stay positive on Coaches Corner.last_img read more


Cleveland St., Oakland meet in Horizon tourney

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 2, 2020 Cleveland St., Oakland meet in Horizon tourney Associated Press center_img LEADING THE CHARGE: Oakland’s Xavier Hill-Mais has averaged 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds while Rashad Williams has put up 15.5 points. For the Vikings, Algevon Eichelberger has averaged 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while Torrey Patton has put up 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Hill-Mais has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all Oakland field goals over the last five games. The senior forward has accounted for 38 field goals and 18 assists in those games.SHARING THE BURDEN: Cleveland State is a perfect 6-0 when at least four of its players score 10 or more points. The team is 5-20 when fewer than four Vikings players score in double-figures.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Cleveland State’s Patton has attempted 57 3-pointers and connected on 43.9 percent of them, and is 6 for 16 over the last three games.DID YOU KNOW: Cleveland State has attempted the second-most free throws among all Horizon teams. The Vikings have averaged 21.7 free throws per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 7 seed Cleveland State (11-20, 7-11) vs. No. 6 seed Oakland (13-18, 8-10)Horizon Conference Tourney First Round, Athletics Center Orena, Oakland, Michigan; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Cleveland State is set to match up against Oakland in the first round of the Horizon tourney. Oakland won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last met on Feb. 13, when the Golden Grizzlies shot 48.3 percent from the field en route to a 79-74 victory.last_img read more