Governor Wolf Announces 350 New Jobs with Expansion of Eurofins Facility in Lancaster County

first_img March 02, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 350 New Jobs with Expansion of Eurofins Facility in Lancaster County Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. (Eurofins), a provider of analytical testing services to the bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental, and medical device industries, will substantially expand the laboratory facility at its existing campus in Lancaster County and create 350 new, full-time jobs and retain 1,500 existing positions“I am pleased to announce that Eurofins will make a significant investment in its Lancaster County campus by expanding its cutting-edge operations in the commonwealth and employing 1,500 hard-working Pennsylvanians with family sustaining jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “Projects like this that utilize the talents of our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce are what will continue to grow our communities and strengthen our economy.”Eurofins plans to construct a five-story, 168,000-square-foot facility to house laboratories and office space at its main campus in Upper Leacock Township. The company will invest $59 million in the expansion project, which includes construction of the facility and purchase new state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation and equipment. Construction is anticipated to start in April 2017 and the company has already begun hiring new employees in anticipation of the building expansion completion.“As one of the largest employers in Lancaster County, we are pleased to take this significant step to expand our capacity and service portfolio to our global client base as well as provide a great place to grow a career. This expansion is the result of the excellent commitment and technical capability of our people in successfully nurturing strategic partnerships with our clients in Europe, North America, and Asia,” said Timothy S. Oostdyk, Ph.D., chairman of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories and group senior vice president for Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing. “Further, we appreciate the critical support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Eurofins’ absolute commitment to aggressively funding growth to enhance the way we serve our customers as well as build the best and widest-reaching global testing network. I believe our aptitude for long-term investments in this space is truly market leading, and it makes for very exciting opportunities.”Eurofins received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $1 million Pennsylvania First Program grant and $1,050,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.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 Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC).“Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a dynamic employer in Lancaster County, with deep local roots and a strong track record of growth,” said EDC President Lisa Riggs. “We are thrilled and excited to see the company’s continued investment here, anchoring the biopharmaceutical and environmental laboratory work of this global scientific services giant. The company’s state-of-the-art facilities and its talented and growing workforce are major contributors to Lancaster County’s robust economy.”Founded in 1961, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a global leader in the analytical testing services field, providing innovative scientific solutions to the top bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental, and medical device industries around the world. The company is a member of Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Group—the largest network of harmonized bio/pharmaceutical GMP product testing laboratories worldwide. Belgium-based parent company, Eurofins Scientific employs 25,000 staff in more than 250 laboratories across 39 countries.View the full-size rendering of the Eurofins expansion project here.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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The Chosen One: The XFL has the potential to entertain fans and stay successful

first_imgWhether it’s the money or the gameplay, the XFL has what it takes to succeed. The real question comes down to whether fans will buy into the league and give it life. One of the great frustrations with the NFL has been its crackdown on the hard hits that many football enthusiasts live to see. Nowadays, you won’t see a massive takedown in the NFL without referees raining down penalty flags. Quarterbacks are protected by the rules as well as their own linemen, as both high and low hits are now strongly penalized. The NFL has gotten rid of blindside blocks, lowered shoulders and other ways to land big hits on other players. Another reason the XFL has the opportunity to succeed is that it has better resources than any past professional football league. In terms of money, the XFL should not have a major problem as long as it can attract fans because McMahon has a safe amount of finances to run the league.  I completely understand that the NFL did this for player safety, and to some extent, I agree with the rules. But overall, I think the league has taken it too far — it has all but eliminated a major part of football and has negatively altered the game. At this past weekend’s games, the XFL drew in around 17,000 fans at each stadium, which is low for football — but at the same time, it also drew in about three million viewers per game on TV. If the XFL can get those numbers to keep growing, I wouldn’t be surprised if we have found a spring football league that is here to stay. For those who don’t know much about it, the XFL was founded by billionaire Vince McMahon — the chairman and CEO of the WWE — who had the vision of creating a version of professional football that is faster-paced and more exciting than the NFL. There are currently eight teams in the league located in major cities around the U.S., including one team right here in Los Angeles. To start off, the XFL offers a style of football that fans love, and looking back at its inaugural weekend, it has succeeded so far in creating a distinct kind of football with its modified rules. The game is faster, higher-scoring and overall more action-packed than the average NFL game. The XFL accomplished this with several rule tweaks, including a new point-after conversion system, the legalization of the double forward pass and a new overtime format. Additionally, the XFL encourages teams to punt and kick less, which adds another wrinkle of fourth-down excitement. The new gameplay is one thing that attracts fans, but another huge, yet controversial,  attraction of the XFL is the return of big hits.  Not only does the XFL provide a unique football viewing experience, but maybe more importantly, the quality of the gameplay is still very high. The XFL could have done anything it wanted with the league to attract fans, but at the end of the day, people won’t want to see games unless the league has good, fundamental football. So far, it appears that the XFL is capable of providing that: The players and coaches are elite and talented, and they have a legitimate chance to prove themselves eligible to NFL teams while in the XFL. The NFL season ended less than two weeks ago, but football is still not over thanks to the creation of America’s newest professional football league: the XFL. That’s where the XFL can come in and fulfill fans’ cravings for hard-hitting action. This past weekend, I saw at least ten big hits that would have easily been penalized in the NFL for one reason or another, but in the XFL, those plays are legal. And I love it.  The XFL has to contend with the fact that there has never been a more successful football league than the NFL. This past year, people thought there would finally be a successful supplement to the NFL after the creation of the Alliance of American Football, the AAF. However, it folded midway through the season because it didn’t have enough money to fund itself. And from the United Football League to the Fall Experimental Football League, the list of failed professional football leagues goes on and on. Still, although the odds are not in its favor, I think the XFL has the potential to establish itself as a sustainable secondary American professional football league.  In addition, the XFL has already established strong media connections, as games are aired on major channels including FOX, ABC and ESPN. The XFL also airs its games during primetime evening weekend hours when plenty of people have the downtime to watch a full game. Having content readily available on major networks gives the league greater exposure and credibility. Fans can watch an XFL game just as easily as they can watch any NFL or NCAA football game. The XFL received generally positive reviews during its opening week, but what makes the average fan think the XFL won’t eventually fizzle out for one reason or another? In addition, the XFL could use some help by getting bigger names into the league. Right now, people might recognize players like former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones or former Raiders punter Marquette King, but for the most part, the league is composed of little-known players who didn’t quite make it in the NFL.  Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Chosen One,” runs every other Thursday.last_img read more

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Indian companies awaiting new licensing round for oil blocks offshore Guyana

first_imgIndia High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr KJ SrinivasaAs Guyana prepares for oil production early next year, having had successful discoveries in several blocks offshore, companies in India are eagerly awaiting the opening of a new licensing round to scoop up oil blocks here.Guyana is expected to have its second oil licensing round in the first quarter of 2020.India had first expressed interest in Guyana’s budding oil and gas industry last year when a high-level Ministerial delegation, which included Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, met with Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, during a visit to the Asian country.Recently, accredited High Commissioner of India to Guyana, Dr KJ Srinivasa told Guyana Times on Wednesday that if more oil blocks become available on the market, then Indian oil companies would “seriously” consider bidding for same.“…We would await Government of Guyana, if they are planning to [open] bidding for more blocks. We would consider that seriously… Our companies believe in transparent bidding and stuff, so they will come and bid if it’s open [because] who doesn’t want oil,” he posited.Head of the Energy Department, Dr Mark Bynoe, had told reporters back in February that next year’s licensing round would be done via a competitive bidding process as opposed to one-on-one deals. He had explained too that they created a new production sharing agreement (PSA) template which will be used to guide future oil contracts.However, he noted that the template would not be a one-size-fits-all, given the varying exploration conditions, but will ensure the best deal for both the country and investor.“This is going to be used in new licensing rounds going forward. Let me emphasise, it’s a template, meaning that we will have varying conditions depending on how we are engaging… It will always be a balancing act on what Guyana wants and how Guyana perceives to get what Guyana wants,” Bynoe had stated.India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister had stated on his twitter handle in February 2018 that the meeting with the Guyanese Ministers was useful, since they “discussed the possibilities of E&P (Exploration & Production) activities by Indian companies in Guyana”.Moreover, he noted that India had agreed to work with Guyana and share its experience in the oil and gas sector. In fact, Minister Pradhan had tweeted: “(India) agreed to work with Guyana and share our experience in the entire gamut of hydrocarbon sector… (We) will share India’s cumulative experience in refinery, petrochemicals and capacity-building in the oil-and-gas sector”.Dr Srinivasa told Guyana Times on Wednesday that Indian companies such as Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Bharrat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) – all state-owned companies – would be interested in buying crude from Guyana in the future.According to the Indian envoy, his country’s refineries are geared towards refining and processing the oil from across the world.“These three are huge and they have the technical expertise, they have the knowledge and the experience to not only develop but also both upstream and downstream activities in any oil production area. They have already bid and got, and also successfully processed, many oil blocks across the world from Russia, Siberia, to Central Asia to South American – we have oil blocks,” he noted.While India already have oil stakes in many territories, it is part of the Asian economic powerhouse’s strategy to ensure security as it relates to its energy needs.With a large economy growing rapidly at 7 per cent and a population of 1.35 billion, Dr Srinivasa pointed out that India’s energy needs are humongous.“So even though we have oil – we have found oil in big quantities in India – but because of our oil requirement, we source it through imports. About 80% comes through imports from around the world,” he noted.India’s primary source for oil is the Gulf region, and up to recently, Venezuela.“We recently started importing oil from the US, so for our companies, we can get oil from anywhere around the world and we can process it as part of our strategy for energy security and also for maintaining long term contracts, and to maintain a stability of oil flow. So we are willing to negotiate with all of the countries with good oil production,” he posited.However, the Indian High Commissioner noted that India will be waiting until first oil before moving ahead with plans to buy oil from Guyana since no mechanism has been stated as how it will be disposed of.US oil giant ExxonMobil is expected to commence oil production in the first quarter of next year. The company’s first Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, Liza Destiny, arrived in Guyana last week. The vessel can produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day and has a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels.Another FPSO with a capacity of 220,000 barrels per day is expected as part of the Liza Phase 2 development, and a third is under consideration for the Payara development. Together, these three developments will produce more than 500,000 barrels of oil per day.last_img read more

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