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PLYLER ENTRY SYSTEMS Family owned and operated Plyler Entry Systems, headquartered in McKean, Pennsylvania, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new name and look, and continuing commitment of unparalleled service to residential and commercial customers in the tristate region.

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Building for the Future HOW EMPLOYERS ARE COMMITTING TO CONSTRUCTION, COMMUNITY For most businessses, growth is a necessary goal. In order to achieve it, many employers have embraced collaborative efforts to expand their resources and talent pool. Many collaborative projects, especially public-private partnerships, have picked up steam in recent years. And, today, more employers are looking at ways to invest in both their operations and the communities in which they operate.

Erie Refocused, for example, is a comprehensive plan that addresses the City of Erie’s needs over the next 10 years in a number of areas, including housing, transportation, land use and economic development. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), it is focused on “bringing business attraction, retention and expansion projects to the table; highlighting areas of need to accommodate future growth; and strategizing the best path forward.” In fact, as the DCED points out, Erie’s private companies and nonprofit organizations have committed funds that will not only benefit their ventures but also community redevelopment efforts. Some of the most recent examples include Erie Insurance’s $135 million expansion, which will help make room for 600 more new, familysustaining jobs in the community (as well as a $5 million commitment to launch the equity fund that’s expected to begin revitalizing downtown block-by-block), UPMC Hamot’s $111 million construction project to create a

new critical care tower, and Velocity Network (VNET)’s public/private partnership with the city and state, which will renovate a vacant, downtown building in an effort that will create dozens of new jobs. Another shining example is the collaborative effort between The Susan Hirt-Hagen Fund for Transformational Philanthropy, The Erie Community Foundation and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, which provided $10 million to four projects in an initiative to revitalize the city’s east and west bayfront neighborhoods. According to the DCED, “The city’s movers and shakers understand that collaboration, communication and organization are vital to community growth, and we’ve hit the ground running. By working together, communicating effectively and prioritizing our needs, Erie will see the resurgence it’s ready to wholeheartedly embrace.”

Take a Look In this edition of the Business Magazine, we’ll showcase companies, such as Plyler Entry Systems, which is marking its 50th anniversary and is committed to investing and expanding its business in northwest Pennsylvania and beyond. We’ll also talk to Cle Austin of E.E. Austin & Son, Inc. about some of the recent opportunities and challenges for the construction industry going forward. Here, we’ll explore some of the key topics facing the construction industry, including hiring and safety training. The Manufacturer & Business Association continues to provide training and HR resources that can help these employers succeed as they build for the future. Visit mbausa.org to learn more.

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COVER STORY | LOCAL PROFILE

Plyler Entry Systems is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 with family members Justin, Paige, Jeff and Jordan Plyler, shown here in the company’s corporate headquarters in McKean Township, Pennsylvania.

50 YEARS STRONG Third-Generation Company Marks Major Milestone With New Name, New Look Jeff Plyler has many reasons to be excited about the future. Not only has his Northwest Pennsylvania-based company rolled out a new name, Plyler Entry Systems, and logo to match, it is also marking 50 years of continuous operation — a major milestone for any small business in America today. For half a century, the Plyler name has been synonymous with successful family ownership and recognized as the overhead door company of choice for customers throughout the tristate region. Today, Plyler is literally “opening the door” to a new era, one only shared by a minority of small business owners. Of the nearly 90 percent of U.S. companies that are family owned and operated, experts estimate only one-third of companies will make it past their 10th anniversary. But for those who do, family businesses, such as Plyler Entry Systems, continue to be a key driver for the local economy. Plyler, chief executive officer of Plyler Enterprises, is proud of how far the company, started by his father, Ernie, has come and how it has thrived and flourished since it was established in McKean in 1967. Plyler keeps it simple when he describes his company’s secret to success — a commitment to treating people fairly and top-notch customer service that has given Plyler a reputation for quality and reliability time and again.

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“After 50 years, we still have customers that have been doing business with us since Ernie was involved,” says Plyler. “We are very proud of these longstanding relationships, which have contributed to our growth.” Today, Plyler Enterprises employs 55 people throughout the operation — Plyler Entry Systems locations in McKean and Hadley, Pennsylvania, Overhead Door Company of Jamestown, New York, and Tri State Door, its wholesale operation in McKean. The company is led by Jeff Plyler and President Jerry Dill, an Erie native who was appointed to the position two years ago after a nationwide search. Also heading up the executive management team are Plyler’s children — Justin, vice president of Finance; Jordan, vice president of Sales, and Paige, vice president of Sales and Marketing. Plyler says he is proud of the legacy of leadership that is continuing with the third generation of Plyler family members. Each of his children is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University, Plyler Enterprises includes Plyler Entry Systems in McKean and Hadley, Pennsylvania, and Overhead Door Company in Jamestown, New York. The company’s corporate office and showroom is centrally located off Interstate 79 between Edinboro and Erie.


“Plyler Entry Systems always works to find solutions to product needs and challenges the construction industry faces. BSI has been very satisfied with Plyler Entry Systems and will continue to partner with them on current and future projects.” — Dan Schaaf, Building Systems, Inc. and each one has acquired career experience from outside the business that has enhanced the operation. “My wife, Rhonda, and I had kind of set up a plan that, OK, when you hit a certain point, we’re going to sell the business and live happily ever after. I just never dreamed that the kids would have an interest,” Plyler says. “It was definitely a proud moment when all three of them came back. I was just really blown away by it.” Plyler recognizes the strong bond that his family has formed from the experience, making the family — and business — stronger. “The biggest thing we’ve all always strived to do is to make sure that our customers are happy,” he says. The company’s commitment to its customers and the community, as demonstrated by the Plyler’s ongoing support of numerous arts, entertainment and sports events, is an integral part of their business approach. They are proud to live and work here and are committed to northwest PA. “If someone needs a door, hopefully they remember seeing one of our signs at a hockey or baseball game, but I believe the stronger the community, the more it grows and the more it benefits everybody,” says Plyler. What’s in a Name? Ask any business owner and they’ll tell you that naming a business is a lot like laying the cornerstone of a building. For the Plyler family, it’s no different. After 50 years in operation, the company introduced its new name — Plyler Entry Systems — to better reflect the products and services that it provides. The company services both residential and commercial customers, including contractors, architects and manufacturers, offering a wide variety of high-quality commercial overhead doors, rolling steel and coiling doors, high-speed and strip doors, safety products and dock equipment, as well as hollow metal doors, frames and hardware, residential garage doors and entry doors, retractable awnings, openers and accessories, as well as expert installation and access to 24-hour emergency service, seven days a week. “Our new brand, Plyler Entry Systems, encompasses these additional products and services, particularly for our commercial customers,” explains Plyler. Over the years, Plyler has built an impressive list of commercial customers, from contractors and architects to manufacturers

Plyler Entry Systems provides products and services to both residential and commercial customers in the tri-state region. Here is a recent example of Plyler’s work at the new service bays added at the Bianchi Honda auto dealership in Erie.

and industrial clients, as well as many service-related firms. Bianchi Honda, a well-known area car dealership, recently added new service bays at its location on upper Peach Street in Erie, turning to Plyler for its overhead door work. “Our business is very busy, and we have to be as efficient as possible and keep things moving,” explains Phil Pinzok service manager at Bianchi Honda. “We probably have 20 garage doors that we have to open and close 100 times a day in order to move vehicles in and out. If we need them here for a service call, they are here as fast as they can be. And, being in the service business, they get it.” Pinzok’s customer experience is not uncommon. Many commercial clients say they are impressed with the products and service support provided by Plyler Entry Systems. “BSI has been doing business with Plyler Entry Systems for many years,” notes Dan Schaaf of Building Systems, Inc., a reputable and full-service general contractor that has been operating in Erie for over 30 years. “The personal service we receive and availability of their sales team is something we value. Plyler Entry Systems always works to find solutions to product needs and challenges the construction industry faces. BSI has been very satisfied with Plyler Entry Systems and will continue to partner with them on current and future projects.” Bill Hilbert Jr., president and CEO of Erie-based manufacturer Reddog Ζndusties, Inc., A Hilbert Company, adds, “Our experience with Plyler has been exceptional — they are professional, considerate and a pleasure to do business with. With Plyler, you get great attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship at a very competitive price. The guys listen carefully and they ‘get it’ very quickly. They respond to questions immediately and address problems very effectively. We highly recommend the Plyler team.” Many companies, such as worldwide plastics manufacturer Plastek in Erie, have turned to Plyler for their commercial door needs for approximately 30 years or more. Leonard Przybyszewski, Facilities Maintenance supervisor at Plastek, says, “I use Plyler for service and installations for our company because they do quality work, are there to assist with any problems and are an honest company with a good reputation.”

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“I use Plyler for service and installations for our company because they do quality work, are there to assist with any problems and are an honest company with a good reputation.” — Leonard Przybyszewski, Plastek One of Przybyszewski’s best examples of Plyler’s unparalleled service started with an urgent service call. “I first started using Plyler when they came to respond to an emergency door repair on a holiday weekend when nobody else would respond,” he explains. “I have been using Plyler for overhead door work, loading dock work, man door work, fire door repairs and inspections and have never been disappointed with their work or response time. Jeff has a great team working for him.” Customer Service Focused Plyler’s customers expect a high level of service, and the company strives to deliver. In fact, it’s very likely to spot a Plyler Entry Systems vehicle on one of its many service calls. The company has one of the largest fleets of trucks of any door company in the local area.

Jordan Plyler, vice president of Sales, talks with a customer about the numerous options available in entry doors.

continually looking for training opportunities and new trends in the market to enhance its product line. Plyler carries such brands as Clopay, Cornell, Haas, Raynor, LiftMaster, Mesker, Stanley, Assa Abloy, and through retail acquisitions, continues to expand its offerings. “If we don’t have it,” says Plyler, “we can get it.”

“We want people who will represent the company the way we do, because when they’re driving a truck or handling a call on a jobsite, it’s our name on the side of the truck,” Jeff Plyler says. “So we really stress to all of our employees that they are representing us and to be professional.”

Today, manufacturers are coming out with new products all the time — and customers are looking for new styles, including wood grain, dark hues and energy efficient products, to name a few. “I think maybe that’s one of the reasons for the increased foot traffic in our showroom,” says Plyler. “People are starting to see more and more of the new styles of doors.”

To achieve this level of service, Plyler Entry Systems invests in its employees, and, according to Plyler, is always on the lookout for new talent and finding the right people who are conscientious and will do a good job.

Ultimately, Plyler says, Plyler Entry Systems is focused on delivering the products and services that its customers demand.

Additionally, Plyler Entry Systems is a proud member of the Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, the Manufacturer & Business Association, and the International Door Association, which recently appointed Plyler as a Board member representing New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia and Maryland. The company is

“We do our very best to do it right the first time but if they are unhappy, we’ll be back and make it right,” says Plyler. “Our goal is to make sure everybody is happy. And we’ll go to just about any length to make sure that is the end result.” Undoubtedly, it’s because of this dedication and service that Plyler Entry Systems is marking 50 years strong. For more information, visit www.PlylerEntry.com.

About: Plyler Entry Systems sells, services and installs residential garage doors, front entry doors, patio doors, windows, retractable awnings and garage door screens. Its commercial business serves builders and businesses with a wide range of products, including overhead sectional and coiling doors, gate operators, loading dock levelers, hollow metal doors and safety products. Founded: The company was established by Ernie Plyler in 1967 and is now a third-generation family run business. Corporate Office: 8850 Fry Road in McKean, Pennsylvania

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Plyler Entry Systems has an experienced and knowledgeable installation team, as well as a 24-hour emergency service for urgent repair needs.

Other Locations: 2357 Perry Highway in Hadley, Pennsylvania. The company also owns Overhead Door Company of Jamestown, New York and its wholesale operation Tri State Door of Pennsylvania in McKean. Main Phone: 814/476-7717 Website: www.PlylerEntry.com


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Nailing Down the Future of the Construction Industry When people see construction going on in their community, it often has a positive effect — a signal that business is prospering and the local economy is growing. Here, Cle Austin, president of E.E. Austin & Son, Inc., with offices in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Falconer, New York, talks about the state of the construction industry and some of the trends in the field today. For more than 100 years, E.E. Austin & Son has been providing quality construction services to northwest Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York. How would you describe the state of the construction industry today? The construction industry in our region is still recovering from the Great Recession. 2016 was an extremely slow year. This slow down affects contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and the workforce. Unemploy- ment has been stubbornly high in the trades. The unemployment rate continues to exceed the general unemployment rate. A rebound has started in mid 2017. The highway market is strong, as is health care. Residential, retail and education are flat. Industrial projects and municipal work are starting to make a comeback. Office building, in general, is weak with the exception of the large Erie Insurance project, which is just getting started. What are some of the opportunities and challenges facing the construction industry? Our biggest opportunity is in rebuilding the region’s infrastructure. First, are roads and bridges, and next, public schools, especially the Erie School District. Water and wastewater projects in areas outside the city are next in line for upgrades. The city systems are in remarkably good shape due to over a decade of upgrades.

The biggest industry challenge is a lack of public funding for these important improvements. In the private, for-profit world, the challenge is uncertainty about tax reform and burdensome regulations, which make projects hard to launch. What are some new trends in the construction industry that would be of interest to our business readers? The industry is constantly improving means, methods and efficiency — everything from lighter, longer-lasting power tools and laser and GPS-guided earthmovers to safer work routines. Software for project management and scheduling continues to evolve, as does the use of iPads and laptops on jobsites. Much of today’s communication is paperless, a big change from the mountains of paper we created just five to 10 years ago. What are some of the most exciting projects that you’ve worked on recently? • Wasielewski Filtration Plant Upgrade Conversion of the Sommerheim Filtration Plant to a state-of-the-art facility. • Bayfront Marriott and Parking Structure - $45 million hotel and parking structure on the former GAF property. • Donjon Shipbuilding dry dock slab replacement for Erie Western PA Port Authority.

• Saint Vincent Hospital expansion of Emergency Department and Operating Rooms. • Concrete subcontract to PJ Dick for the Erie Insurance Office Building. What are some key indicators that you look at in the market to plan for the future? Industrial, manufacturing forecasts and activity is the biggest indicator I look at. When the industrial sector is growing, the entire region will grow and our industry along with it. I also look at the state budget, progress on tax reform and regional unemployment numbers. Right now, we have a ways to go before our industry starts to boom again. Is there anything you would like to add? The health of the construction industry in our region is very dependent on the health of the manufacturing sector. Our area has no significant federal or state spending. We have no military bases or major governmental offices. Our colleges and hospitals are important, but industry is what drives the whole economy. For more information about E.E. Austin & Son, Inc., visit www.eeustin.com.

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Time for a Checkup Employee Health and Organizational Health-Care Are Intertwined

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options in the company cafeteria and vending machines to the evaluation of ergonomics of employee workstations. When evaluating culture, you must also include informal practices that influence behavior. For example, do morale building activities often involve highcalorie treats? These habits and practices can unintentionally encourage unhealthy behaviors. Programs and health — Take an assessment of the nutrition, physical activity, stress management, tobacco cessation, weight management, disease management and behavioral health programs available to employees. Also, consider how many employees participate and whether there are metrics to evaluate the health outcomes and success of these programs. Roles, responsibilities and rewards — This category looks at an organization’s policies on everything from health benefits to disability leave to how employees are compensated for their performance.

Stephen T. Doyle is the senior director of Strategic Health Management Solutions at WorkPartners. Doyle and his team provide customizable, integrated solutions and advanced analytics to organizations, enabling them to maximize employee engagement, lower health-care costs and improve overall employee health. With an outcome-focused, consultative approach, WorkPartners provides integrated workforce planning strategies built on more than 20 years of experience and proven results. All organizations want to create a workplace where their employees are healthy, productive and strong performers. But what does it take for employees to meet these goals? UPMC’s Health and Productivity Performance

Index (HaPPI), for one, can help employers understand what environmental and cultural factors within the workplace support employee health and well-being and organization success. What is HaPPI? How does it work? HaPPI gives companies a sense of all the facets that contribute to the culture of health within their organization. HaPPI was developed as an industry best practice measurement instrument, drawing from several validated industry assessments, as well as from internal UPMC and external industry experts. HaPPI assesses three domains: culture and environment, programs and health, and roles, responsibility and rewards. Clients receive an aggregate score, as well as an analysis of their company’s strengths and weaknesses in each category. This final report compares the company’s performance to companies of similar size and industry. It also and includes specific recommendations and an action plan for improvement. Why do those three domains help determine employee health and productivity? Culture and environment — The physical environment of the workplace greatly influences employee behavior. This category measures everything from offering healthy

For example, giving employees paid time off, or PTO, as opposed to a bank of sick days encourages them to take care of themselves to avoid illness so they enjoy their days off. When employees know that they will only get paid at 60 percent of their salary when they go on disability (as opposed to 100 percent), they’re more likely to take steps to limit their time away from work. The structure of medical benefits also influences employee behavior. When workers pay a portion of their medical care and gain a greater understanding of health care costs, they tend to become more motivated to stay healthy and avoid unnecessary medical services. Other factors — Such things as tuition reimbursement, opportunities to increase skills and being eligible for bonuses tied to performance also play a role in creating a healthy workforce. When employees feel that their employer is invested in them and that their performance makes a difference, they are likely to be healthier and more productive. The bottom line? The health of your employees and your organization are intertwined. Becoming aware of key features that influence the health of your organization is the first step to creating a workplace that will continue to thrive in the ever-evolving marketplace. To learn more about WorkPartners, visit www.workpartners.com. mbabizmag.com • NOVEMBER 2017

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Responding to Offensive Speech in the Workplace

Matthew McCullough is a partner at MacDonald Illig Attorneys. His practice consists primarily of labor and employment advice and litigation for employers, as well as business and commercial litigation. The rise in hate speech has been a hot topic in the news. The proliferation of social media has only added to the problem. If racist or offensive speech occurs in your workplace, how will you respond? Why Respond? There is good reason to respond firmly to racist or biased speech, on or off-duty. A co-worker’s racist or biased public comments can create a hostile work environment. Biased comments by a supervisor, whether made on or off duty, can be imputed to the employer in a discrimination suit or provide evidence in court of bias. Offensive remarks may cause disruption among co-workers at work. The speech may be detrimental to the employer’s interests, cause harm to

its reputation and/or loss of business. The speech may be inconsistent with the employer’s beliefs or standards it strives to uphold, or violate a reasonable standard of conduct policy.

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racist or hate speech, or most political speech. Indeed, courts have rejected arguments that certain vile speech (by the Ku Klux Klan) is religious activity protected by Title VII. Some states have laws protecting political speech in the workplace and/or while off duty. Pennsylvania has no statutory limitation on non-public employers disciplining employees for such speech, whether on or off duty, although the employee may not be disqualified from collecting unemployment benefits if terminated for off-duty conduct. Employers must consider that Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act protects both union and non-union employees engaged in concerted activities for the purpose of mutual aid or protection. Section 7 has been applied to include speech regarding terms and conditions of employment such as pay, discipline or other work-related issues. Speech that is not highly offensive or threatening, but nevertheless critical of management or a particular supervisor or co worker, may be protected by the NLRA.

Potential Limitations A threshold question is what, if any, protection is afforded by the First Amendment. Employees may be emboldened and employers may feel constrained by “free speech” protections of the First Amendment. In the case of non-public employment, both are incorrect. The First Amendment states that, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech … .” The First Amendment protects private individuals from government suppression of speech, not from private employers or individuals who act in response to speech. The First Amendment provides no protection for speech by non-public employees and does not limit a non-public employer’s response to speech. Public/government employers, however, are limited in their response to speech, provided the speech does not fall under one of the exceptions to protection, such as “fighting words,” obscenity or threats of bodily harm.

Other potential limitations on a nonpublic employer’s negative response to speech should be considered. A collective bargaining agreement may limit grounds for discipline. A non-union employee may have an employment contract that requires cause for termination. The speech could be construed as covered by Title VII if the employee is reporting or objecting to discriminatory treatment, or may be afforded whistleblower protection if, for example, it concerns a regulatory violation. Inconsistent employer response to speech, such as allowing comments concerning one religion but not another, could result in exposure.

No federal statute prohibits a non-public employer from firing an employee for

For more information, contact Matthew McCullough at 814/870-7602 or mmccullough@mijb.com.

In conclusion, each situation should be dealt with individually. Some speech may be clearly unlawful or so offensive that severe discipline must follow. But in less clear cut cases, an employer must consider all relevant factors before imposing discipline.

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American Tinning & Galvanizing’s unveiled its newest mural on the 12th Street corridor at 12th and Cherry Streets in Erie. According to ATG CEO Robin Scheppner, the first mural was done six years ago for the company’s 80th anniversary and received such positive community support, ATG decided to continue with a new one each year. “We’ve highlighted supporting our troops, United Way’s 100th anniversary, the Perry 200, Imagination Library, the Tall Ships Festival and, just previously, the ‘Gem City,’ ” says Scheppner. When a friend suggested she tout the 12th Street corridor for the next mural and dispel negative images of manufacturing portrayed in a national news program, Scheppner conjured up “explosive” splashes displaying some impressive statistics. “Justin, the graphic artist at FastSigns, put my ideas – including the woman worker – into a design and the rest is history,” she says. “The numbers were gathered through responses from businesses, the PA Manufacturing Directory and some very conservative estimates for a lot of smaller entities… The corridor is thriving!”

ATG’s newest mural celebrates the 12th Street corridor in Erie and powerful impact of area manufacturing. Remember... Turn your clocks back one Sunday, Novem hour on ber 5 at 2 a.m.

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11 MACDONALD ILLIG ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2018

MacDonald Illig Attorneys recently announced that Shaun B. Adrian, J. W. Alberstadt Jr., James D. Cullen, W. Patrick Delaney, John W. Draskovic, David E. Holland, Kimberly A. Oakes, Nicholas R. Pagliari, Mark J. Shaw, Roger H. Taft and Russell S. Warner, partners at the firm, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. Adrian, a senior partner at MacDonald Illig in the firm’s Estates and Trusts Group, is recognized for his work in the area of estates and trusts planning and administration. Adrian concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship proceedings, elder law and long-term care planning. Alberstadt, co-chair of MacDonald Illig’s Banking and Real Estate Group, is recognized for his work in the area of real estate law. Alberstadt concentrates his practice on residential and commercial real estate, economic development, and conventional and tax-exempt financing. Cullen, former chair of MacDonald Illig’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the area of trusts and estates planning and administration. He is among a very distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers for more than 20 consecutive years. Delaney, chair of MacDonald Illig’s Litigation Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the areas of commercial litigation and construction litigation. He has spent his entire legal career litigating disputes in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration tribunals. Draskovic, chair of MacDonald Illig’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the area of workers’ compensation. Also a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Labor & Employment Practice Group, Draskovic represents individuals and businesses in a variety of matters, including workers’ compensation and employment-related claims.

Holland is co-chair of MacDonald Illig’s Real Estate Practice Group and is recognized for his work in the area of real estate law. He has a broad practice including residential and commercial closings and leases. Oakes, chair of MacDonald Illig’ s Family Law Department, is recognized for her work in that area of law including divorce, alimony and spousal support, child support, adoption, child custody and visitation, domestic violence, paternity, as well as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Pagliari, chair of MacDonald Illig’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Pagliari’s practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy, bankruptcy related litigation and collection matters. Shaw, chair of MacDonald Illig’s Environmental Law Practice Group, is recognized for his work in that area of the law including environmental litigation, compliance, and permitting matters. Shaw is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Environmental and Energy Law Section Council. Shaw also handles complex commercial litigation cases in the federal and state courts and serves as solicitor of Millcreek Township. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Taft, past chair of MacDonald Illig’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, is recognized for his work in the area of commercial litigation. A trial lawyer at MacDonald Illig, Taft concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and employment litigation.

PEOPLE BUZZ | AWARDS AND PROMOTIONS WILLIAMS NAMED CONTROLLER FOR TRI-STATE PAIN INSTITUTE

The Tri-State Pain Institute has named Zachary T. Williams, CPA, CMA, as controller. He previously served as the organization’s accounting manager.

As controller, Williams manages all monthly financial operations for the Pain Institute, including its pain management, imaging and physical therapy services, as well as for the Greater Erie Surgery Center. Prior to joining Tri-State Pain Institute, Williams served in senior accounting and tax associate roles with Glowacki Management Company and BKD. He holds master’s and undergraduate degrees in accounting, as well as an undergraduate degree in international business, all from Pennsylvania State University. Founded in 1998, Tri-State Pain Institute is an independent practice serving northwestern Pennsylvania, western New York and eastern Ohio. The Pain Institute offers advanced treatment for the long-term relief of acute and chronic pain, including back, neck, leg, joint and shoulder pain, as well as pain from arthritis, headaches, fibromyalgia, post surgery and cancer complications.

PURCHASE, GEORGE & MURPHEY, P.C. ATTORNEY NAMED TO 2018 BEST LAWYERS® LIST

Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. partner Craig Murphey has been included in the 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in insurance law and personal injury litigation - defendant. Murphey has been recognized by his peers for his high caliber of work since 2012. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. A former “go-to” lawyer for Pennsylvania insurance companies, Murphey now applies his 25 years of experience to helping victims of accidents and medical errors as well as those with insurance coverage issues.

Warner, the managing partner of MacDonald Illig, is the founder and former chair of the law firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group, and is recognized for his work in the area of environmental law. His practice includes representation of businesses, economic development organizations, real estate developers, financial institutions and municipal entities regarding environmental and business matters.

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Continuing to Build a Legacy in Erie

Sean Whelan is the branch manager at Admar Construction Equipment and Supplies.

While Admar Construction Equipment and Supplies has been in business since 1972 when John and Dick DiMarco first opened the doors, there are people who still wonder what Admar does on a day-to-day basis.

working on, it turns out great. We try to be a one-stop shop for a lot of customers because projects can’t wait.”

“You wouldn’t know it by the name, but we are the largest independently owned construction equipment and rental business in Pennsylvania and New York state,” said Branch Manager Sean Whelan. “But, despite being the largest, we rent to anyone from weekend DIY-ers to general contractors.”

Community Focused Some of the most common things Admar Construction Equipment and Supplies provides to its residential customers include Wheeled & Track loaders, generators, saws, drills and smaller power tools. They offer full support with every tool they rent, unlike bigbox counterparts, and that dedication to their customers has not only allowed them to grow to nine branches in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states, but locally has made them a valued partner for many of Erie’s venues and events.

Currently, under the leadership of Acting President Joel DiMarco, you’d be hard pressed to find a tool or machine that Admar Construction Equipment and Supplies doesn’t supply or rent. If you do, Whelan said he and his staff are more than happy to help source that item elsewhere and give pointers on how to use it properly. The company also offers parts and service for all makes and models of equipment. “The advantage with Admar is the support you get behind the scenes,” Whelan said. “Our value is equipment you need when you need it. We consult with our customers and help guide them so that whatever project they’re

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“We’re partners with the Bayhawks and Otters, and we supply equipment for nearly all of Erie’s major events throughout the year — from Roar on the Shore® and Celebrate Erie to the Tall Ships Festival, where we provided generators for the boats,” Whelan explained. “We also donate equipment for the kids during the Erie Zoo events and, during Erie Days, we donate equipment for the Erie Kids Construction Zone. I like to be

involved in anything that supports Erie and the kids of Erie.” Service and More Whether a customer needs a pump because a basement flooded or a generator for an outdoor party, Admar Construction Equipment and Supplies can help. They’re also a dealership for the items they rent, so if someone is going to need to move a lot of dirt or have an ongoing issue that requires a specialized mechanical solution, Admar Construction Equipment and Supplies can sell them what they need and supply all the parts required to keep it running. The company accepts cash, credit cards and, for frequent renters, can open up in-house accounts to minimize customers’ downtime. For more information, visit admarsupply.com or call 814/833-7761 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also stop by their headquarters at 3001 West 17th Street, the former Knickerbocker location that Admar purchased in 2014.

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ON THE HILL | GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

MBA Government Affairs Department: A Powerful Voice for Business Angela Zaydon is the Association’s state government relations representative in Harrisburg and is responsible for developing state legislative priorities and strategies; encouraging membership grassroots activities; and lobbying on behalf of a pro-growth, pro-business agenda. She earned her Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and political science degree from Canisius College. To discuss any legislative issues or for a legislative or regulatory update, contact her at 814/460-3136 or email azaydon@mbausa.org. The Government Affairs Department of every association plays a very intricate role. Not only is the MBA’s Government Affairs team the liaison between our members and our elected officials, we are also the special interest group dedicated to protecting your business against big government. In every two-year legislative session in Pennsylvania, over 3,000 bills are introduced. Of those introduced, less than one-quarter are passed by both Chambers, signed by the governor and become law. The Government Affairs team is working behind the scenes on a daily basis at the Capitol to prevent legislation that would negatively affect business and manufacturing. We meet with leadership in both the House and Senate on a regular

basis, as well as legislative staff and committees.

We also offer a candidate guide at the local level.

Most recently, the MBA actively engaged in the budget process to ensure that taxes were not raised and no new taxes were enacted. In addition, we monitor more than 150 pieces of legislation on a weekly basis that are of interest to our members. We work with several coalitions ranging from the anti-tax coalition, property tax coalition, data breach coalition, the partnership to protect workplace opportunity, the Steel Alliance and more. These coalitions consist of several groups, associations, for-profit businesses, and nonprofit entities that have similar interests on particular issues or pieces of legislation. We combine our efforts and strategies for a stronger voice on the hill.

In addition to the information on our website, you can attend scheduled events. The MBA hosts regular legislative luncheons that feature elected officials or experts on an issue-based discussion. During election years, we hold candidate forums to give our members an opportunity to meet the candidates and hear their view on issues.

At the MBA, we also offer several publications that keep you informed of political issues both at the state and federal levels. We publish News You Can Use every day. This publication provides daily headlines and news articles to keep you informed on hot topics. The Hill Midweek Report is a weekly publication with information related to business and manufacturing with a more in depth review of state and federal issues. If you don’t already subscribe to these publications, please contact me at azaydon@mbausa.org. We provide many ways to stay informed about your elected officials, political issues, regulatory issues and upcoming elections. Our website, www.mba-ga.org, is a great resource for these and other items. On our website, you can look up your legislator, find legislation and see how your legislator ranks on voting on issues important to MBA members. We publish an MBA Election Guide prior to elections that showcases both parties running for election by district and county.

One of the most important aspects of the Government Affairs Department is coordinating grassroots communications between our members and their elected officials. We send action alerts to our members during critical votes and encourage them to contact their legislator. We also encourage face-toface meetings and can assist in setting up those meetings. A thank-you note or email to your legislator after a hard vote is always appreciated by them and can go a long way to building a lasting relationship. Our newly designed website makes these communications even easier than before. They can be sent from your computer, cell phone or tablet with ease. The MBA Government Affairs Department is the leading advocate for a pro-growth business agenda and the powerful voice of the manufacturing community in Pennsylvania. We are your voice on local, state and federal issues. From taxes to health care and everything in between, our Government Affairs Department monitors what’s happening in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, alerts members to pending legislation and provides a powerful, unified voice for business. We are here to represent your interests, inform you of critical business issues, maintain constant contact with legislators, and continuously lobby on your behalf on issues that affect your business.

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KESSEL We rely on Kessel for their one-stop-shop capabilities. They can take an idea or combination of ideas, from ground work to completion.

WHY! Kessel is not an ‘in and out’ player. They are in it for the long haul and with that, they must perform at a high level, meeting or exceeding expectations daily. Hard to do year after year, but they do it!

Trust. Delivered as promised. Competitive pricing. Fair quoting. Great value. Highest integrity. Good staff. Meet expectations. Treat us right. Good people. Get things done. On-time and on-budget. Solid reputation. Port Erie has used Kessel Construction for the last 15 years. Kessel has completed four buildings for us, and another major addition is starting this fall. Why do we use Kessel? The answer is simple: trust, integrity, honesty, competitive, and they are good to their word. We have found Kessel to always be competitive, build a great building and stand behind their work, much on a hand shake. We look forward to another construction project working with their crews. Their employees understand our needs and they work to achieve our goals. Jeff Horneman Port Erie Plastics

We have had success with Kessel due to their knowledge in the building trades, longevity servicing this industry and with consistently competent people.

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HR CONNECTION | WORKPLACE TRENDS ATTRACTING MILLENNIAL WORKERS CRITICAL FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

The construction industry is facing a serious challenge. Its workforce is aging faster than any other industry in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and construction companies nationwide are looking to fill multiple positions.

Key Questions to Ask at Open Enrollment

Many companies are in need for new talent because employees who have been with them the longest are transitioning out, and there is not an adequate pipeline of new candidates to take their place. Trends suggest that approximately 20 percent of all construction workers will retire during the next 10 years, and a total of 12 percent will be leaving the industry within the next five years. But there’s one group that industry leaders are hoping will turn this situation around — millennials.

How are employees supposed to know what kinds of insurance to consider and what benefit levels to select? According to a recent article in Benefits Pro, here are some questions your employees should ask themselves when making benefit decisions. What’s my share of medical costs? Deductibles, copays and coinsurance amounts are on the rise. It is important to understand what you would have to pay for a costly medical event. What are my out-of-pocket, non-medical expenses? Many expenses such as transportation, child care and lost income due to missing work are not covered by your major medical insurance.

Data from the 2017 MRINetwork Millennial Hiring Trends Study, shows that recruiters expect companies to take a more strategic approach to attracting and holding on to top millennial talent. This requires them to gain a clear understanding of the factors that motivate millennials and foster their loyalty.

SURVEY: SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES VALUE WORKPLACE SAFETY

A new survey conducted by Employers Holdings Inc. ­— a Reno, Nevada-based holding company with subsidiaries offering workers’ compensation insurance and services for small businesses — found that small business employees ranked workplace safety as a top priority.

Do I want to use my savings for these expenses? Supplemental insurance is an option some consider. For example, purchasing a critical illness policy would pay a lump sum cash benefit after a heart attack, and that money could be used for travel to see a specialist or to cover child care. How would I make up for lost income if I became disabled? Consider what could happen if you can’t work for three to six months due to a back injury. Short-term disability insurance provides a percentage of your pay for a specified period of time.

In the survey, workplace safety came in behind criteria that included compensation, nature of the work and proximity to home. But workplace safety outranked criteria such as quality of potential coworkers and opportunities for professional growth.

What’s my family medical history? Has anyone in your family had cancer, heart disease or high blood pressure? Consider how cancer insurance or critical illness insurance can help if you’ve inherited certain family illnesses.

The survey of 1,011 employees also showed that those working at a company employing between 86 and 100 workers are more likely to say their employer considers workplace safety a priority (96 percent) than those working at businesses with between one and nine employees (87 percent).

Do I go in for routine eye exams and dental cleanings? Vision and dental insurance can be helpful. Consider what you’d spend without one or both of these types of policies and balance that amount against the cost of coverage. Does anyone need my income in the event of my death? Do I have life insurance? Do I have enough life insurance? Group life insurance is competitively priced and offers certain levels of coverage on a guaranteed issue basis.

“In today’s tight labor market, it’s important that small businesses, which employ more than half of the American workforce, recognize safety of the work environment is a top priority for employees,” said David Quezada, vice president of loss control at Employers.

Asking these questions and checking with your employer about these benefits can help create a clearer picture of your life and supplemental health insurance needs, so you can select the right policies to protect yourself and your family.

Melissa Damico is manager of Client Services for the Manufacturer & Business Association Insurance Agency (MBAIA) and a licensed insurance agent. Contact her at 814/833-3200, 800/815-2660 or mdamico@mbausa.org.

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HR Q&A | GET ANSWERS ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND IN JAIL. ARE WE OBLIGATED TO HOLD HIS JOB? CAN WE TERMINATE?

Sometimes state background check laws can provide limited guidance, since they tell employers how and when to consider (or not consider) the arrest record of an applicant, or a current arrest of an applicant, and those guidelines may apply to current employees. Such guidance primarily addresses whether employers could take adverse action based on the nature of the offense, however. It does not require employers to excuse absences for employees who cannot report for work while in jail. Employers shouldn’t be too quick to terminate based on an arrest, because it’s possible the employee could return to work pending disposition of the case. It is usually best to wait until more information is available before making the decision to terminate based on the nature of the alleged offense. While the case is pending and bail is being determined, an employee may be able to use paid leave, such as vacation, or take an unpaid leave of absence.

Background Checks: What Employers Should Know About Adverse Action

An exception to giving such consideration would be if the crime (allegedly) committed relates to the job duties. For example, if the crime was against a child, the evidence seemed overwhelming, and the employee’s job involves working with children, that would be a reason not to have the employee come back.

When making personnel decisions — including hiring, retention, promotion and reassignment — employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees. For example, some employers might try to find out about the person’s work history, education, criminal record, financial history, medical history or use of social media. Except for certain restrictions related to medical and genetic information, it’s not illegal for an employer to ask questions about an applicant’s or employee’s background, or to require a background check. However, any time you use an applicant’s or employee’s background information to make an employment decision, regardless of how you got the information, you must comply with federal laws that protect applicants and employees from discrimination. That includes discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex or religion, disability, genetic information (including family medical history) and age (40 or older). These laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In addition, when you run background checks through a company in the business of compiling background information, you must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces the FCRA. It’s also a good idea to review the laws of your state and municipality regarding background reports or information because some states and municipalities regulate the use of that information for employment purposes. Any background information you receive from any source must not be used to discriminate in violation of federal law. When taking an adverse action (for example, not hiring an applicant or firing an employee) based on background information obtained through a company in the business of compiling background information, the FCRA has additional requirements to consider. For more information on background check discounts for MBA members, email hrservices@mbausa.org.

Stacey Bruce, SPHR, SHRM-CP, is the director of HR Services at the Manufacturer & Business Association. Contact her at 814/833-3200, 800/815-2660 or sbruce@mbausa.org.

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SPECIAL SECTION | RECOGNITION CEREMONIES

2017 Training Graduates The Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) recently held a series of luncheons to recognize the graduates of its HR and professional development training programs. Visit www.mbabizmag.com for complete coverage, as well as information on upcoming MBA training courses.

HR Essential Certification Series — Bradford HR Essential Certification Series — Erie

HR Essential Certification Series — Erie

From left: Robyn Hopper, Manufacturer & Business Association HR generalist and trainer; Tracy White, Logistics Plus Inc.; Kristen Miles, DBC Remodeling and Construction LLC; and, Denise Semrad, McGill, Power, Bell and Associates, LLP.

From left: Amy Rutherford, Arrow Electric, Inc. and Robyn Hopper, Manufacturer & Business Association HR generalist and trainer.

HR Essential Certification Series — Titusville

HR Essential Certication Series — Corry

Front row, from left: Kate Loop, Erie Animal Hospital and Joe Campbell, Erie Coke Corporation. Back row, from left: Kyle Nichols and Timothy Soliwoda, Ellwood City Forge; Russell Beyer, Superior Tire & Rubber Corporation; and, Troy Senchak, Ellwood City Forge.

HR Essential Certication Series — Corry

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Front row, from left: Michelle Horn, Edinboro University Foundation, and Jaren Gillin, R & D Coatings Inc. Second row, from left: Susan Shorts, Viking Tool and Gage Inc., and Ashlyn Stec – Brimtek Inc. Back row, from left: Dawn Caiarelli, Barens, Inc., and Valerie Wagner – Servis One, Inc.

Leadership for Team Leaders — Erie

HR Essential Certification Series — Erie

From left: Dorte Heffernan, Northwest PA Regional Planning & Development Commission; Stacy Lossie, UPMC Hamot; Lauren Frazier, Betts Industries Inc.; Brenda Fisher, UACJ Metal Components NA; Melanie Pattison, Clinch-Tite Corporation; Kelly Carson, UPMC Hamot; and, Rachel Caracci – Accuride

Front row, from left: Heidi Hamilton, Better Baked Foods, Inc.; Ed Hayden, Zippo Manufacturing Co.; and, LeeAnn Covac, City of St. Marys. Second row, from left: Shandra Wilson, Allegheny Bradford Corporation; Lori Coffman, Bradford Publishing Co.; Lisa Stiles, American Refining Group; Jody Maze, Zippo Manufacturing Co.; and Keli Rounsville, American Refining Group.

HR Essential Certification Series — Erie

From left: Scot Henry, FrenchCreek Production; Kerry Lewis, SEPCO-Erie; and, Robyn Hopper, Manufacturer & Business Association HR generalist and trainer.

Front row, from left: Scott Buerkle, Betts Industries Inc.; Tyler Retterer and Colton Black, Betts Industries Inc.; Patti Jo Uplinger, Marquette Savings Bank; and, Michael Salow, American Trim. Back row, from left: David Coulson and Dean Keith, Modern Industries; Steve Arnold and Gary Arnold, Betts Industries Inc.; Kelly Trzeciak, Active Aging, Inc.; and, Luke Rutsky, Betts Industries Inc.


Certified Supervisory Skills Series — Erie

Front row, from left: Wendy Brown, Port Erie Plastics; Ricke Thompson, Silgan Plastics; Mary Jo Battle, Erie County Juvenile Probation; and Sabrina Myers, Plastikos, Inc. Back row, from left: Dave Brainard, St. Mary’s Home of Erie; Scott Waite, LORD Corporation; Kelly English, Achievement Center; Patrick Agnello, Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and, Michael Corey, St. Mary’s Home of Erie. Three graduates not pictured.

Certified Supervisory Skills Series — Erie

Front row, from left: Joe Greenwood, Plastikos Inc.; William Schulte, Ridg-U-Rak Inc.; Jill Glunt, Northwestern Rural Electric Co-Op; Debbie Schwenk, Marquette Savings Bank; James LeRoy, Rehrig Pacific Company; Jeff Kinney, Ellwood National Forge Company; and, Brian Irwin, Marquette Savings Bank. Back row, from left: Steve Krieg and Jason Cali, Ellwood National Forge Company; Matt Barr, Loyal Christian Benefit Association; Matt Atchley, Plastikos Inc.; Matt Stroup, Northwestern Rural Electric Co-Op; and, John Vogel, Ridg-U-Rak Inc.

Certified Supervisory Skills Series — Erie

Certified Supervisory Skill Series — Corry

Front row, from left: Melissa Braswell and Donna Breeding, Corry Mfg Co; and, Amanda Pohorence and Jenna Ayers, Associates Spring, Barnes Group. Back row, from left: Timothy Soliwoda, Corry Forge Co.; Randy Wieczorek, C.A. Curtze Co; Andy Sventek, Associates Spring, Barnes Group; Kyle Nichols, Corry Forge Co.; Jared Heine, Corry Mfg Co; Chad Campbell, Superior Tire & Rubber; Andy Hanks, Betts Industries; and, Aeb Bigelow, Superior Tire & Rubber.

Front row, from left: Patrick Schultz, McInnes Rolled Rings; Paul Cooper and Jack Spacht, Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Kicole Hunter, Achievement Center; Jennifer Shaffer, Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Shanna Schumacher, Achievement Center; Meg Stryker, Erie Homes for Children & Adults; Joshua Shirley and Will Taylor, Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and, Chuck Kozik, Eriez Manufacturing Company. Back row, from left: David Schumacher, Achievement Center; Ann Custer, Denise Reinsel, Lorrie Szablewski and Sarah Gudgeon, Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Shannon Collins, Achievement Center; Stacey Holman, Stephanie Manson and Rachel Boring, Erie Homes for Children & Adults; and, Joann Pritchard, Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Certified Supervisory Skills Series — Erie

Front row, from left: Michael Woodley, Maple Donuts; Erika Berlin, Larson Texts; Brian Herring, Bay Valley Foods; Bryan Boleratz, Associated Clinical Laboratories; Jim Kitts Jr., Erie Insurance Group; Nathan Miller, Summit Township; Chris Murosky, Eriez Manufacturing Company; Allen Miller, Bay Valley Foods; and, John Paul, Associated Clinical Laboratories. Back row, from left: Kati Miller, Northwestern Rural Electric Co-Op; Chris Koszegi, Community Blood Bank; Michelle Schneider, Associated Clinical Laboratories; Debra Helmer, Community Blood Bank; John Rickert, Betts Industries; Paul Moneta, American Turned Products; and, Dale Rea Jr. and John Honard, Erie Plating Company.

Certified Supervisory Skills Series — Ellwood City

Front row, from left: Bob Baker, Donna Ferruchie, Bryan McGee, Suzanne Durbin, Kellie Morrow, Jason Wine and Mike Keister, Ellwood City Forge. Back row, from left: Mat Reese, Mike Dadejko, Tracy Edwards, Dave Petti, Doug Columbus, Colin Galey and Rick Stanley, Ellwood City Forge.

Certified Supervisory Skills Series — St. Marys

From left: David Spellen, Bill Zimmerman and Bud Jones,Symmco; Darla Pollino, Innovative Sintered Metals; Tige Woodson, BFG Manufacturing Services; and, Rob Peoples, Symmco.

Certified Supervisory Skill Series — Meadville

Front row, from left: Tyler Niederriter, Deist Industries; Colleen Schlosser, Greenleaf Corporation; Elmer Nevin, Greenville Municipal Authority; Amanda Rhoades, Northwest Rural Electric Co-Op; Ronald Metz, Greenleaf Corporation; and Patricia Meinert, Josh Hornstrom and Ben Spencer, C&J Industries.

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The 2017 Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) celebration hosted more than 2,000 students, educators and business leaders on October 11 at the Bayfront Convention Center and was presented by the Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA), Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, National Tooling and Machining Association, Career Street and Advanced Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership, along with more than 25 sponsors. See www.pamfgday.com for photos. More than 2,000 students, educa tors and business and community leaders attended the fourth annual Manufacturing Day celebration in Erie.

MFG Day 2017 was made possible by the support of more than 25 area sponsors.

MBA Chairman Harry Eighmy welcomes the thousands of guests to 2017 MFG Day. than 60 The Exhibit Hall featured more -related exhibits manufacturing and technology and demonstrations.

Students tour the demo truck provided by Eriez Magnetics. Ashleigh Walters of Onex, Inc, was this year’s Appreciation and Recognition Rally keynote speaker.

Students got a firsthand look at the many products made in north west Pennsylvania.

MFG Day gave area manufacturers the chance to talk with students about their companies, products and careers.

The 2017 Patrick R. Locco Award winners were announced at this year’s event, including (from left): Isaac Whistler, Crawford County Career and Technical Center; Matthew Manglona, Corry Area Career and Technical Center; Olena Omelchenko, Erie High School (formerly Central Career and Technical School); Jacob McKelvey, Mercer County Career Center; and, Jonah Close, Erie County Technical School.

Participants tested their innov Marshmallow Challenge.

ation skills at the MBA’s

Students packed the ballroom for the Appreciation and Recognition Rally.

Students enjoy lunch, sponsored by Curtze Food Service and McInnes Rolled Rings, in the Exhibit Hall before the afternoon presentation.

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Winners are called on stage at Appreciation and Recognition Rally. Contests included the MFG Day App Survey by Widget Financial, MBA Marshmallow Challenge and MFG Day Trivia Challenge by National Fuel and the MBA.

year’s Widget Financial sponsored this Day App. MFG Day Photo Booth and MFG


A sold-out crowd enjoyed the Manufacturer & Business Association’s 112th Annual Event, featuring legendary football coach Lou Holtz, on October 11 at the Bayfront Convention Center. For extensive photo coverage, see www.mbausa.org.

limentary Guests were treated to a comp Annual edition of the Business Magazine’s rpiece. Report and a custom helmet cente

The Bayfront Convention Center cheered on the MBA Home Team during the event.

The highlight of the night was the keynote address by Coach Lou Holtz.

The Association thanks representatives from sponsors (from left) Ridg-U-Rak, Inc., Widget Financial, UPMC Health Plan, Erie Insurance, PNC Financial Services, McInnes Rolled Rings, Greenleaf Corporation, MacDonald Illig Attorneys, Howard Industries, LORD Corporation, Insurance Management Company and Logistics Plus.

Don Hester, immediate past chairman of the MBA, shares his remarks. Association Chairman Harry Eighmy thanks Immediate Past Chairman Don Hester and the MBA Board for their service.

The Association honored the longt ime business leaders who passed away in the past year.

ose look at some of Annual Event guests got an up-cl as part of the Member its exhib Day MFG mic dyna the Reception in the Exhibit Hall.

Lawrence T. Persico, bishop of Erie, led the invocation. The Association introduced the 2017-2018 Board of Governors.

tion to ® Boards presented a $40,0 00 dona The MBA and Roar on the Shore ty. r for Women, the 2017 rally chari Jennie Hagerty of the Merc y Cente

James Mando, president and CEO of Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center, thanks the MBA and Roar® Boards for selecting the Center as the Roar’s® 2018 designated charity. Gifted performer Victoria McIlvain, a graduate of Mercyhurst University, sings the National Anthem.

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