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George Hayden, of George Hayden Electric, and John Judge, vice president of education at ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, testified before a special Jobs Policy Hearing in Hazleton. The hearing, convened by Representative Tarah Toohil, sought feedback from area businesses on regulatory issues that prevent businesses from growing and hiring new employees. Hayden discussed the restrictive ratios imposed by the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council. The Hearing, attended by the majority members of the House Policy Committee, heard reports from local business on taxes and workforce development programs, however Hayden's testimony detailed a state problem that hampers employers and prevents young people from entering the construction industry. It is a problem created by Pennsylvania State regulations, and must be solved by the Corbett Administration and the Legislature.
HAZLE TWP. - State Republican leaders heard suggestions from Hazleton area business owners and industry advocates Wednesday about how the state can spur job growth.
Left to right: State Reps. Kurt Masser, Michael Peifer and Dave Reed, chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, listen as Rep. Tarah Toohil opens a hearing on job creation.
Mike Leib of Hazleton Casting Co. testifies Wednesday during a House Republican Policy Committee hearing on job creation.
Members of the state House Republican Policy Committee, including Chairman Dave Reed, R-Indiana, and Hazleton area Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, gathered at the Hazle Township Commons building for a hearing on job creation in Pennsylvania.
The Republican and Democratic policy committees have held numerous such gatherings around the state as they prepare for legislative sessions to resume Sept. 26. Reed said Republicans plan to introduce a comprehensive jobs package of legislation then.
Many of the six Republican leaders attending the hearing said they were most concerned with finding ways the government could stay out of the way of small business owners by easing regulations and permitting requirements.
"Really with job creation and job growth, the key component of that is private sector development," Reed said. "While the state can create the atmosphere to help create jobs... what the state is really focused on is: How can the state get out of the way and let the private sector put those folks back to work."
John Keegan, owner of Heights Terrace Pharmacy, said he is most disturbed by a seemingly endless thirst for revenue in Harrisburg.
Citing state liquor stores, the state lottery, legalized gambling and now a push for a Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction tax, Keegan said "an appetite for cash in the Legislature is the biggest obstacle for job growth."
Some of those testifying at the hearing spoke to ways the state could better encourage education for skilled laborers and factory workers.
George Hayden, president of an electrical contracting company bearing his name, and Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President John P. Judge said the state should update regulations governing the number of apprentice laborers a contracting company can take on.
Skilled laborers are in high demand and earn family-sustaining wages, but the state loses out to others because apprenticeships aren't as easy to come by in Pennsylvania as in other states, he said.
Hayden said he would like to train more apprentice laborers at his company but is prevented from doing so by regulations requiring a minimum ratio of four to five journeyman laborers per apprentice working at a job site. He said most other states and the federal government have "modernized" those ratios, most to a minimum of one journeyman per apprentice, but the state has not done so for "political reasons."
Labor unions are allowed to set their own ratios, giving them an unfair bargaining chip in contract bidding, he added.
Eric Esoda of the Northeastern PA Industrial Resource Center and Jack Pfunder of Manufacturers Resource Center spoke about the need to educate children about the high wages and high-tech work manufacturing jobs offer, as many students don't consider factory work a career option and their parents often steer them away from it.
Congratulations to Carl Gleim on 33 years of employment with George J Hayden, Inc. A luncheon and cake was held in his honor on Friday June 3rd. Mr. and Mrs. George J Hayden along with George F Hayden offered their gratitude for his hard work and dedication over the past 33years.
Picture: Florence Hayden, George J Hayden, Carl Gleim and George F Hayden
June 3, 2011 (HAZLETON, PA): A company safety day was held at the Hayden facility on June 3, 2011.
John Tabor, Safety Manager organized a day of safety and training seminars. The purpose was to provide the most up to date safety skills to all Hayden employees.
Certification and recertification of fall protection and lift certification was conducted along with the on hands training, a classroom seminar was also held. The workshop provided extensive knowledge of protecting employees in their daily work while using lifts and working at heights.
In addition to the company wide safety days, Hayden Electric conducts training throughout the year. NEC code class updates, thermo graphic training, mining safety & health electrical certifications, first aid/CPR and high voltage, are just a few of the many other classes required by Hayden employees to keep them at the forefront of safety and knowledge.
Hayden Electric Sponsors Booth at the 119th Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Dinner & Executive Business Exposition
George J. Hayden, Inc. Electric-Communications sponsored a booth at the 119th Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Dinner & Executive Business Exposition. The event was held on Thursday May 19th at Genetti Best Western Inn and Suites. Greg Kurtz and Will Dagostin hosted the Hayden Electric booth which showcased our new Solar Division. Information was presented to all who stopped by to learn more about how they can "go green" by installing solar panels on their home or business to help reduce the cost of their energy bills. Anyone who is interested can call Hayden Electric at 570-455-6109 and talk to one of our solar experts about a free home evaluation to find out if Solar is the right energy saver for their home or business.
Picture: Greg Kurtz and Will Dagostin
Electrical Contractor, George J. Hayden, Inc., Wins Award
George J. Hayden, Inc. Electric-Communications, Hazleton was recently honored with an award for best industrial electrical project. The Merit Shop Awards of Excellence in Construction is an annual event held by the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., an affiliate of the ABC National. This year's prestigious event noted the 20th anniversary of showcasing the outstanding quality and innovation that Merit Contractors provide to their customers. Entries presented were judged by professionals of Eastern Pennsylvania construction design, management and ownership sector. This work was judged for quality of construction while considering the unique challenges of those entered projects. By selecting a Merit Shop Contractor, the client can be assured of the highest quality construction performance. The ABC Merit Shop philosophy and its members are the future of the construction industry.
First Quality Nonwovens, Inc. Substation Distribution System, in Humboldt Industrial Park won in the industrial electrical division.
Winners from 23 different categories were presented the prestigious "Eagle Award" at a banquet held on November 17th at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, King of Prussia. This is the 13th consecutive year and 18th construction "Eagle" award Hayden Electric has won.
Accepting the award was Howard Welliver, Project Manager and Joe Magda, Project Foreman. The event was also attended by Mr. and Mrs. George J. Hayden, George F. Hayden, and Lori Magda.
This year's ceremony represents the first program sponsored by the newly-combined Eastern and Southeast Pennsylvania Chapters. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. provides members with a variety of services in management, education, safety, apprenticeship training, business development, labor relations and networking. ABC also strives to help its members build better companies and to give back to their communities.
Picture: George F. Hayden, President, Joe Magda, Project Supervisor, Howard Welliver, Project Manager and Usbaldo Trevino, Vice President
October 12, 2010 (Hazleton, PA) George J. Hayden, Inc. is this years recipient of the 2010 Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Green Business of the Year Award for a large business. All winners will be recognized at a luncheon held on Friday, October 29th at Sand Springs Country Club in Drums.
November 1, 2010 (Hazleton, PA) George J. Hayden, Inc., held a 6 day in-house solar training for 12 technicians and managers. This course covered the basic fundamentals in the design, installation and assessment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for the use in residential and commercial applications. The course included the use of industry standard tools and techniques used in t the installation of photovoltaic systems including the panels, inverters and system components to make a complete installation of the system. All aspects of the course were taught including mechanical and electrical integration in accordance with all applicable National Electrical Codes. The course was taught by Kairi Purnell, People Tech, Inc., in conjunction with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Training center. The following completed the training: George F. Hayden, Greg Kurtz, Phil Edson, Sean Heidecker, Steve Delman, Will Dagostin, Matt Crego, Larry Pecora, Eric VanBlargan, Nick Gaughan, David Kokinda and Zach Freed.
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