May 17, 2016 Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pruftechnik, Inc., a global provider of high-quality testing and measuring systems for industrial maintenance, will establish a national headquarters in Philadelphia, a move that will create 35 new, high-wage, full-time jobs.“Today’s announcement is another indicator that businesses are feeling confident in Pennsylvania as the best place to start and grow their companies,” Governor Wolf said. “Companies from all across the U.S. are moving their operations to Pennsylvania, and Pruftechnik is the latest one to make the move.”Pruftechnik will expand operations and establish a national headquarters which will house its sales and management operations for alignment systems and condition monitoring at a renovated building on Bartram Avenue in Philadelphia. The new facility will also house Pruftechnik Services, Inc., a subsidiary that provides specialized machinery services. The company will invest more than $1.4 million in the project, and has also committed to creating 35 new, high-wage full-time jobs over the next three years.“The new operation enables PRUFTECHNIK to bridge the gap between R&D, product management, international sales and production in Germany, and the end-user community in the United States. The ‘factory direct’ approach makes us more customer-centric,” Florian Buder, Chief Executive Officer, PRUFTECHNIK North America said.Pruftechnik received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $70,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $21,350 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.PRUFTECHNIK is a market leader in laser alignment systems and a world leading solution provider for the maintenance of rotating equipment. PRUFTECHNIK’s portfolio of products and services ranges from the monitoring of machine health and fault diagnosis through to corrective solutions such as alignment and field balancing. PRUFTECHNIK operates 20 sales and service locations around the world.For more information on Pruftechnik, visit www.pruftechnik.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newPA.com.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Announces PRUFTECHNIK, Inc. to Establish National Headquarters in Philadelphia, Creating New Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
WHITTIER – It was the church the late President Richard Nixon attended when he lived in Whittier. And for a few locals like Claire Smith, it’s the church in which they were raised. East Whittier Friends Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend, and as many as four generations of congregants and former pastors are expected to return for the festivities. Smith, 77, said the church is “my home church.” The La Habra resident has served as East Whittier Friends’ administrator since 1972 and is one of its longest-standing members. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It’s very exciting to be involved in a church that’s been around this long,” added George Cosand, 61, of Whittier. “God’s been good to this church, and this is only one milestone – we’re expecting many more,” Cosand said. East Whittier Friends Church, which officially marks its centennial Tuesday, was founded in the Quaker tradition. But it was thrown into the public spotlight whenever Nixon visited California as vice president and then as president. Smith said Nixon, as a young boy, played piano for the church’s Sunday school. East Whittier Friends Church’s original worship building came from the New River Friends Church in what is now Downey. The structure was moved to a lot on Whittier Boulevard in 1906. It was repaired and furnished for $479.02, according to church records. Charles Tebbets, then-president of Whittier College, served as the first church’s pastor, but he could preach “only when the road was passable,” church historians said. The original church building was eventually demolished, and the current structure was completed in 1927. For many years, East Whittier Friends remained the only church on Whittier Boulevard east of Los Angeles. What makes the church’s current building so unique is its old-English design. It is one of only a few buildings on the boulevard that has a basement. And its stained-glass windows date to the original building. “The architecture is very striking,” Smith said. “There aren’t churches that look like this anymore.” Within the sanctuary, thick, wooden beams, hand hewn by a church member, line the interior of the building. Cracks along the beams are evidence of past earthquakes, including the 1987 Whittier Narrows quake. The church has expanded over the past 79 years. Officials have added classrooms and meeting rooms. The church also owns several properties along the north side of Russell Street. Several congregation members described their 250-member faith community as a “family church.” “It’s not a mega-church, but it provides,” said Melanie Lopez, the church’s youth pastor. “Everybody knows everybody’s name, and they provide for each other.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!