Meet the Staff of LVEDC

July 21, 2021

 

Transitions have their challenges!

 

After 5 years of dedicated service we say goodbye to Kathy Kohl. Kathy was an exceptional employee of the LVEDC. She brought with her many attributes. We will miss her friendly smile and cheerful disposition. Kathy has begun her retirement phase and will be missed greatly.

I am pleased that we have hired Toni Spangler as the new Administrative Assistant. She brings with her many traits and skills that will compliment the Organization.

 

In this new article I'd like to share with you my great team.

 

--Susan Eberly, President

 

Toni Spangler, Administration Assistant/Bookkeeping

 

Toni Spangler started in June of 2021 as the LVEDC’s Administrative Assistant.  She is eager to learn the many aspects of economic development and brings with her many years of experience. 

 

Toni holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Accountancy.

Toni will be performing clerical, administrative and accounting duties, and assisting the President with her responsibilities. Some of these duties include coordinating meetings and minute taking, maintaining databases of current demographic and statistical information, assisting with the preparation and distribution of funding applications, preparing reports, and obtaining Insurance and financial information, as well as assisting with bookkeeping and maintaining an efficiently run office.

 

Toni has held previous positions as an Administrative Assistant, and In-House Accountant, Accounting Clerk, Controller, and Audit Specialist I and Trainee.  

 

Toni is deeply involved in her community. She is a member of the Finance Committee, of the Mary Gate of Heaven, Treasurer of the Lebanon District Council Catholic Women, Accounting/Administration for her husband’s business, Brent A. Spangler, General Contractor, LLC. Previously, she was the Treasurer for the Myerstown Elementary PTO, and Auditor of the Borough of Myerstown. In addition, Toni has been able to call Myerstown home most of her entire life and has raised her family there, a son and a daughter. 

 

Toni is detailed oriented, a great problem solver, cheerful, helpful, and always willing to go the extra mile for someone.   She is also that friendly voice you hear when you first call the LVEDC. Please help us make her feel welcomed. We are so excited to have her! It is obvious that she is going to be a great asset to the LVEDC in the coming years.

Melissa R. Kulbitsky, Economic Development Specialist

Melissa started with the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) in December part-time.   In January she transitioned full-time as the Corporation’s Economic Development Specialist.

 

Melissa provides support to the President's many initiatives by assisting with workforce development, communications, financing programs, business retention, recruitment, expansion efforts, community relations and business development.

 

Before joining the LVEDC, Melissa worked in various sectors of the local Community such as a Sketch Artist, Clinical Secretary, Court Clerk and Judicial Secretary. 

 

Melissa has been a member of several local civic clubs/councils a few of which are Kiwanis and Wellspan Health Good Samaritan Patient Advocate Advisory Council. She has served on several Non-Profit Boards including the Community of Lebanon Association, Developmental and Disability Services of Lebanon County and Children & Youth.  

 

In 2012 she received the Lenny Lester Volunteer of the Year Award for her community involvement in the creation of the Lebanon Motorcycle Show. In 2013 She was inducted into Lebanon County’s Local Women’s Hall of Fame as a Leader and Role Model. In 2014 She graduated from Leadership Lebanon Valley. Melissa is a lifelong avid nature and animal lover. That love inspires her to paint and draw the animals that she has known and loved in her life.

 

Melissa’s work experiences, strong work ethics, devotion to the community and love of nature has enabled her to bring a unique set of skills to the Organization. Those combined skills and talents, and common sense but also “out of the box thinking” mindset has allowed her to positively contribute to the LVEDC since her hire. It will be interesting to see how she continues to contribute to Lebanon County during these unprecedented times of growth. 

Eve Beamesderfer, Business Specialist/Finance

It is hard to believe that Eve Beamesderfer has already been with our organization for over 2 years! She started as an administrative assistant and quickly learned that her passion was to assist with packaging loans for the Organization.

 

As successful owner and operator of a commercial agricultural operation, Eve had researched the LVEDC's low interest loan programs, and calculated the benefits of utilizing the program. As a past recipient of the program, she appreciated the assistance that the LVEDC had to offer to the Industry. Eve wanted to share her knowledge and quickly embraced taking leadership in promoting and packaging the LVEDC loans for others in the agriculture industry as well as the industrial sector.

 

In her few short year at the LVEDC, Eve has assisted in growing the loan portfolio and has been instrumental in lending close to $10,000,000 in DCED financing to the Community.

 

Eve enjoys working the land on her 64-acre family farm as well as managing the poultry and beef operation. Her responsibilities include daily management of livestock, crops, bookkeeping and accounting. Eve achieved the PA Environmental Agricultural Conservation Certificate of Excellence (PEACCE), She serves as a Board of Director on the Penn State Extension and a Board Trustee of the Ono United Methodist Church.

 

Eve's work and life experiences, strong work ethic, and passion for others bring a skill set that compliments the Organizations mission. She is a great asset to the Corporation. So if you know of anyone looking for financing options, please send them her way as she will work diligently to find solutions for various projects that need complimentary financing.

Master Freeze Ground Breaking 

On Tuesday, July 10th, 2021, Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation held a Ground Breaking Ceremony for Master Freeze and Distribution, LLC. They will be building a 100,000 square foot facility and creating 110 new jobs for the County.

 

Pictured: Master Freeze Team, LVEDC Board of Directors and Elected Officials

 

 

After the Ground Breaking Ceremony, everyone stayed to enjoy the refreshments and chat.

WEPA/TEC CENTRO SITE VISIT BY WEPA REPRESENTATIVES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

 

On Friday, August 20, 2021, LVEDC’s Economic Development Specialist, Melissa Kulbitsky joined a group of Community Leaders and Elected Officials in touring Tec Centro. The tour was coordinated and led by WEPA Founders, Rafael Torres, and Maribel Gonzales.

 

Tec Centro is the primary provider of bilingual education and skills training to low-income individuals in Lancaster County. The skill training programs they offer helps individuals to earn more life sustaining wages. This in turn allows these individuals to lift themselves out of poverty, many even becoming 1st time homeowners.

 

WEPA, a Regional Empowerment Center, while still in the planning stages, is going to be located in Lebanon City, Lebanon, PA. WEPA is partnering with TEC CENTRO founder, Carlos Graupera, to use TEC CENTRO as WEPA's operating model. WEPA will address local needs such as language barriers, cultural education, workforce skills, and others needs as they are realized. 

 

WEPA Center is also committed to fostering leadership, cultural competency, and individual growth by developing close partnerships with like-hearted organizations providing services and program opportunities throughout

South Central, Pennsylvania.

 

WEPA will be open and welcoming to all persons of all races and languages. Its intentions are to help people empower themselves through education, and job skill building.

 

WEPA is currently seeking forward-thinking, visionary board members that will enhance the growth and development of the nonprofit organization. 

If interested send an email with your resume to: wepacenter@gmail.com.

IN THE NEWS

LVEDC is instrumental in Assisting with Agriculture Loans

 

Wen-Crest Farms

Wen-Crest Farms LLC was approved for a $300,000, seven-year term loan at a fixed 2 percent rate through Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation to assist in the purchase of a 2017 New Holland combine and other equipment to be used for bean and crop harvesting. Owner Steve Wenger has a third-generation farming operation on Schaeffer Road in South Lebanon Township that produces various types of crops and livestock that are sold to local dairy farms and other companies.

Matthew and Katrina Martin 

Matthew S. and Katrina Martin were approved for a $400,000, 15-year term loan at a fixed 2 percent rate through Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation to assist in the construction of three 63-by-500-foot broiler houses to raise organic birds on their 74-acre poultry farm on Kenbrook Road in North Lebanon and Swatara townships. Matthew S. and Katrina Martin were approved for a $400,000, 15-year term loan at a fixed 2 percent rate through Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation to assist in the construction of three 63-by-500-foot broiler houses to raise organic birds on their 74-acre poultry farm on Kenbrook Road in North Lebanon and Swatara townships.

 

Ace Hardware picks Lebanon hub as part of corporate restructuring Abetted by state funds, deal is expected to create 208 jobs

By CPBJ Staff, April 27, 2017 at 11:20 AM

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A Lebanon County warehouse is slated to become a new regional distribution center for national retail cooperative Ace Hardware Corp., which is restructuring its operations in the eastern U.S. over the next two years.

Ace Hardware has agreed to lease an 874,126 square-foot warehouse in Bethel Township, according to the office of Gov. Tom Wolf, whose administration announced the deal this morning.

The warehouse will be enlarged to 1.1 million square feet and serve as a distribution center serving Ace Hardware stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C., according to the governor's office.

The warehouse is in the Lebanon Valley Distribution Center, which was developed by Trammell Crow Co., said Susan Eberly, president and CEO of the the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp. The center is off Route 22, near the I-78/I-81 split.

In a separate release, Illinois-based Ace Hardware said the move is part of a restructuring of its distribution operations.

In addition to opening the Lebanon County warehouse, the company plans to close facilities in Virginia, Maryland and Maine, as well as in Pittston, Pa. The restructuring also includes the recent expansion of a distribution facility in Wilton, N.Y., north of Albany.

The restructuring is expected to take 24 months, Ace said, with the Lebanon facility opening in the first quarter of 2018. The company also said it would work with employees affected by the restructuring, offering them transition services and relocation opportunities.

The company plans to invest $20 million in the Lebanon facility, creating 208 full-time jobs and retaining 65. 

The state Department of Community and Economic Development kicked in an incentive package of grants and tax credits worth a combined $568,000, including $208,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed once the jobs are created.

The project was coordinated by the Governor's Action Team, comprised of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor, in collaboration with the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp.

"Pennsylvania's proximity and access to markets makes it a prime choice for these types of distribution centers," Wolf said in a statement.

Indeed, Bethel Township has seen a flurry of warehouse construction over the last few years.

In a statement, a company executive described Bethel Township and the surrounding Fredericksburg area as an "ideal location" for its new warehouse.

"The opening of our new distribution center will create operational efficiencies across our entire supply chain network," said the executive, Lori Bossmann, an executive vice president for supply chain, inventory replenishment and retail support at Ace Hardware.

Ace had revenue of $5.13 billion in 2016, up from $5.05 billion in 2015, according to its 2016 annual report. Net income came in at $161.2 million in 2016, up from $156.2 million.

Founded in 1924, the company also last year added 207 stores to its worldwide network of more than 5,000 stores, which includes about 20 in Central Pennsylvania. Most are independently owned and operated.

Editors' note: This story has been updated with comments from Ace Hardware and the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp.

Showcasing the Lebanon Rails Business Park

 

A mixture of success and progress can be seen when you drive through the

Lebanon Rails Business Park located in North Lebanon Township. 

Following on the heels on manufacturing week, LVEDC President, Susan Eberly,

Congressman Charles Dent and his Legislative Aide, Brian Craig took time to tour the LRBP to visit

the manufacturing facility Directors.  The group’s first stop was to the Lebanon Valley Cold Storage &

Distribution Center project site to visit with Eric Smith, Site Manager for Primus Builders.  The excavation

process is well underway and the building construction for the 120,000 square foot facility will soon begin. 

The facility will be a combination of manufacturing and warehouse space.  The company, which is owned by Michael Byrd will create 131 jobs over the next three years. 

 

There next stop was to Always Bagels, to meet with Qwenael Spilmont, V.P of Operations. Always Bagel’s built there state of the art production facility in 2008.  They manufacture bagels, which are sold to multi chain stores.  Mr. Spilmont graciously offered a tour of the facility and shared the positives of being located in the Lebanon Rails Business Park.

 

Next stop was to Vision Corps Alley Center to meet with George Tobler, Director of Manufacturing.  Vision Corp built their Lebanon County facility in 2008.  They currently serves 2,000 individuals who are blind or vision impaired through rehabilitation services and or/ employment opportunities.   

 

The Lebanon Rails Business Park was developed in 2005 and is now home to three successful businesses with a fourth facility in the building phase. 

Lebanon Valley Cold Storage

Owned by Bake Crafters Food Company, Harrisburg-based Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution Center serves as a refrigerated warehouse and distribution center for the company’s wholesale baked goods. Selling large quantities of frozen bread to school districts in 47 states, the facility Lebanon Valley currently leases in Pennsylvania is a prime spot for collecting and shipping products.

Over the past five years, Bake Crafters has doubled sales, thanks to its quality product and dedicated sales force. To accommodate this growth, Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution Center recognized the need to find a larger space. The company wanted to stay in Pennsylvania because of its central location, and found a warehouse in Lebanon County that was large enough to meet and exceed current demands.

Partnering with the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) and the Governor’s Action Team, Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution Center was awarded a $2 million PIDA loan in June 2016. A few months later, the company started construction on its 22.83-acre site, a move that will add 131 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.

By building a facility and becoming part of Lebanon County, we are looking to help build this community.
– Marlene Kreidler, Director of Business Development of Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution Center

 

Along with jobs, the facility will bring parallel businesses in the region an opportunity to grow and expand, spurring economic development in Lebanon County and beyond.

“By building a facility and becoming part of Lebanon County, we are looking to help build this community,” said Marlene Kreidler, director of business development of Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution Center. “We’re excited to provide good-paying jobs and opportunities for other companies to increase their capacity — ultimately, we hope to increase the standard of living in this region.”

 

LVEDC Lends Support to Local Businesses

 

Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp. approves loan for distillery

Lebanon Daily News, 12/23/14

 

The Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors approved a loan from its revolving loan fund to help Hidden Still distillery purchase a property in Lebanon at its annual holiday meeting held recently at the Lebanon Country Club.

 

Loan Committee chairman Barry Ansel reported to the board that Hidden Still was seeking a loan to purchase a property at North Fifth and Willow streets and recommended that use of funding from the revolving loan fund be approved for the project.

 

Hidden Still owner David Stein hopes to open the distillery by August 2015.

 

Also at the meeting, executive director Susan Eberly reported that she accompanied Wilfred Muskens, deputy secretary of the Office of International Business Development to several international companies in Lebanon County to see if the state and the LVEDC could offer business assistance to them.

 

Workforce committee chairman Frank Kocher reported that workforce service providers continue to meet on a monthly basis. He noted that they are collaborating on designing a training curriculum that will be beneficial for the manufacturing sector

 

 

Behind the scenes work by the LVEDC helps MSC

MSC Industrial Supply could expand Lebanon County operations

By Michael Sadowski, December 19, 2014

 

MSC Industrial Supply Co., a national distributor of industrial tools, is considering expansion in its Lebanon County operations with a $10 million building project.

 

Director of Engineering Darin Russell confirmed the Union Township facility is one of a handful of company locations under consideration for the project.

The expansion will add 250,000 square feet to the facility. Russell said the project also is under consideration for the Atlanta and Elkhart, Ind., facilities and possibly others.

 

The location could depend on what kind of incentive or tax abatement programs are offered. On Thursday, the Lebanon County Board of Commissioners approved a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance — known as LERTA — abatement plan for the project if it happens in Lebanon County.

 

LERTA forgives taxes on property improvements on a sliding scale for a period of up to 10 years, depending on the local agreements. There is no abatement of the current property tax rate, only the improvements.

 

The three local taxing bodies — the municipality, the county and the school district — are all asked to approve a LERTA designation.

 

Union Township and the Northern Lebanon School District have not yet approved LERTA designation. The three taxing bodies do not have to agree on the LERTA, and separate taxing bodies can apply LERTA designation without the others.

 

New York-based MSC Industrial Supply operates a call center and customer fulfillment center in the township that employs between 350 and 400 people, Russell said. Nationwide, it has about 4,000 employees.

https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-131-jobs-new-lebanon-valley-cold-storage-distribution-center-facility-Lebanon/