Thursday, July 14, 2011

Experiencing the Turkey Hill Experience!

Posted by Tina

We had a blast yesterday, when Jeanmarie Nobile hosted the WTC team at the brand new Turkey Hill Experience Center in Columbia, PA.  Jeanmarie handles the export sales for Turkey Hill Dairy - maybe some of you had the chance to hear her speak at our trade conference in June?  We got a first hand look at the museum, the interactive displays and the adjoining restaurant and gift store.  This is also the only place in the US, where Turkey Hill actually operates their own "dip shop", the Turkey Hill Ice Creamery.

Incidentally, the only other Turkey Hill Ice Creamery is in the Kingdom of Bahrain!!


Melissa is annihilating bad microbes
It was interesting to learn how this now major company started from a small family operation - like so many of our successful manufacturers in southcentral PA.  And since we visited on a weekday morning, it was not too crowded.

Jeanmarie and Jan

Melissa and Jan took advantage of all the interactive displays - including making your own ice-cream, your own label and your own commercial.  All of this could be shared on facebook and twitter, and Melissa took full advantage of the social medial links (of course she would :)  )

Melissa creates her own ice cream flavor

Tina instead opted to try and milk a cow - luckily it was a "fake" cow, with "pretend milk" - but still...

It was a wonderful break for all of us to enjoy a morning at the Turkey Hill Experience.  Thanks to Jeanmarie again for hosting us!

Friday, July 8, 2011

WTC Members Participate in White House Business Council Roundtable


Posted by Tina

On June 29, a White House Business Council Roundtable discussion was held in Harrisburg, at the PA Chamber of Business and Industry offices.  WTC member Robert Wilson, President of York Wire and Cable, helped to coordinate this event, in conjunction with the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, PA DCED, and the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration.

Lt. Governor Cawley

PA Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley welcomed Peter Perez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Secretary Perez talked about President Obama's Export Initiative and Free Trade Initiatives. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session related to challenges faced by the participating companies in regard to manufacturing and international trade. A relatively intimate group of local companies, many of them WTC members, were able to provide direct feedback during this White House Roundtable discussion. The findings, message, and discussion topics were delivered directly to the White House by Secretary Perez following the event. 



Secretary Perez (l) with Ash Khare, DCED's Special Assistant to Secretary Walker