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first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Dunmore, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf toured Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and participated in a roundtable discussion with employees focused on expanding manufacturing jobs in the commonwealth.“Gertrude Hawk Chocolates is a great Pennsylvania business success story,” said Governor Wolf. “Talking to businesses like Gertrude Hawk about how we can help them thrive is extremely important to helping the commonwealth set the table for robust private sector growth to create and retain good jobs while strengthening the middle class.”Gertrude Hawk Chocolates has had three manufacturing locations since 1936, all within a 10-mile radius of each other in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where the company’s signature Smidgens® have always been crafted.Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Governor Wolf plans to invest in job creation by:Partnering with the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.Founded in 1936, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates operates over 60 retail store locations located across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey and a growing e-commerce website. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Governor Wolf Visits Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, Discusses Manufacturingcenter_img June 02, 2017last_img read more

first_img That was something stressed last week by their manager Roberto Martinez. And Stones’ club-mate Steven Naismith has emphasised Everton are very much looking ahead to a future with the 21-year-old centre-back in the team. ”We definitely want him to stay – he is a fantastic guy and footballer, and a mainstay in our team,” forward Naismith told Press Association Sport on Tuesday. ”He has progressed rapidly in the last two years and we want him to continue that under the leadership of the manager (Martinez) and also (Stones’ Everton captain and fellow England centre-back) Phil Jagielka.” Then asked if Everton could cope with the loss should further bids lead to Stones’ departure, Naismith said: ”I think the club’s stance on it has been pretty straightforward and the manager is looking forward with Stonesey in the team. ”The manager has mentioned wanting to strengthen, and I don’t think anyone has ever thought about Stonesey moving on.” Martinez earlier this month said Stones had been affected by Chelsea’s interest, but he subsequently praised the player’s focus in Everton’s opening match of the season, a 2-2 Barclays Premier League home draw against Watford on August 8. And 28-year-old Scotland international Naismith added on Tuesday: ”John has gone about his business day-to-day in training in such a professional manner. Everton’s determination to retain John Stones appears only to have hardened in the face of Chelsea reportedly making a third bid for the defender. The Toffees, who rejected Chelsea’s pre-season offers of £20million and £26million for England international Stones, would not comment on reports on Tuesday they had turned down a fresh £30million bid from the London outfit. But Press Association Sport understands Everton’s stance on the matter has not changed – that Stones is not for sale. ”He has then taken that into the games, because he has been one of the stronger performers in the team since the start of the season.” Speaking about Stones last Thursday ahead of Saturday’s 3-0 win at Southampton, Martinez said: ”I have said before the player is not for sale and that is the end of it. ”He is very important player for us and we are looking forward to seeing the best of John over the next few seasons, not just the next few weeks.” Speculation of Chelsea returning for Stones has heightened after John Terry was substituted by Jose Mourinho for the first time in 177 Premier League games in Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Manchester City and it remains to be seen whether their pursuit of Stones continues. :: For a second year, Steven Naismith is donating tickets for Everton home matches to unemployed football fans throughout the season in an initiative with Jobcentreplus centres across Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more