State chamber official testifies in support of pension-reform bill

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Sam Denisco, the chamber's vice president for government affairs, presented testimony at Thursday's public hearing on Senate Bill 1 (SB1), praising the bill and asserting that the Commonwealth’s public pension crisis affects all Pennsylvanians across the board — from the state itself to businesses, schools and taxpayers. Read More »

Public-private partnership forged to replace 558 state bridges

Through a public-private partnership with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will launch the Rapid Bridge Replacement Program this month, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said on Thursday. During the next three years, the PWKP team plans to replace 558 bridges statewide, with 58 projects scheduled for this year. Read More »

State Senate hearing to tackle safety issues in transport of fuel products

The state Senate’s Transportation Committee and Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hear testimony at a joint hearing, titled “Safe Transportation of Crude Oil (and Other Energy Products) by Rail in Pennsylvania," 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The general public and the media are invited to attend the hearing, in Room 1 of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission’s Keystone Building, located at 400 North Street in Harrisburg. Read More »

Pennsylvania American Water starts West Norriton Township water-main work

Pennsylvania American Water said last week that new water-main work has begun in West Norriton Township to boost service reliability and fire protection, with three sections of pipe dating to the 1950s scheduled for replacement. Workers, who will be operating between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays, will replace pipe sections in the areas of Carey Lane between Hemlock Road and Brandon Road, Keswick Lane between Carey Lane and School Lane; and Virginia Lane between Carey Lane and School Lane. Read More »

HAP urges legislative budget support of health care funding

In response to the Wolf administration’s ongoing budget discussions, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) continues to stress its priorities to legislators, advocating both caution in decision-making and consideration for the well-being of the state’s residents. Stating that hospitals are crucial to a strong state and supporting investment in Pennsylvania’s health system, HAP feels that the Governor’s proposed budget cuts are not advisable, particularly for vulnerable c Read More »

BlueGrace Logistics awards new Pittsburgh franchise to Knichel

BlueGrace Logistics, a customized transportation-management solutions provider, said on Tuesday that it has awarded its most recent franchise location, BlueGrace Pittsburgh North, to Pittsburgh-based Knichel Logistics. “It is extremely exciting to be part of the Blue Grace family as an LTL (less-than-truckload) franchise,” Kristy Knichel, CEO and president of Knichel Logistics, said. Read More »

Continuum hosts Tech Connect job-recruiting event

Continuum, a channel-exclusive provider of fully-integrated, managed IT services solutions, hosted a Tech Connect Recruting event on Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Technology Council in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.Continuum personnel interviewed job seekers looking for work in the IT field. “It really is a team-based environment," Dustin Weber, a Continuum knowledge base administrator and developer of training who has been with the company for two years and has earned two promotions, said. Read More »

Sage Hospitality plans fall opening for redesigned Logan Hotel in Philadelphia

Sage Hospitality said on Tuesday that it plans a fall opening for its transformed Logan Hotel in Philadelphia, which will feature an art-inspired interpretation on modern luxury that will make it nearly unrecognizable from its predecessor, the former Four Seasons Hotel. Sage President and CEO Walter Isenberg said that when the Logan reopens, Philadelphia can expect something truly unique, a hotel in which the city can take pride. Read More »