Manufacturers’ Association interim director wants to help publicize the group

I had a chance to catch up by phone the other day with Jack Bardol, the Manufacturers’ Association’s interim executive director.
Bardol made it clear he’s not looking to take the job on a permanent basis.
Bardol, 58, already has a busy Manchester Township consulting practice where he works with manufacturing clients exclusively.
Under his agreement with the manufacturers group, Bardol will spend about 60 hours a month on association business through the end of August. Bardol declined to say how much the assignment pays but he’s already spent time with the association’s staff and come away impressed, he said.

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Harley-Davidson’s credit union to merge with White Rose Credit Union

The credit union for employees at Harley-Davidson Inc.’s Springettsbury Township manufacturing plant will merge into the larger White Rose Credit Union under a plan Pennsylvania banking regulators approved earlier this month.
The merger — between White Rose and HD York Federal Credit Union — is slated to occur on May 31, Debra Kauffman, White Rose’s president and CEO, said Thursday.
The two credit unions already know one another well.
White Rose employees have been staffing HD’s single branch at 3214 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township since September when HD’s lone employee went out on medical leave, Kauffman said.
The merger, which federal credit union regulators approved in November, is part of a national trend of smaller credit unions joining up with larger ones to offer their customers more services.
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Foodstruck brings foot traffic to York businesses

More than 8,500 people filled downtown York Friday night for the second Foodstruck event. When I read Christina Clarke’s (You probably know her as the owner of Sunrise Soap) comments on the YDR Facebook post below, I had to share it here because it talks about what the event did for business.

She wrote: “It was great to see downtown literally SWARMING!! The restaurants were all packed!!!! The shops on The Shops on North Beaver Street had a steady flow of people… and the overall mood was jovial and fun (the attitude: WHAT RAIN?) I saw nothing but patience, kindness, consideration and love among everyone I encountered. The foot traffic was amazing! Thank you everyone for coming downtown last evening — you literally got a taste of the unique and special things that are planned by people who are in LOVE with I Love York City !

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Old dog learns new tricks @NICAR14

In five months, I turn 39 years old. I wouldn’t consider myself old, but I’m not young either.

At no time has this fact been more clear than in past two days I’ve spent attending a computer-assisted reporting conference in Baltimore.

Many of the attendees appear to be younger than 30, but don’t let their age fool you. Many of those I’ve in the last 48 hours are some of the smartest and most dedicated journalists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

Yesterday, I spent most of day learning how to use digital maps to tell a story. The mapping mini-boot camp started at 9 a.m. and lasted till 5 p.m. At no time during the class did I wonder when the day-long session might end.

The class was fast paced.

I learned that a color-coded map embedded with photos and charts might be better tool to tell the tale of an election than a 15-inch story.

So far today, I’ve been to three sessions, with three more on tap.

I’ll let you know what else this old dog has learned.

Stay tuned.

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Do you have a Capital One credit card? You should expect a visit soon

I really wish I had a Capital One credit card. I could use the help.

No, I’m not talking about financial assistance. I’m refering to real, hands-on help at home and at work.

Recently, Capital One sent a contract update to its cardholders that makes clear it can drop by any time it pleases, according to an Los Angeles Times article.

Essentially, the update states that the company can contact you by vitually any manner of communication including personal visits to your home or work.

Some people might find this invasive. Not me. As I said, I can use the help.

I typically start my work week with a full plate. If someone from Cap One stopped by the YDR, I’d find them an empty desk and put them to work.

No sense standing around talking about credit cards.

If they are here, they are here to work. I’d have them writing rails and returning phone calls in no time.

If a representative stopped by my house, all the better.

I have a garage that could use some organizing…today.

Thank you, Capital One. You almost make me want to sign up for one of your credit cards.

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Made In York: Things you didn’t know were made here

At Red Lion Controls in Manchester Township, workers manufacturer electronic components used in popular DVD rental kiosks. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS -- FILE)

At Red Lion Controls in Manchester Township, workers manufacturer electronic components used in popular DVD rental kiosks. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — FILE)

Yuengling makes ice cream.

Well, now they do.

A branch of the beer-making family is bringing back the tradition this year. It ended in the 1980s.

The Yuengling name first became associated with ice cream in 1920 — which I’m sure, for lager-lovers everywhere, was a “I never knew that” moment.

This got me thinking about companies I’ve visited in York and the things they make — or have made — that never cease to surprise me.

Here’s just a few of them: Continue reading “Made In York: Things you didn’t know were made here” »

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West York EMS chairman writes of regionalization following WellSpan decision

Volunteer District Fire Chief Paul Grubbs, right rear, and John Dommel, president of Grantley Fire and EMS, show off the sirens on an ambulance in the Spring Garden Township fire house. Grantley EMS is becoming an advanced life support provider after WellSpan announced it would no longer staff local EMS companies with paramedics. (Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News)

Volunteer District Fire Chief Paul Grubbs, right rear, and John Dommel, president of Grantley Fire and EMS, show off the sirens on an ambulance in the Spring Garden Township fire house. Grantley EMS is becoming an advanced life support provider after WellSpan announced it would no longer staff local EMS companies with paramedics. (Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News)

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Grantley EMS about the changes they’ve made regarding WellSpan’s recent decision to stop leasing paramedics to the community.

Then, I saw this on the @YorkRegionalEMS Twitter account.

(Yoe Ambulance changed its name recently to York Regional EMS to more accurately reflect its service to the community and help promote the regionalization WellSpan wants to create through its decision.)

The post, authored by West York EMS chairman Rod Drawbaugh, talks about the changes happening for the local emergency services provider. Continue reading “West York EMS chairman writes of regionalization following WellSpan decision” »

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Are more people landing jobs or are they simply dropping out of York County’s labor force?

From the left, Justin Mahaffey and Carolyn Blyzniuk of Ecolab USA talk with Jason Leas of Dover who is looking for a career in HVAC  during a HACC-York Campus Career and Transfer Fair in York.

From the left, Justin Mahaffey and Carolyn Blyzniuk of Ecolab USA talk with Jason Leas of Dover who is looking for a career in HVAC during a HACC-York Campus Career and Transfer Fair in York.

The state of the local job market depends on who you ask.

Some people will look at the current numbers and, with no real analysis, claim that the days of high unemployment are behind us.

A quick look at those numbers shows that, year-over-year, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.8 percent to 6.9 percent.

But, do those stats directly reflect hiring?

I’d say no.

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Harley-Davidson’s York plant recognized by IndustryWeek as one of 2013′s “Best Plants”

Harley York manufacturing

Harley-Davidson’s renovated plant includes a new way motorcycles are assembled — on carts that follow magnetic tape on the floor, instead of on conveyor belts anchored in concrete — and is designed to give the plant flexibility in what it can produce. (Submitted)

Harley-Davidson’s York County operations was recently recognized by IndustryWeek as one of its 2013 “Best Plants.”

Why?

According to the publication, “New Factory York” meets the challenge of operational excellence and keeps pushing for more. Continue reading “Harley-Davidson’s York plant recognized by IndustryWeek as one of 2013′s “Best Plants”” »

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Where do you get your stocking stuffers?

Photo courtesy of Canucklibrarian on Flickr.

Photo courtesy of Canucklibrarian on Flickr.

On Christmas morning, my little sister and I still get stockings from my mom.

She also fills a stocking for my dad, who is almost 60.

She can’t help herself, I guess.

We get the usual: Oranges. Sometimes a pomegranate. A toothbrush. Maybe some gum and a bag of chocolate.

Not sure where she buys a lot of it. Probably the dollar store.

Where do you shop for stocking stuffers and what do you buy?

We’re looking for last-minute suggestions.

 

 

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