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Annual Legislative Roundtable 2-5-16

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2016 Annual Legislative Roundtable

The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association maintains close contact with our State Representatives and believes each member should have the opportunity to meet their representative and discuss the issues that are of interest to them. This roundtable will provide an opportunity for you to share your issues and concerns with our legislators. This meeting will be an informational sharing session.

Confirmed for Attendance:

Senator Lisa Baker (R-20)
Senator John Gordner (R-27)
Senator David Argall (R-29)
Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-120)
Representative Doyle Heffley (R-122)
Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124)
Representative Mike Tobash (R-125)

Topics to be Discussed:
Budget
Pension
Taxes
Transportation / Infrastructure
Workforce Development

Date: February 5, 2016
Time: 8:00am - 10:00am
Location: Top of the 80's, Hazleton
Cost: $38.00 for Members $76.00 for Non-Members (Includes Breakfast)

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available
Gold Level: $600.00
Silver Level: $400.00
Bronze Level: $200.00
All sponsors will receive recognition at the breakfast.

To register: Please contact Joan Trosterud at 570-622-0992 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , fax to 570-622-2776 or mail to P.O. Box 541 Pottsville, PA 17901.

 

Legislative Roundtable and National Manufacturers Day

Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers & Employers Association (NEPA MAEA) will host our Annual Legislative Roundtable.

Date: October 2, 2015 Time: 8:00am - 10:00am Location: Top of the 80's, Hazleton

Confirmed for Attendance:
  • Senator John Yudichak (D-14)
  • Senator David Argall (R-29)
  • Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-121)
  • Representative Doyle Heffley (R-122)
  • Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124)

State Legislators will provide updates on current Legislative issues. Topics to be Discussed:

  • Budget
  • Pension
  • Taxes
  • Liquor Privatization
  • Right to Work

Manufacturing companies in attendance will be recognized by the Legislators and the NEPA MAEA. Each manufacturer will receive Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of their grassroots advocacy achievements. A virtual presentation of member manufacturing companies will run throughout the roundtable. In addition, the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers & Employers Council will host tours during National Manufacturers Week.

8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Summit

MAEA Offers Our 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Summit on September 24, 2015 with Former Member of the National Labor Relations Board Brian E. Hayes - Shareholder in the Washington, DC Office of Ogletree Deakins as the Keynote Speaker

Date: September 24, 2015

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Location: The Top of the 80's, Hazleton.

This summit is going to cover a wide variety of relevant and timely topics in the area of Labor and Employment Law that have been chosen by our members.

We are also accepting Sponsorships for this Event.

For additional information, please contact Chris Robbins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (570) 622-0992.

Solar Innovations, Inc. Develops Cold Frames That Foster Cold-weather Plant Production

Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial greenhouses; garden windows; conservatories; folding, sliding, and stacking walls, doors, windows, and screens; sunrooms; and skylights has designed and tested a cold frame system that can continue to produce plants, with little operational costs, even when outside temperatures drop below the acceptable growing range.

Pine Grove, PA, February 3, 2014 - Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial greenhouses; garden windows; conservatories; folding, sliding, and stacking walls, doors, windows, and screens; sunrooms; and skylights has designed and tested a cold frame system that can continue to produce plants, with little operational costs, even when outside temperatures drop below the acceptable growing range.

Solar Innovations, Inc. has four cold frames installed and operational at their manufacturing facility in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. These research and display units are maintained by Solar's greenhouse experts. Two of the cold frames automatically vent through passive methods, meaning no electricity is used to operate the vents.

In the fall of 2013, the experimental cold frames were planted with hardy, cold weather crops such as lettuce, radishes, beets, pansies, and sage. The plants thrived during the fall and winter months despite below average temperatures and several snowfalls. Lettuce and radishes were harvested from late fall through the end of December. The cold frames protected the plants, allowed the gardener to extend the growing season, and proved to be an economical and practical accessory. Pennsylvania suffered an extreme cold spell in January, with the air temperature dropping below zero. Lettuce, sage, pansies, and radishes survived these harsh conditions in the cold frames.

A cold frame utilizes the principles of passive solar design. The container's glazing collects solar energy, which fulfills the plants' requirements for photosynthesis and heat. Glass and polycarbonate are acceptable glazing options, depending upon functional and performance requirements. Throughout the day the cold frame's lid is used to vent excess heat and provide gardeners access to the plants.

Traditionally, resourceful growers have constructed cold frames from scrap materials and used them on farms or in gardens. Solar Innovations, Inc.'s cold frames improve upon this traditional design by utilizing thermally-broken aluminum framing, which insulates the interior of the structure and helps to store the solar heat collected during the day for use at night.

The solid metal back wall of a cold frame by Solar Innovations, Inc. can be dark in color to help convert short-wavelength sunlight into long-wavelength heat energy for the plants. This conversion is the basis of the greenhouse effect. The soil, whether in pots or filling the cold frame, serves as thermal mass, absorbing and storing the heat energy for later use.

Gardeners looking for a cost-efficient way to grow year round and to extend the season, even during the most inhospitable weather, can rely on the performance and benefits of Solar Innovations, Inc.'s cold frames.

Solar's greenhouse experts can design custom cold frames based on the end user's location and desired plantings. Sizes, colors, and glazing selection can be tailored to fit the gardener's specific needs, allowing for a choice of manual or automatic ventilation. For more information on Solar Innovations, Inc.'s cold frames or to receive an updated greenhouse brochure, please contact a Solar Innovations, Inc. greenhouse expert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-618-0669.

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.