Voice of the Valley May 2021

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SUN Area Technical Institute: Changing the Pathway Between Education and Industry By Jennifer Hain, Administrative Director of SUN Area Technical Institute


s the workforce continues to age, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinists are in high demand across the valley. Through 2026 nearly 450 jobs as CNC Machinists are expected to be open in the area, that is a 7.1% increase from the previous years’ projections. On an annual basis, 45 positions are expected to be open each year across Central Pennsylvania according to the Department of Labor and Industry. A new concept to fill the skills gap was created, a consortium approach to apprenticeships and industry engagement. SUN Area Technical Institute partnered with several career and technical centers and high schools to form the Central Pennsylvania Apprentice Consortium (CPAC). CPAC plans to build a diverse pathway for high school students and adults to obtain family sustaining wage jobs as CNC Machinists in our region. SUN ATI’s Registered PreApprentice Program is part of the Precision Metalworking program. SUN ATI anticipates 14 students from the Class of 2021 to complete the PreApprentice Program, earning interviews with the business partners upon graduation. John Merrell is currently a senior at SUN Tech completing the Precision Metalworking pre-apprenticeship program and The program curriculum is apprenticeship program at PMF located in Williamsport. aligned to match the outcome goals for the CNC Registered Apprenticeship Program Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and approved by the held by Keystone Central School District, a CPAC member Pennsylvania Department of Education for a minimum 990 hours school. Currently, five (5) participants are enrolled in the CPAC of technical training. A key feature of the program for students is Registered Apprenticeship Program. there is no cost, leaving them debt free and earning a living wage. The program expands opportunities for local high school The educational centers partnering with SUN ATI to form students, incumbent workers, and new hires – including women, CPAC are Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and minorities, individuals with low-income, and those facing other Technology, Columbia-Montour AVTS, Jersey Shore Area School barriers to employment. At SUN ATI, every student entering District, Keystone Central School District, and Williamsport Area the Precision Metalworking program will have an opportunity High School. Each center has Labor and Industry approved preto participate. Many are unaware that SUN ATI also offers day apprentice programs and work collaboratively to train registered and evening programs for adults. The program is comprised of apprentices. The apprenticeship ecosystem also includes industry related technical theory, hands-on skills, and the opportunity business partners such as ANDRITZ, Inc., PMF Industries, Inc., to earn four (4) NIMS credentials during the year at SUN ATI. Pneu-Dart, Inc., Norcen Industries Inc., and Ralph S. Alberts Co. At the conclusion of the pre-apprentice program students will Inc. be connected with employers through cooperative education Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation programs and registered into the apprentice program upon (CPWDC) received $250,000 to help the group start the program graduation. SUN ATI’s program is accredited by the National from the PAsmart Growing Registered Apprenticeships and

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Hepco Construction Inc. – Helping to Build Lives and Communities for over 50 Years

f someone were to ask Larry Eckstine, CEO and President of Hepco Construction Inc., Selinsgrove, why he still looks forward to work every day after 50 plus years in the construction industry, he would simply answer, “Because I love what I do and I work with a great team! “ Hepco Construction Inc., founded in 1969 and acquired by Eckstine in 1987, provides a full range of remodeling and new construction projects serving industries, institutions and homeowners. Those services are provided through various methods of delivery including competitive bids, design-build, fast track, and construction management. However, none of it could be possible without collaboration and a team approach as all projects, large or small, require team effort. Hepco prides itself on assembling a team that’s striving for one common goal-- to complete the project successfully. Successful projects at Hepco are on-time, in budget, and of superb quality. Thus, it is important to put the right team members on any given project. No project is the sole result of one player and even after 50 years of experience, this CEO recognizes that the success of a building project cannot be attributed to one individual but to a well-connected network of like-minded individuals with similar values, vision, and passion. Assembling a crew that is skilled, experienced, and loyal has kept Hepco service-oriented and quality-driven even during this difficult pandemic year. The construction industry is one of the growth


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industries of today that has a great impact on the economy of any region it serves. The quality of life in our area depends upon a thriving future for our communities and buildings play a vital role in that future. “Construction is about people helping people build more than buildings. We are involved in building strong foundations for a strong future,” says Eckstine. “Early on we recognized that the construction business is a service profession. We help build lives and communities. It is our way to ‘give back’.” And we practice that giving with safety in mind. We have had five plus years of no time lost injuries on the job. While the landscape of the construction industry may change, construction firms compete with other rising industries for new and younger workers. And, though the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be seen, and safety protocols, employee health, and supply chains have all been impacted, it is widely noted the rising costs of materials and the availability of labor challenge construction companies. Eckstine would encourage young men and women to consider construction careers. “Nothing feels better than to build for a friend and have them remain a friend; to build for a client and have that client become a friend, or, to drive through your community and note with pride buildings and homes that your team helped to establish! We build for tomorrow. And we are proud that much of our business comes from previous clients or referrals from those we serve.”

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Hepco job superintendent, James Fulcher, and Hepco carpenter, Terry Ries, working on inside finishes for the Union County Public Library current renovation and expansion project, "ReImagine, ReFresh, and RePurpose".



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Pre-Apprenticeships in Pennsylvania Grant Program. The driving force behind this grant is the concept of building a diverse pipeline of workers who can train alongside seasoned professionals, sharing the culture and standard of American custom products. CPWDC has been instrumental in assisting the team with coaching and supports to bring the ecosystem to life. SUN Tech serves high school students from the Lewisburg, Midd West, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove, and Shikellamy School Districts, as well as East Juniata, Milton and Warrior Run. SUN also serves adult students in our daytime programs. All programs and courses are designed to provide the skills needed for the workplace, college, or entry into the military. For more information about the pre-apprentice program or becoming an apprenticeship business partner, please reach out to Jennifer Hain, Administrative Director, 570-966-1031 x. 110. For more information about adult enrollment at SUN ATI, reach out to Thomas Boyer, Workforce Development Coordinator, at 570-966-1031 x. 125.

President’s Message | Welcome New Members

Just A Word...


Board of Directors

By: Bob Garrett President & CEO, The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

Why You Should Care about Vocational Education

or starters, let’s make sure that we’re using a common definition of Vocational Education. The phrase, vocational education, refers to a system or a course of study which prepares people of many different skill levels and intelligence for jobs that are based on manual or practical activities. Traditionally, vocational education is non-academic in nature and exclusively related to a specific trade, occupation, or vocation. While academics are important, even crucial, to a given person’s vocational success these courses are usually taught apart from actual vocational classes. Because the overall course of study is vocation or job based, the entire effort has been labeled Vocational Education. Right up until the end of the 1990s, or the twentieth century, the aim of nearly all vocational education was to focus of specific trades such as auto mechanic, plumber, or welder. Unfortunately, these professions were seen by some as a lower social class and therefore, vocational education became stigmatized. Vocational education is more closely related to the age-old apprenticeship system than to some misunderstood and overemphasized class system. Great empires, societies and huge fortunes were built by apprentices, who became journeyman and finally masters of their trade.

President/CEO Bob Garrett rgarrett@gsvcc.org

Executive Director of Operations & Workforce Jenny Wentz jwentz@gsvcc.org

Moving deeper into the twenty-first century there seems to be a broadening appreciation for those who are skilled in the trades. A new moniker that we hear often is “Makers,” or people who can craft and fix things and make things work. These things can be everything from IT devices to fashion wear to personalized funeral services to water-saving toilets. Modern vocational education is multifaceted and tends to revolve around career clusters such as cosmetology, healthcare, information technology, mechatronics, metal products, woodworking, and other fields. Vocational and college education are not mutually exclusive. In fact, now more than ever, vocational education is a life-long pursuit that can and does take many different forms including on college campuses. So, why should we all care about vocational education? Because that’s where the jobs are and where the careers of the future are going to be created. Learn more about these careers and the career opportunities being offered by the SUN Career and Technology Center located in New Berlin. Read on in this edition to get many of your vocational education questions answered by this edition’s sponsor, SUN Tech, where the future is being invented right now for many of your neighbors.

Executive Director of Membership & LSV Chris Berleth cberleth@gsvcc.org

Chair Art Thomas, Meck-Tech Inc. & Diversified Construction

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Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency

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Sue Greene, Union County


Greg Zeh, Weis Markets


Bob Garrett, GSVCC

Region Vice Presidents Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jeff Reber, Union County Commissioner Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

Phil DeRose, UPMC Susquehanna Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank Gene Welsh III, GDK Development

Directors John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Sam Haulman, Service Electric Cablevision Malcom Derk, Susquehanna University Kendy Alvarez, Fidelis Mortgage Steve Stumbris, Bucknell SBDC Chad Evans, Stone State Entertainment Rachel Smith, Evangelical Community Hospital

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Chamber partnerships | Leadership Susquehanna Valley

Strengthening the Susquehanna Valley by Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Cultivating a Different Crop By Chris Berleth, LSV Executive Director

Darryl Bowersox, Owner of Hill View Christmas Tree Farm, demonstrates tree grafting to the Class of 2021.

The Class of 2021 listens closely to Barry Sands of Fulton Bank, lunch sponsor at the LSV Agriculture Program Day.


n a near return-to-normal, Leadership Susquehanna Valley welcomed a change of pace in April, hosting the Class of 2021 in a (mostly) in-person format for the first time since October. Thanks to Program Day Sponsor Kreamer Feed, Morning Session Sponsor Growmark FS and Afternoon Session Sponsor Fulton Bank, the Agriculture-themed program was a rousing success, as it blended a virtual morning session featuring Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding with an in-person afternoon session while spanning four Valley agriculture institutions. I call these locations “institutions” intentionally, as the ownership of each upends the age-old, pervasive Hollywood stigmas of the “country bumpkin”, the “half-witted hillbilly” and the “backwoods bigot”. Swinging by the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction the Class of 2021 saw what a bold, $1,000 investment in 1987 earned a few forwardthinking farmers – a $19 million per year business which nets shareholders a 500% return annually. Thriving in spite of COVID even without online sales, the auction cannot seem to expand fast enough, constantly filling its more than 90,000 square feet with product including some of the largest pumpkin and Christmas tree sales (respectively) on the east coast. Just pumpkins - no bumpkins here. Connecting with Pik-Rite Vice President Kevin

Baker, the class heard how faith, compassion, and a fair shake have created a company culture that routinely inspires an increasingly diverse workforce to take advantage of second chances, share vacation days with one another and become Pennsylvania’s small business of the year. Not bad for a CEO with an eighth-grade education, whose team of innovators ask us again – why does it cost less money to do business with farmers in Poland than to ship via freight to California? Carl Zimmerman and his family run a unique vineyard and winery – a winery which grows all of its own wine grapes on-site and partners with local farms to bring in new flavors from local produce such as apple and cherries. When he brought his vision to fruition (pun intended), Carl’s endeavor became just the 43rd vineyard and winery in Pennsylvania. Now there are more than 300, and there’s no fear in competition either, says Carl’s daughter Amy Scorsone, who points out that a growing agri-tourism industry in the Valley and beyond is helping to make Shade Mountain Vineyard and Winery a destination. Everywhere we turn, agriculture businesses are reminding us of the importance of caring for one’s people and for genuineness. Kreamer Feed literally saved the backs of their employees by investing in a robotic pallet loader and stacker; Ken Shaffer’s dairy farm invested in robotic milking

Kevin Baker, Vice President of Pik-Rite addresses the LSV Class of 2021 at the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction. This marks the class’s first return to an in-person program since October.

machines in part so that their family could enjoy after-school activities. As global demand is met with increasing efficiency (less cows producing more milk with less water), more conservation, greater technology, and under the implementation of the mom-and-pop businesses we love to support, we are reminded that 2% of the population makes the food which is consumed by 100% of the world, and we are reminded of that age-old statistic for non-profits,

that 80% of the work is done by 20% of the volunteers. If LSV is tasked with cultivating a “different” crop, a crop of community leaders who know what’s going on behind-the-scenes in the communities of the Valley, perhaps there’s a few things we might learn about work ethic, “sweat equity” and innovation from our neighbors in the fields, forests, and barns. Thanks again to our sponsors for helping us to make these connections!

Good Decisions require more than knowledge By: Caz Russell, Leadership Development Facilitator


asn’t long after I passed my drivers test, that I really wanted and needed a new car. A 1964 Chevrolet, Impala, two doors, cream in color, automatic transmission and a radio with a wonder bar channel selector. It was a boat of a car. I mean huge, very long and very wide. When I drove it around town, I was the original Fonze from Happy Days, okay, maybe in my mind. This 327 cubic inch engine with 250 horsepower motor was a gem. Upon purchasing it for $900.00 I immediately proceeded to have Thrush mufflers on it instead of the standard ones. Did I say it “purred!” with a low guttural tone that only muscle car owners love. Saving up enough money, I just had to buy new wheels for it called ‘Chrome Slots” along with wide oval white raised letter tires. She glistened. This was in 1971. Are your emotions revving? Last month we talked about our Emotional Intelligence with the 1st quadrant being Self Awareness. Self-awareness is being aware of the range of your feelings and emotions which may be both positive and negative. Emotional Intelligence Quadrant II – “Self-Management” builds upon our self-awareness of our emotions and managing them to help us make good decisions and build quality relationships. While there are many emotions for each of us to know and understand, allow me to ask you a few questions pertinent to 5 emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, fear and ashamed. Can you remember a time when your happiness either aided or destroyed the outcome of your decision? Have you allowed sadness to keep you from achieving something you wanted all of your life? When in a heated conversation, have you felt your anger being expressed in a not so helpful way? Does fear prevent you from sharing important information that needs to be known by all in the group? Have you felt so ashamed of your reactions to a situation that causes you to have a lack of self-worth? In the late 1960’s and 70’s it was common to cruise the streets of local towns and municipalities in the Susquehanna Valley. Friday and

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Self-Management tools to learn: • Take control of your self-talk. Identify and remove all stinking thinking. • Make it a point to learn something from everyone you meet. • Sleep hygiene or lack thereof is a major contributor to our emotional outcomes. • Set aside time for problem solving. Next month we will explore Quadrant III of Emotional Intelligence – Social Awareness “To listen is to learn!” Caz Russell LLC Author of “NUGGETS” Human Behavior Consultant Leadership speaker, teacher, trainer & coach! DISC & Emotional Intelligence facilitator www.cazrussell.com caz@cazrussell.com Saturday nights were a rite of passage for a lot of teenagers. More than one time I remember flashing red lights appearing in my rearview mirror signaling an end to my emotional high for the evening. Worse yet, was the emotional feeling that crept over me when I needed to report the nights activities to my mother and father. In the movie “Gladiator” Proximo (Oliver Reed) tells Maximus (Russell Crowe) “Win the crowd, win your freedom!” ‘Soft skills’ some call them. Not me, I call them ‘human skills!’ If we are willing to learn and grow and have a self-awareness of our emotions, then we are capable of managing them. The strongest driver of leadership is having a high Emotional Intelligence.

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egister your business/organization today for the 2021 Virtual Career Pathways Expo on May 13th! This virtual event is presented by Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) and the PA CareerLink® in partnership with the Central PA Career Pathways Partnership. The goal of the 2021 Virtual Career Pathways Expo is to introduce students to the wide variety of career and educational pathways that will lead to successful futures. This event is open to students from Lewisburg, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, and SUN Area Technical Institute. This event will feature employer panels in the morning and a career fair style expo in the afternoon. Students who attend the 2021 Virtual Career Pathways Expo will learn about current and future career opportunities and the local outlook, available programs to build high value skills, and other tips to prepare for life after graduation. Representatives will be present from healthcare, manufacturing, law enforcement, military, hospitality, post-secondary education and more.





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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Women Leaders in the Valley

Women Leaders in the Valley

Women’s Leadership Committee Member Spotlight

Spotlight: Q&A

Jody Ocker, Chairperson of Sunbury Semiquincentennial Planning Committee; Chairperson of ThinkSunbury Committee under Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc Tell us a little bit about yourself I was born and raised in Sunbury, youngest of the four daughters of Sidney and Martha Ocker. I graduated from Shikellamy High School in 1982. After high school, I didn’t take a direct route through college, starting at Penn State to study engineering and graduating from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1989. All my life I dreamed of traveling the world and having a life of adventure. So, as I was graduating from nursing school, I really couldn’t envision staying in my hometown and working at the local hospital. The Air Force beckoned and I answered the call, commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and going off to my first active duty assignment at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi in the fall of 1989. This was the beginning of a 28-year career that provided many opportunities for personal and professional growth, not to mention adventure, as I moved from assignment to assignment overseas and stateside. I retired as a full Colonel in December 2017 culminating my career as the Command Nurse and Medical Operations Division Chief for Air Combat Command. As I was planning my life after retirement, I considered that I could live anywhere in the world. I came home to Sunbury to be near family and to enjoy being in the beautiful region and community where I grew up. What is a typical day like for you? Being retired, I am grateful to be the keeper of my own schedule. I tried being completely retired with no plan to take a job or have a second career. After 6 months, I realized that was not going to work for me. I needed to be challenged. Although my 2 years as City Administrator were not a good fit, I learned a lot about Sunbury and approaches to community and economic development. I am actively engaged in three major efforts at this time: Chairperson of Sunbury Semiquincentennial Planning Committee; Chairperson of ThinkSunbury Committee under Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc; and running for Mayor. I start each day browsing the news in the Daily Item, cable news, and a couple of news magazines. I check my email and schedule to decide what I need to do today to keep each of the projects I’m involved in moving forward. Then I do that. I appreciate this pace very much. In many jobs, the day is so consumed by putting out fires and taming the chaos, you don’t have time to think, explore, research, or go down a rabbit hole. I highly value the opportunity to do those things. How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated? Primarily my motivation is to have a positive impact in whatever I do…that, and fear of failure. There have been times that I took something on or was given an assignment and thought, “I do not have the knowledge or skills to do this! What have I gotten myself into?” Then I return to my motivators, positive impact and fear of failure, pull up my big girl pants, and do the best I can. I must like being outside my comfort zone because I put myself there all the time. It can be overwhelming. To unwind in the evening, I recap the day in my mind and list all the things I got done or made progress on and try not to let my head spin on all that is yet to be accomplished. Then I make a plan for what to work on tomorrow. It doesn’t always work. Deep breathing and relaxation techniques help a great deal too…and I’m getting better at it. Who inspires you and why? There is no specific person that inspires me, but I know one when I see one. I am a huge fan of women who are getting it done… whatever the “it” is. These women are confident, smart, articulate, and lead from the front. I am also inspired by leaders, men or women, who lead with vision, compassion, energy, and humility. As a woman leader, what has been the most significant barrier in your career? I can’t say I have experienced any barriers in my career. The Air Force was a really good fit for me and my progression through the ranks is evidence of that. I think my post-military transition has been challenging. It’s very hard to go from 100 miles an hour, making operational and policy decisions every day in an organization that had structure and systems I fully embraced and understood to retirement. One can begin to feel irrelevant. Civilian life is different and I’m still learning the ropes. What advice would you give to the next generation of women leaders? Some pearls that were cast to me as I was growing up in the Air Force are applicable no matter where you are. First, do a very good job in the job you’re in. This will lead to opportunities for advancement to higher levels of authority and responsibility. Once you’ve reached those higher levels, don’t forget to reach back and give opportunities to those who are doing very good jobs in the jobs they’re in. Follow your interests. It’s hard to do a great job at something you have little interest in. However, if you find yourself in that job, do a very good job while you’re looking for another place to be. Do the brave thing. Being in a position of authority and responsibility is scary. Some decisions are really tough. Confrontation with people who have opposing views is uncomfortable. Help yourself by making it your business to gather the necessary information, consult with experts, and discuss with your team. Then make the best decision you can based on what you know at the time. Finally, never forget that you are leading PEOPLE. It’s your job to give them the tools and support they need to be successful. Their success is your organization’s success is your success. Servant leadership is the

Mental Health Awareness Month


By Stacey Piecuch, Senior Director of Community Impact, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way

he past year of a pandemic has created prolonged periods of social isolation and disruptions in the workplace, school setting and community, increasing anxiety levels and loneliness. It is imperative that we focus on our collective mental health, examine barriers to needed behavioral health services and ensure additional resources are created and accessible. Even prior to COVID-19, in the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) results, around 40% of students in our local school districts responding indicated they felt sad and depressed most days of the year. Mental health, including youth mental health, has been an increasing focus of our work at Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way (GSVUW) through our Youth Mental Health Taskforce and discussions at our Behavioral Health & Addiction Impact Council. In early 2019, after several youth suicides in our region, GSVUW with various partners and local school districts convened a Youth Mental Health Taskforce to discuss the gaps in service and related needs for youth and families. The GSVUW Youth Mental Health Strategic Plan was subsequently published in January 2020 with challenges identified and short and long-term goals and targeted outcomes proposed to improve upon depressive symptoms and ‘total protection’ factors of adolescents while eliminating adolescent deaths by suicide. Objectives include to expand access to mental health providers and treatment, increase socialemotional learning and mental health resources, incorporate trauma training and trauma-informed programming, and eliminate stigma surrounding mental health treatment while creating a community-wide whole-child approach. Short-term action items implemented at GSVUW recently include our Kindness Campaign (creating social connections and

Olivia Zellers is the Regional Finance Manager for Keystone Human Services. She, along with her team, oversees the finances for seven Regional Offices across Pennsylvania in Intellectual Disability Services. Olivia is most appreciative that she can do something that she loves for a company that is committed to assist all individuals in living and achieving value in their everyday lives. She also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House. Olivia graduated from Central Penn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She is also a 2020 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley. Olivia resides in Sunbury with her husband Troy and their cat, Hot Rod. She is also the proud Aunt of 10 nieces and nephews.

Service 1st Team Members Complete Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program By: Kelly Knorr, Marketing & Communications Specialist

(Danville, PA) -- Two Service 1st Federal Credit Union employees recently completed the Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) through the CrossState Credit Union Foundation. Missy Thomas, Assistant Market Manager, Service 1st Bloomsburg Office; and Tina Cupp, Assistant Market Manager, Service 1st Loyalsock Office earned their Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) designation by completing the Program. The FiCEP program provides credit union professionals with the skills they need to help members achieve their financial goals. This was the fourth group of Service 1st professionals to attend this program. To date, 21 Service 1st team members have earned their CCUFC designation. For more information, contact Service 1st at 800.562.6049 or visit the credit union online at www.service1.org.

Missy Thomas, Assistant Market Manager, Service 1st Bloomsburg Office

Tina Cupp, Assistant Market Manager, Service 1st Loyalsock Office About Service 1st: We’re a little different, but that’s why you’ll like us. Service 1st Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with total assets exceeding $517 million. We put the financial goals of our 36,000 + members at the heart of everything we do. Whether in one of our branches located in Bloomsburg, Danville, Elysburg, Lewisburg, Loyalsock, Mifflinburg, Montandon, Shamokin Dam, Sunbury, and Wilkes-Barre, or out-andabout in the community, our credit union team shares seven core values that ensure our focus is always to strengthen the financial lives of our members and our community.

Stacy Piecuch (right) distributing a Be Kind sign to a local resident in February 2020.

positivity), growing our youth ambassador network, and expanding evidence-based parenting programs (including our Parents As Teachers and Strengthening Families 1014 Programs). In addition, we have recently hired Bette Grey, a patient advocate, to enroll children in Medicaid in order to have access to school-based services; in the first month, there were 15 referrals and 100% of them were approved for Medicaid. Finally, this spring we launched our GROW (Gaining Resiliency and Obtaining

Wellness) initiative with a speaker series leading up to a mid-May virtual Resiliency Summit (www.gsvuw.org/grow). The GROW initiative is a joint effort with multiple learning tracks to create a more trauma informed and trauma sensitive community. We hope to reduce stigma surrounding mental health while improving access to supports and creating regional programming towards becoming a more resilient, healthy and positive community.

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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Skilled Trade & DIY in the Valley

hen the Glicks team started out in the 1970’s, smart phones, smart homes and the internet didn’t even exist! Fast forward nearly 50 years and the garage door and opener experts at Glick, Inc are staying ahead of the curve when it comes to utilizing new technologies to keep customers' homes and businesses safe. “Whether it’s an iphone, a droid or any other mobile platform, you now have the piece of mind of using the tech in your home to protect it!” says Scott Karpinski, Owner of Glick, Inc. “One of our tried and true partners, Liftmaster, has been a real innovator in using wireless connectivity to improve the quality of life for our customers. Their myQ connectivity, allows for


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residential and commercial door operators and gate operators to be controlled right from your smartphone or through cloud-based software.”

Karpinski proudly stated. Liftmaster’s tech alerts the customer when a door or a gate has been left open and offers you the choice to leave

Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes

imberhaven Log & Timber Homes, Middleburg, provides premium-quality kiln-dried Engineered or Traditional Solid Log, Timber Frame, and Hybrid Homes as well as Timber Accents and Outdoor Timber Structures. What sets Timberhaven apart from other manufacturers is their most highly trained and skilled professionals. From their custom home designers to the skilled craftsmen who manufacture these specialty products, Timberhaven boasts an employee average of 29 years' experience. The process starts with the Timberhaven’s skilled design team developing the custom designs for each client to visualize their project. Once finalized, the team then generates production (or precut) drawings that are used as a guide by the manufacturing team who will bring the project to life in their shop. The same team of design experts also provides detailed construction drawings and a comprehensive construction manual for builders and DIY’ers alike. Timberhaven manufactures either Traditional or Engineered (also known as Laminated) Logs and Timbers. Engineered, KilnDried Eastern White Pine lumber is planed to a uniform 2” thickness and staged to create the best possible gluing surfaces. These plies are then glued into a cant using their radio frequency lamination press. Then, either the Traditional or Engineered cant material is run through an 8-ton planer mill where a series of cutting heads transform the material into its finished size and shape. Timberhaven offers a wide variety of timber sizes, trim materials, log, and log siding profiles. The

it open, or close it with the tap of a button on your phone, wherever you are on the planet. Want to make sure the kids made it home from school or

your teenager made curfew? Set alerts on your myQ App and keep track of when your loved ones are coming and going while you are at work or

Safe package deliveries are a hot topic these days. Key by Amazon In-Garage Delivery works with LiftMaster's Smart Access System line of products to provide a seamless package delivery experience with added security and convenience. Watch deliveries happen in real-time and limit access to the home by ensuring your garage entry door is locked when a delivery is taking place. “With more than 150 years of experienced technicians serving the garage door industry, we have a firm footing in our past,” Karpinski touts. “And we can’t wait to see what’s coming in the generations ahead!”

Dietz Electric – Residential and Commercial Contractor

Dietz Electric is a family owned and full service electrical contracting company serving Central Pennsylvania. They take pride in providing the best service possible. Cale Dietz and his team have over 50 years’ experience. They specialize in residential and commercial construction services. Follow Dietz Electric on Facebook for more information.

tooling /cutting heads for these various of combinations must be setup with each timber, trim material, log, or log siding checked for dimensional integrity prior to executing each individual project. Utilizing the production drawings referenced previously, the craftsmen mark each log or timber to ensure each log or timber is cut to precise detail for specific placement in each home based on an alpha-numeric reference. The logs or timbers are cut to exacting tolerances of 1/32” including accommodations for window/door openings, corner assemblies, post and beam roof systems, etc. The timber frame process involves even more hands-

on skill and craftsmanship to ensure the precise fit of old-world dovetail, mortise & tenon, etc., joinery. Individual logs and timbers are carefully graded and inspected throughout the manufacturing processes by certified grading experts to ensure all components exceed the stringent grading standards set forth by the Log & Timber Homes Council. Overall, the uncompromising design and manufacturing parameters followed by the team of skilled experts at Timberhaven provides the highest quality product offerings at the most economical value in custom log and timber home living. Bar none.

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Merck Cherokee Values Skilled Trades Workers


iverside, PA – Our Merck Cherokee manufacturing Plant in Riverside, PA employs an inspired team of employees manufacturing and delivering vital solutions for patients on a global scale in an agile and efficient facility. Throughout our history, we have produced more than 40 products, including such important drugs as penicillin, niacin, antiinflammatories, and treatments for river blindness.

maintenance repairs, fabricate and install small scale projects, and provide troubleshooting expertise. They are responsible for maintaining all types of machinery and equipment: pumps, motors, analog and digital instrumentation, cryogenic refrigeration equipment, piping systems, weld repairs, powered industrial trucks, pressure safety valves, tanks, and mixers. We have hired approximately 20 new skilled trades workers in the last 3 ½ years. Most new hires earned Journeyman status through an approved Apprenticeship Program or have had equivalent experience in the U.S. Military Service. We are constantly looking for the best people in region. Those who are interested in learning more about the job opportunities at our Merck Cherokee site should visit our career site at www.merck.com/careers.

We employ more than 300 employees operating 24 hours/day, every day to meet the customer demand for our products. Most of our workforce is comprised of hourly colleagues. Operators, Laboratory Technicians, and Journeyman level skilled trades workers; these employees are represented by the United Steelworkers Union, Local 10-580. Our skilled trades workers include Pipefitters, Electricians, Instrument Mechanics, Millwrights, Heating/ Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) mechanics, Welders, and a

Merck Cherokee Plant is located along the Susquehanna River North Branch in Riverside, PA, Northumberland County.

Mobile Technician/Crane Operator. Most of these employees work from Monday through Friday on

normal day shift hours, but some do work a rotating shift providing around-the-clock support for our

operations. Our skilled trades workers perform preventive and predictive maintenance, corrective

TPS Designs And Manufactures Innovative and CuttingEdge Products To Make The World A Better Place


hermal Product Solutions (TPS) designs and manufactures industrial and laboratory ovens and furnaces, and environmental temperature cycling and stability test chambers. Our product brands include Blue M, Gruenberg, Lindberg/MPH, Tenney, Lunaire, Wisconsin Oven, and Baker Furnace. TPS is located in New Columbia, PA, but the company also has locations in Wisconsin and Michigan. TPS manufactures both standard and custom equipment which our customers use to create products widely used in everyday life as well as innovative and cutting-edge products that will help to make the world a better place. We service customers in just about every industry, such as aerospace, pharmaceutical, medical, electronics, defense and automotive, just to name a few, and help them to manufacture and/or test their products. TPS sells, designs and manufactures equipment onsite in New Columbia. At the heart of our operations is a great team of dedicated and hardworking people. We employ a talented and highly skilled group of employees committed to providing great service and products for our customers. In our manufacturing operations, we employ skilled tradespeople in a variety of positions, such as, welders, machine operators, electricians, HVAC/refrigeration mechanics and test technicians and field service engineers. We also employ assemblers with extensive experience in building our products. In the front office we have

a team of dedicated mechanical, electrical and refrigeration engineers, as well as employees working on the Aftermarket and Purchasing teams. Are you interested in learning more about the equipment we manufacture or the great jobs we have at TPS? Visit our website at www.tpsovens.com or our You Tube channel and watch our company overview video. You may be surprised to learn what we manufacture! Visit the careers page of our website to see the benefits of working at TPS, such as competitive pay, great benefits, including a climate controlled production environment, and the ability to work on innovative products. You can also view all of our current open positions and apply online.

Rob Bailey, an electrician who has been employed with TPS for 24 years, begins to start wiring another panel for a custom Gruenberg oven.

LeFevre Wilk Architects, LLC Working WITH Clients on THEIR Projects Since 1994 Geisinger partners with local chambers of commerce for Meals in Spring Program supports local restaurants hit hard by pandemic

D Corvette America Corporate Headquarters - Our 4D Process and Adaptive Architecture approach revitalized an existing building into a signature structure saving millions of construction dollars.


eFevre Wilk Architects, LLC is a professional architectural firm providing services since 1994. The firms’ two-part goal has been “work WITH clients on THEIR project” and create built environments to improve people’s daily lives to Live, Work and Play. With the needs of clients in mind, the firm developed our “4D Process” to ensure clients reach their goals. This 4D process emphasizes understanding our client’s needs, goals and expectations. The process has four main parts: Define, Design, Direct and Deliver. The first two Define and Design rely heavily on research and understanding client’s needs, goals and expected results. Without a well, developed detailed plan successful execution of that plan is prone to failure. The last two parts of the process: Direct and Deliver focus mainly on turning the information gathered along with the client’s goals into an actual product, which in our case is a brick and mortarbuilt environment, that meets the client’s needs, goals and expectations. What sets us apart from other firms is that, once we determine our clients’ goals and needs, can our Adaptive Architecture Approach revitalize an existing facility or is a new facility required? What often determines which path to pursue is budget driven. Over the years we have been extremely successful helping clients stretch their construction budgets. No matter how good a plan is, if it’s unaffordable it has little value. In addition, LeFevre Wilk Architects, LLC excels in project management during construction. We keep our clients fully informed on all fronts and work with clients to make the correct decisions to ensure the project stays on budget and project goals are not being compromised or sacrificed. If you’re considering a current or future project or just want to know more about our firm stop by anytime to share your dreams over coffee in a relaxed professional atmosphere.

ANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger partnered with eight local chambers of commerce to launch Meals in Spring and give back to the restaurants in the community hit hard by the pandemic. As part of the program, more than 23,000 Geisinger employees can redeem a $10 meal voucher at more than 250 participating restaurants across 12 counties through June 30. “Our local chambers of commerce were among the first organizations that came to us during the early days of the pandemic offering help,” said John Grabusky, senior director of community relations. “They collected N95 masks and gloves, organized sewing groups for homemade masks and they were behind many donations of pizzas, sandwiches, coffees and snacks that started to flow into our facilities. Now, it’s our turn to help them by supporting our local restaurants with Meals in Spring.” Studies have shown that for every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $68 stays within the community. By patronizing local restaurants, Geisinger employees are contributing to the local economy, which benefits their friends,

neighbors, school districts and nonprofit organizations in their communities. Participating chambers of commerce include Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wyoming Chamber of Commerce, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Clinton County Economic Partnership & Visitors Bureau, and Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. About Geisinger Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes nine hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Rusty Rail Honored to Carry Mifflinburg’s Tradition of Quality Craftsmanship

ating back more than a century, Mifflinburg Pennsylvania has a long history of skilled trades. From horse drawn carriages and agriculture to cabinets, housing and now beer, Rust Rail is honored to carry on Mifflinburg’s tradition of quality craftsmanship in everything we do. Brewing quality beer is at the top of our priority list. Our brewing team takes a great deal of pride in every beer we brew. From recipe development and artwork to brewing and packaging there is a tremendous amount of skill and experience that goes into every batch. While we are passionate and focused on beer we are also blessed to have skilled trades people in many other areas of our business. Our team is focused on creating an experience

By: Rich Schrader, President of Rusty Rail Brewing Company

that brings people from all around the state and beyond. Rusty Rail’s Chef and culinary staff are committed to buying quality ingredients and continuously improving our culinary processes. Whether smoking our own wings and brisket or creating from scratch our delicious desserts, Rusty Rail is always looking for new and exciting ways to improve and grow our culinary trades. Along with creating great craft beer and food, Rusty Rail has also gained a great deal of recognition for creating an amazing wedding, event and lodging facility. With over 30 weddings a year our award winning Event Planning staff brings together all the greatest parts of our business to create an unforgettable special day for Weddings and other events.

All of these events and experiences pair wonderfully with our overnight lodging. We are blessed to have owners Paul and Eric John’s construction experience with Ritz-Craft Homes to help us construct amazing Suites for overnight stays. The attention to detail they

bring has helped create a truly one of a kind experience. I truly believe we all need to embrace the skilled trades in this country as it has been what has made us great. Rusty Rail will continue to do our part to carry on this tradition!

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