January 10, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces Creation of Nearly 80 New Jobs Through Expansion of CorrChoice LLC SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that CorrChoice LLC, a producer of industrial corrugated paper packaging products, will expand in central Pennsylvania. The project, supported through state funding, is expected to create 79 jobs in the Dauphin and Lebanon County area.“We’re proud that CorrChoice has selected Pennsylvania as the location for its expansion,” Governor Wolf said. “This expansion will bring nearly 80 manufacturing jobs to the central part of the state. Projects like this demonstrate that Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector is on the rise.”CorrChoice will expand into a 350,000-square-foot facility in Derry Township at the border of Dauphin and Lebanon counties. The project will enable the company to expand its corrugated cardboard sheet feeder network and improve its response time. CorrChoice has pledged to invest more than $30 million into the expansion project, which is expected to create 79 new jobs and retain a further 97 jobs in Pennsylvania.“This investment enables us to continue our growth with existing strategic customers while providing more responsive service on a broader range of products,” said Tim Bergwall, Group President, Paper Packaging & Services at Greif, Inc., the parent company of CorrChoice. “This latest CorrChoice expansion better positions us to provide a comprehensive supply of containerboard, sheets, and specialty products to corrugated converters in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”CorrChoice received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $200,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $158,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs, and $35,550 in job training funding through WEDnetPA for workforce development. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.CorrChoice and its parent company, Greif, Inc., are global producers of steel, plastic and fibre drums, intermediate bulk containers, reconditioned containers, flexible products, containerboard, and packaging accessories.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.
Photos courtesy of Josh Grossberg/USC Shoah Foundation.The USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute for Creative Technologies will open the first permanent installation of their interactive Holocaust project on Thursday after over five years of work. The installation, New Dimensions in Testimony, features extensive interviews with Holocaust survivors through interactive technology that allows the public to have conversations with the individuals.The Holocaust survivors were selected from a variety of backgrounds that included a large range in ages, experiences and locations during the war. One of the 15 participants in the project was Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister, whose interactive work is currently being displayed in New York at a temporary installation.The goal of the project was to recreate the intimacy of learning from Holocaust survivors, which the team working on the project attempted to do by allowing the public to ask the interactive displays any question they wished.“[We wanted] really to preserve as much as possible the experience you can have today talking to a Holocaust survivor in a classroom or a museum,” said David Traum, director for natural language research at the Institute for Creative Technologies. “You hear their testimony [and] ask them questions, getting a sense of immersion, of being in the same environment.”Responses to the demos were unlike anything that had been expected, said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation. Many used the opportunity to ask more difficult questions than they would normally ask survivors.“We didn’t realize how powerful it would be because when you ask a question and the individual answers your specific questions while looking you in the eye, it’s a very engaging experience,” Smith said. “I think people have been more emotionally affected than we realize by what happened. That’s what we were aiming to do, to create that connection, but it’s been at a higher level than we expected.”The emotional connection is attributed to more than the stories of the survivors.“A lot of it is the material and definitely the personality of the survivors coming through, but I think this interactive presentation is really an element of that too,” Traum said. “I don’t think we would have the same kind of responses if they were just seeing the videos passively and not asking questions or in the room hearing the questions answered.”The Shoah Foundation conducted extensive interviews with each Holocaust survivor who participated in the project, asking around 1,500 questions to each of them to cover every topic they expected the public to ask about, Smith said.Before starting the official interviews for the installation, the team working on the project had to develop trust with each of the interviewees through a three-month process. They conducted extensive research on the individuals and got to know them and their families.“By the time we’re interviewing them, we’re not strangers,” Smith said. “We know them very well and by the time we’re finished they’re kind of like intimate friends because we’ve been through a lot together.”According to Smith, many of the participating Holocaust survivors were surprised about how grueling the process was. Some were familiar with speaking and answering questions at schools, but the process for the installation required more hours of interviewing than they were accustomed to.“These are tough old people,” Smith said. “They’ve been through the worst human experiences, so they feel like [they] can get through everything, [but] when they’re feeling their age and the lights and the tiredness that goes with answering hundreds of questions, I think they found that a little surprising.”Family members were invited to attend the final Los Angeles interview to support the participants throughout the process.During the initial stages of the project, the team overcame several obstacles to make the Holocaust survivors appear realistic.“The first challenge is to figure out what is it we need to record so that it can carry on a conversation,” Traum said. “You can ask me anything and I have a response for you. It may not be exactly the answer you’re hoping to hear, but there’s a way for me to respond someway even if I say, ‘I don’t want to answer that.’ But, when we record somebody, we’re only going to have the material we recorded and that has to be good for any kind of answer, including something completely different than somebody thought of years before.”A prototype was created with Pinchus Gutter, a Holocaust survivor who Smith had previously worked with and knew well. He answered about 200 questions in an interview, which were then analyzed with respect to his answers and the conditions it was done in, Smith said. The prototype was also set up for the public to use so that those working on the project could observe reactions to the interactive and decide what needed to be developed. This produced a few surprising results.“We hadn’t had to think about how [he responds] if he’s given an opinion or some solace or thanked for his service,” Smith said. “[Gutter’s interactive] would just look at them because that’s not a question.”Traum said the team had originally hoped to make the Holocaust survivors three-dimensional for a more intimate experience, but did not have the technology to do so. The current installations are displayed two-dimensionally; however, the project was done with considerations for future technology.“We wanted it to be able to create high-fidelity 3-D holographic type images even if the projectors didn’t exist in 2011 when we started,” Smith said. “We wanted to film in such a way that 10 years from now, 20 years from now, when the projection system exists, we can project it.”
The USC men’s basketball team will look to end the season on a high note and gain momentum heading into the Pac-12 tournament as the No. 9 Oregon Ducks roll into the Galen Center. The Trojans snapped a three -game losing streak with a win over the Oregon State Beavers on Wednesday night.In their previous matchup in late January, the Ducks (24-6, 13-4) entered as the underdogs. At the time, the Trojans (20-10, 9-8) were sitting at 15-3 and had just been ranked for the first time since 2008.Forward Elgin Cook led the Ducks with 26 points, five rebounds and four assists en route to an 89-81 victory. Forwards Dwayne Benjamin and Chris Boucher each added 16 points for the Ducks.The game was close throughout, but the Ducks went on a 13-1 run midway through the second half to pull away 71-56. The Trojans never got closer than 7 again.Freshman forward Bennie Boatwright had one of his best games against the Ducks, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds, his first collegiate double-double. Junior guard Julian Jacobs chipped in 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. The rest of the team combined to shoot 38 percent from the field.The two teams have gone in opposite directions since their last matchup in Eugene. The Ducks have won 10 of their last 12 games, including the last time they played USC, and clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title with their victory over UCLA on Wednesday. A win over the Trojans would give them their first Pac-12 title since 2002.“They are a tough team. They’re a top-10 team in the nation for a reason,” sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin said. “They have a little bit of everything: outside shooting, inside shooting, defense, blocking and the ability to spread the floor.”The Trojans bounced back from their disappointing road trip to Oregon by winning their next three games. However, the Men of Troy lost five of their next six games before getting back on the winning track against the Beavers. USC currently sits at sixth in the Pac-12. A win over the Ducks along with a Colorado loss would give the Trojans the No. 5 seed heading into the Pac-12 Tournament.Despite this being the last regular season game for both teams, there is a lot at stake.The Ducks enter the Galen Center riding a four-game winning streak, where they have outscored opponents by an average of 11 points. Forward Dillon Brooks leads a well-rounded Ducks squad that currently has four players averaging more than 12 points per game.Oregon has a strong offense, but their strength has been their defense. The Ducks are second in the Pac-12 in steals and blocks per game with 7.4 and 5.6 respectively. They also lead the conference in turnover margin.One of the Trojans’ biggest weaknesses this season has been turnovers. In winnable games against Arizona State and Oregon State, the Trojans let the win slip away with high turnover rates. Oregon loves to feast on turnovers and get out in transition, something the Trojans will need to slow down if they hope to win.Lucky for the Trojans, they are a completely different team at home. The Men of Troy boast a 16-1 home record, with their only loss coming at the hands of a strong Utah team.“We’re 16-and-1 on our home floor,” head coach Andy Enfield. “So whatever magic they have needs to happen on Saturday because Oregon is one of the top teams in the country.”Behind the likes of McLaughlin, junior guard Katin Reinhardt and Boatwright, the Trojans are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. The Trojans seem to do better when they average around twenty 3-point shots per game, as they convert close to 40 percent of their attempts. The Ducks have the second worst 3-point defense in the Pac-12, something the Trojans should look to take advantage of.“We really did something special at home this year,” Jacobs said. “I think we just have to defend our home court one more time, and we are motivated because of the last time we played them.”Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. this Saturday, March 5. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.