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Pennsylvania celebrates “Small Business Week” Event kicks off in Bedford County at Mission Critical Solutions

(L-R) State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar, 69th District; George Bohrer, President, Mission Critical Solutions, LLC; Bob McGowan, CEO, Mission Critical Solutions, LLC; Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver, PA Department of Community and Economic Development; Bette Slayton, President, Bedford County Development Association; Representative Jesse Topper, 78th District; and State Senator Wayne Langerholc,Jr., 35th District.

(L-R) State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar, 69th District; George Bohrer, President, Mission Critical Solutions, LLC; Bob McGowan, CEO, Mission Critical Solutions, LLC; Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver, PA Department of Community and Economic Development; Bette Slayton, President, Bedford County Development Association; Representative Jesse Topper, 78th District; and State Senator Wayne Langerholc,Jr., 35th District.

 

 Alum Bank, PA — To celebrate the backbone of the state’s economy, the state announced Small Business Week in Pennsylvania in a kickoff event held at Mission Critical Solutions in Alum Bank, Bedford County.

Small Business Week runs from April 30 through May 6 and will include numerous workshops and programs statewide.

The official announcement was made by Neil Weaver, executive deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

“Small business is the backbone of Pennsylvania’s economy,” Weaver said. “There are about 1.2 million small businesses with 2.5 million employees in the Commonwealth. Small business accounted for the creation of 24,000 new jobs in 2016.”

According to Weaver, the goal of Pennsylvania Small Business Week is to educate and bring awareness of all the programs and assistance available for those who own a small business or want to start one.

In addition to loans and grants, Weaver’s office creates networking opportunities as well as access to international markets and suppliers. He hopes to let everyone know that his department is responsible for $1.5 billion in loans and grants.

“We will be crisscrossing the state to support a variety of small business activities.”

Weaver noted that Mission Critical Solutions – and Bedford County – were selected for the launch of Pennsylvania Small Business Week due to the close relationship between the public and private sectors in Bedford County.

Mission Critical Solutions is a highly successful company that is a Department of Defense contractor providing fabrication, machining, engineering, and many other services. The company is the vision of partners Bob McGowan and George Bohrer.

Both men credited the Bedford County economic development community, and specifically the Bedford County Development Association for providing assistance to their entrepreneurial efforts.

“BCDA is the first group we reached out to,” said McGowan. “They, in turn, went to the state and helped us get to know the Governor’s Action Team.”

Mission Critical Solutions has shown remarkable growth over the past several years. “We are committed to employing world class people from local training programs,” McGowan noted.

“Small businesses like ours need the support of strategic partnerships to compete successfully in a global market,” said Bohrer. “And the synergies in Bedford County have been awesome.”

On hand to celebrate the state’s announcement were State Senator Wayne Langerholc and State Representative Jesse Topper.

“When Bob and George told me their story I realized that starting a small business is not easy,” stated Langerholc. “They are the people who take a risk. Two thirds of all growth in the country is due to small businesses.  We need to do everything we can to help them succeed,”

Topper added that “We need to remember who signs the paychecks. We are grateful that they were willing to take risks. Groups like BCDA are truly the boots on the ground in helping businesses get started.”

For more information, contact:

Bob McGowan, CEO
Mission Critical Solutions
P:  (814) 839-2078
E:  bmcgowan@missioncriticalsolutions.com

Bette Slayton, President
Bedford County Development Association
P:  (814) 623-4816
E:  slayton@bcda.org

 

Seton building to sell

Green Leaf Property (former Seton Building)

Seton Building, Saxton, PA

The former Seton manufacturing plant is under contract for sale to Green Leaf Medical, LLC, a Maryland based company.

With a 30-plus year history in Saxton, Seton announced that it was closing the plant in 2008.  The 274,000-sq. ft. facility has remained dormant since the facility closed.

Green Leaf Medicals, based in Frederick, Maryland, will be acquiring the plant to house a medical cannabis growing and processing facility.  Its application for a license is currently under review by the PA Department of Health.

The company has experience in this industry.  “Our company competed for a license to cultivate medical cannabis in Maryland and in 2016 we were awarded the #1 ranked license out of 146 competitors,” noted Philip Goldberg, Green Leaf Medical CEO.

The Green Leaf team, working with the Bedford County Development Association, explored the viability of using the Seton facility for its operations.  “Ultimately we selected the location for multiple reasons including Saxton’s willingness to work with us, the high quality local workforce, the price and infrastructure of the facility and its close proximity to our Frederick, Maryland location,” Goldberg said.

“We have met with Mayor Smith, the Tussey Mountain School Board and several officers from the Saxton Fire Company to relay our plans for the facility and our intention of giving back to the community,” Goldberg noted.  Initially, 15-20 new jobs will be created with multiple spin-off jobs needed to support the business.

The medical cannabis will be processed into pills, liquids, oils, topical creams or gels.  Patients who suffer from any of 17 serious medical conditions, and are certified by a physician, may access this product.  These conditions include cancer, epilepsy, severe and chronic pain, glaucoma and PTSD.

“Some folks may have reservations about medical cannabis.  I encourage everyone to learn more about the potential benefits it can provide.  Our company is focused on medical cannabis production and fights against recreational marijuana use,” stated Goldberg.

The Green Leaf board includes a neurologist who has received DEA approval to use medical cannabis to treat children suffering from epilepsy, a pharmacologist from the University of Maryland that develops anti-cancer drugs, a member of the Department of Homeland Security and a retired lieutenant from the Frederick Police Department.

The facility will be a state-of-the-art, pharmaceutical grade, highly secure building.

Pennsylvania recently opened applications for medical cannabis grower-processors and dispensaries.  It carved the state into six regions.  Bedford County is at the western edge of the South-Central Region which consists of 13 counties including Dauphin and York.  In this region, permits will be awarded to four dispensaries and two grower processors.  Applications were due March 20 with an anticipated 90-120-day review period.

About 900 applicants are anticipated to make application for the first round of permits.  Application fees for grower and processors is $10,000 and, if approved, the annual fee is $200,000/year.  The state’s goal is to have sites operational by early 2018.

BCDA Board Chair Doug Gerber noted “Green Leaf Medicals will be a welcome addition to Bedford County.  We’re pleased to see growth in our pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and activity at the former Seton facility.  The building layout is conducive to subdividing which will add to our inventory of available space for lease.  It is gratifying to see that Green Leaf is committed to helping the community and getting people back to work.”

For more information, please contact:

Philip Goldberg, CEO
Green Leaf Medicals, LLC
(800) 530-8793 Ext. 110
E-mail:  Phil@greenleafmedicals.com

Bette Slayton, President
Bedford County Development Association
(814) 623-4816
E-mail:  slayton@bcda.org