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


Dodgers promote Dustin May to help bolster pitching after slow deadline

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies May could either stay in the rotation alongside Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda, or Maeda could be bumped to the bullpen, where he has found success the past two postseasons.“We’ve got really talented arms, some in the big leagues some in the minor leagues, that we’re going to spend two months trying to find out the right combination,” Friedman said. “It won’t be a lack of talent. We’re going to throw some high-quality arms at it. We feel good about our ability to do that.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start DENVER — Having mostly stood pat at the trade deadline on Wednesday, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman explained his next move.“All our focus is shifted to going through our guys at the major league level, the minor leagues, to figure out our plan of attack, to figure out that right combination for October,” Friedman said on a conference call.Step one: call up the best pitching prospect in the organization.The team will promote right-hander Dustin May from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Friday’s home game against the San Diego Padres. May is the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect and ranks No. 35 in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.May, 21, is 6-5 with a 3.37 ERA combined at Double-A and Triple-A this season. A third-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft, he has a fastball that can reach 97 mph and two more pitches that grade out as above-average to plus.Before getting promoted in June, the 6-foot-6 May was 3-5 with a 3.74 ERA in 15 starts for Double-A Tulsa. He had 86 strikeouts and 20 walks in 79⅓ innings with the Drillers. He is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in five starts with Oklahoma City, including 24 strikeouts and nine walks in 27⅓ innings.The Dodgers added lefty reliever Adam Kolarek and utilityman Jedd Gyorko in separate deals before Wednesday’s 1 p.m. PDT trade deadline.They were not able to acquire Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Felipe Vazquez, a pitcher they had been linked to for weeks, but the addition of May provides an intriguing option. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more