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September 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Berks newsmakers via Reading Eagle.

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Amity Fence Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Amity Fence Co. Inc., Muhlenberg Township, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to court documents available Wednesday.F. Scott Goetz, listed as the sole stockholder, founded the company, which installed industrial, commercial and institutional fencing and security systems, in 1986.

via Reading Eagle – Amity Fence Co. files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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Job Seekers Can Find Job Openings from Chamber Member Businesses Online

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce has Chamber member job openings listed on its website.

Job seekers can visit http://www.tricountyareachamber.com and find job openings from Chamber member businesses and organizations.

The new feature is the result of a survey to the membership which indicated a need for the service. Chamber members can email their job opening information to jeff@tricountyareachamber.com.

Job seekers are welcome to drop resumes off at the Chamber office or send them via email.

For more information, visit http://www.tricountyareachamber.com or call 610-326-2900.

via Reading Eagle

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Is There a Way Out for Old Industrialized Nations? Chances To Catch up with Global Realities

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Peter Olfs, former head of corporate communications at International Siemens AG, Munich, Germany, will present “Is There a Way Out for Old Industrialized Nations? Chances To Catch up with Global Realities” Sept. 9 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in Luerssen Building 5 at Penn State Berks.

The lecture is part of the fall engineering, business and computing division research interest group series and is free and open to the public.

Olfs theorizes that as a society, we live above our means, the poor keep getting poorer, our values are vanishing and as the blood toll rises, our species is dying out.

His presentation focuses on tasks for developed and developing nations, the future role of universities and practical solutions to combat the issues facing our world.

For more information, contact Dr. Jui-Chi Huang, chairman of the EBC-RIG and assistant professor of economics, at JXH74@psu.edu.

via Reading Eagle

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Local Hiring May Be On The Uptick

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Some employers are replacing summer help; others are ramping up for the fall.

Gretchen Strouphar, branch manager of Manpower Inc., Sinking Spring, said: “The summer help is gone. We are very happy to know that many of our clients are looking at replacing summer help in the manufacturing and production.

“It’s not a huge uptick in business, but it remains steady. I don’t recall clients wanting to replace students one-for-one in the past.”

via Reading Eagle – Local hiring may be on the uptick

Jobless Rates for July Mixed

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Unemployment in Reading decreased in July to 12.8 percent, down from a revised 12.9 percent for June, while Berks County’s increased to 8.3 percent, according to statistics provided today by the state Department of Labor and Industry.

The seasonally adjusted county jobless rate rose 0.3 percentage points from the 8.0 percent reported in June and dropped 0.9 percent from July 2010.

In the city, the unemployment rate was down from 13.3 percent a year earlier. This rate is not seasonally adjusted.

In July, Reading’s unemployment rate dropped to the fourth-highest among the state’s 80 largest municipalities.

via Reading Eagle – Jobless rates mixed in July

Muhlenberg Companies to Close

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Two sister powder-coatings companies in Muhlenberg Township have notified the state Department of Labor & Industry that they will be closing their plants and laying off 31 employees.

Tiger Drylac USA Inc. and Reading Powder Coatings Inc., at 1090 and 1100 Commons Blvd., respectively, reported that 23 people will be laid off and two workers possibly reassigned at Tiger DryLac, and eight people laid off and four workers possibly reassigned at Reading Powder Coatings.

The companies are expected to begin layoffs Dec. 19, with both plants closing permanently Dec. 30, according to Workforce Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, notices sent to L&I this month.

via Reading Eagle – Muhlenberg companies to close

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Retailers Try to Catch Up With Amazon

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Retailers are shoring up their e-commerce operations, playing catch-up as budget-conscious shoppers defect to such online merchants as Amazon.com…

“Many brick-and-mortar retailers have had their aha moment as Amazon continues to grow and the Internet is getting more viable,” said Mick Mountz, chief executive officer of Kiva Systems Inc., which has seen orders surge this year for the warehouse robots it sells to retailers

via Reading Eagle – Retailers try to catch Amazon

5 Berks Companies Rank on Inc.

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Five firms made the Inc. 5000 list and three of the selections are new to the prestigious list. Last year, only two companies made the list.

This year’s local winners:

NorthStar Solutions Group, a Spring Township business and information technology company, its first time, ranked No. 829.

Fidelity Technology Corp., a Muhlenberg Township defense contractor, which has made the list for the last several years, ranked No. 1412.

Caring Matters Home Care, a home health care provider at 1333 Wayne St., also a first-time placement, ranked No. 3494.

Gateway Ticketing Systems, a Boyertown software company, which has made the list a few times, ranked No. 4960.

Stevens & Lee, a law and business-services firm at 111 N. Sixth St., its first time on the list, ranked No. 4969.

via Reading Eagle – 5 Berks companies rank on Inc..

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Carpenter Technology Will Likely Leave Reading Area

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Carpenter Technology Corp. announced Wednesday that it plans to build a $500 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to serve its aerospace and energy markets, but most likely the plant would not be built in the Reading area.

via Reading Eagle – Carpenter to build plant, most likely elsewhere.

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