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Quandel Construction Group Selected For New Eco-Village

Quandel Construction Group, Inc., a local construction firm, was selected to complete Camp JRF's new Eco-Village on their beautiful Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Campus, located in South Sterling, Pennsylvania. The Eco-Village is planned as a living laboratory for sustainable building and environmental consciousness and will increase Camp JRF's enrollment by 30 percent.

The new village reflects the need for social spaces to encourage the dialogue required to become responsible people and uses sustainable building strategies and materials to foster respect for the earth. The village will be composed of yurt cabins, round tent structures originating from nomadic tribes of Central Asia, appropriate to this project because of their round non-hierarchical and socially inclusive shape. They will be grouped in threes in the dense woods adjacent to a meadow, on wooden platforms around wide steps that lead to a communal fire pit. Colorful awnings will span between tents to provide relief from the sun and to unite the round yurt shapes.

The project also includes a boys and girls bathhouse which serves as a daily bathing spot as well as a place for campers to gather and discuss the events of the day. The bathhouses are comprised of sheltering roofs with deep overhangs and wood screen walls that offer views out and ample air circulation.

The project features many sustainable design components including locally harvested, naturally rot-resistant Black Locust lumber, stained glass-like walls of beer bottles recycled from local taverns and embedded in "cob" walls, dual flush toilets and waterless urinals, high ash content concrete foundations and stone walls made of stone found on the site.

Construction on the $2.5 million project began this fall at the 120-acre wooded, lakeside camp that annually welcomes nearly 400 campers ranging in age from 8 to 17 from
across North America, Israel and around the world.

TimBar Holds Ribbon Cutting

TimBar Packaging & Display's New Oxford Division held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 3 to commemorate the start up of its new Bobst Martin Flexo Folder Gluer. The machine has excellent register thanks to the non-stop vacuum transfer up to the die-cutting section. It also features the fastest top counter ejector on the market allowing for reduced set up times.
"In addition to adding much needed capacity, this easy to run machine is rated for high speed throughput", stated Jim Simpson, Vice President & General Manager for the facility. He added, "it will enable us to increase productivity and remain competitive in this aggressive market".

TimBar Packaging & Display has been a leading manufacturer of corrugated packaging for more than 55 years. TimBar
offers a large array of products and services including shipping containers, retail packaging, point of purchase displays, protective inserts and other specialty products as well as design, packout and fulfillment services.  For more information visit  or call 717-624-2122


Solar Innovations Receives Honor From Inc. Magazine

Inc. Magazine ranked Solar Innovations, Inc. No. 3974 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Fuhu tops this year's list. Solar Innovations, Inc. joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW, and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year's list.

"We are honored to have been named to such a prestigious list featuring quality companies. We owe great thanks to our customers, our vendors, and to our team for helping Solar grow. Through continued product development and top-notch customer service, we hope to become one of the best places to work in Pennsylvania" - Greg Header, President, Solar Innovations, Inc.

Solar Innovations, Inc. is a single source manufacturer of residential and commercial folding, tilting, sliding, and stacking glass doors, walls, windows, and screens; skylights; greenhouses; conservatories; sunrooms; wood and aluminum curtain walls; and more.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year's list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

"Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy," says Inc . Editor Eric Schurenberg.

Quandel rebrands, launches new website

Quandel Enterprises, a 131-year-old construction and engineering firm, has rebranded to create a single, strong brand for its parent company and eight subsidiaries across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The Harrisburg-based firm also launched a new website that reflects the new brand.

Founded in Minersville, Pennsylvania in 1882 by Emil Quandel, the company is now in its fourth generation of family leadership. According to CEO Noble C. "Bud" Quandel, "We've enjoyed tremendous growth over the past few decades, adding companies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and Minnesota. It's time to make it clear that we're all one company with one mission and a commitment to do what's right."

Quandel companies include Quandel Construction Group, Quandel Engineering, QEI Construction Group and QBN Development Group, based in Minersville, Harrisburg, Scranton and Williamsport; Pyramid Construction Services in Wormleysburg; J. Vinton Schafer & Sons in Abingdon, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia; and Quandel Consultants in Chicago and St. Paul, MN.

Quandel's new website – – provides a contemporary look and improved user experience. Visitors can learn about Quandel and its companies, view project profiles, see bid opportunities and apply for jobs.

Quandel Enterprises provides construction, construction management, engineering, development and consulting services through eight subsidiaries in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Quandel is consistently ranked on the ENR Top 400 U.S. Contractors list and Top 100 Construction Management Firms.

Yuengling Shows Thanks With Free Barbecue, Snacks

By Amy Marchiano (Republican-Herald Staff Writer)

Published: July 25, 2013

The Pottsville Republican-Herald

Lunch was free courtesy of Richard L. "Dick" Yuengling, president of D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., on Wednesday.

The Pottsville business had hot dogs, bratwurst, chips, pretzels, soda and water available to those who stopped by in front the brewery for its Barbeque at the Brewery event at 501 Mahantongo St.

Yuengling said the event was "something to get people out and enjoy themselves," adding that it was a way to show appreciation for support of the company.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. people ate food, posed for photographs with Yuengling and Tommy Greene, a retired Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, shopped at the gift store, and, in the case of one man, even texted a number for his chance to win a "Little Guy

The trailer will be given away to a Schuylkill County resident in late November or early December, said Rob Schimony, division sales manager for Yuengling. It has room for two people and includes a mini burner in the back, a pullout queen size bed and an electric outlet.

"It's kind of like the ultimate tail gate thing," he said.

No purchase is necessary for the approximate 12 foot by 7 foot, trailer valued at $7,000 and manufactured by an Ohio company.Yuengling

Those who want to try their luck at the trailer may text Lager5 to 74455.

Another trailer will be given away company wide to those who apply later this year.

The food was the event's big draw. It's Just Barbecue, Deer Lake, started cooking at 5 a.m. at the brewery.

"We're just actually boiling the last batch of them (bratwurst) right now," said Jeff Stumpf, a co-owner along with his wife, Rena, as he stood on site.

The bratwurst were boiled in Yuengling Black and Tan beer before they finished cooking on the grill. Onions, peppers and other condiments were available.

In all, 400 bratwurst and 500 hot dogs were cooked. The bratwurst were gone by about 1:38 p.m. There were about 100 hot dogs still left at that time, he said.

Chris Branham, 39, of Wind Gap, Northampton County, was enjoying her day off.

"This is much better than work," she said.

Her husband, Mike Futchko, 42, also enjoyed himself. They both had something to eat and said the food was good.

Futchko met Yuengling for the first time.

"He's very approachable and very nice to talk to," he said.

Yuengling autographed a square sign commemorating the brewery's 175th anniversary, posed for photos and signed T-shirts at the event.

Gloria Land had her photo taken with Yuengling.

"He's great," she said.

Pottsville Mayor John D. W. Reiley said the turnout this year was good.

"I look forward to it every year," he said.

Greene, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher from 1990 to 1995, signed autographs and posed for pictures to show his support for Yuengling.

He grew up in Whiteville, N.C., and said he liked his first visit to Pottsville.

"Nice, small town. I like it. Lots of Phillies fans. That's good," he said.

Anyone who spent $15 could also spin a wheel and win one of six prizes: an eagle tumbler, lager keg bank, khaki golf hat, 175th metal sign, black can koozie or a $5 gift card.

"Every spin's a win," said Debbie Altobelli, tour director.