Compiled by Amanda Golden
Five years ago, September 5, 2003
Team Ten LLC completes purchase of Tyrone paper mill
Late yesterday afternoon, Team Ten LLC., and MeadWestvaco agreed to and signed the final documents to complete the purchase of the Tyrone mill that was formerly operated by MeadWestvaco.
When the mill closed on October 31, 1991, 265 people lost their jobs when MeadWestvaco consolidated operations shortly after the merger of the two paper giants. After nearly two years, the Tyrone mill has been sold to a group of local investors.
“This group stuck together as a tight knit group,” said Ferner. “We ran into our fair share of road blocks that were difficult, but we overcame them.”
The new American Eagle Paper Mill hopes to get operating by late October or early November. Following the July announcement that the plant would be reopening, nearly 2,000 people applied for the 170 positions that will be available.
“The interview process will start immediately,” said Ferner. “We will start interviewing in a larger degree to get through the narrowing process. We hope to have a solid workforce ready soon.”
The overall cost of the purchase and start up of the operation is at nearly $12.5 million with $7.5 million coming from grants, and loans available through state and federal agencies. Ferner would not comment on a price paid to MeadWestvaco.
The 170 workers will be producing uncoated paper. The uncoated product line includes American Eagle Envelopes, Silver Spring Envelope, High D Reply Stock, Virgin Envelope and American Eagle offset.
The new American Eagle Paper Mill will also receive tax breaks if the Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone gets signed by the governor’s office.
Contracts for work on the boiler and roofing work that needs done are being awarded and Ferner hopes to have repair work started next week.
The goal is to have the plant operational by late October or early November.
“We would like to have paper running as soon as possible,” said Ferner. “Realistically, we are looking at being operational in six to eight weeks.”
Twenty-five years ago, September 2, 1983
Three E.R. resignations:
Hospital Administrator Says Doctors Wouldn’t Negotiate
Tyrone Hospital Administrator John “Jim” Schrader said Thursday the resignation of Drs. S. Chandra Swami, Victor Santillan and Romulo Parente. from the hospital’s emergency room staff was done so without prior negotiation with his office. Schrader said contract did not run out until Sept. 1, but the three chose to go to the media with their negotiations without seriously sitting down to discuss the new changes the hospital wanted in emergency room care.
Only one physician met with Schrader, he said, to discuss a requirement of the previous contract he had with the hospital and to tell Schrader he had no intention of honoring the specified stipulation, a residency within the school district.
Schrader said one physician did set up a meeting with him after the three resigned from the emergency room but later cancelled.
Schrader said the three doctors still have their active practice privileges with the hospital, that only the E.R. practice has ceased.
Asked if any of the three contacted him about being the director of E.R. medicine, Schrader said they had not.
“The contracts we are offering are more specified in the types of service the hospital wants (in the E.R.),” Schrader said. “And I think we, the hospital, have the right to ask for the best care we can offer. E.R. medicine has become a specialized field and we are recognizing that, trying to improve Tyrone’s service.”
Dr. Wayne LeClair began officially Thursday as Tyrone Hospital’s new director of the emergency room. LeClair says E.R. care is now a specialty; and there are only about 1,000 physicians across the nation specializing in E.R. practice. He will not have an office practice. His total concern is the emergency room and emergency care.
Seventy-five years ago,
September 5, 1933
Free Shows for
Ambulance Fund Benefit
Those who enjoy the Tuesday night attractions at the Wilson, and they are always good, will be interested in knowing that, beginning Tuesday, September 12, and continuing until after the 26, five admissions to the theatre will be given for the price of four.
That is, five persons may attend for $1.00. These special pink tickets are being sold by the Ambulance committee.
Help a good cause along by buying a ticket from the following persons, or at the Herald office:
Rev. E. M. Morgan, Dr. R. L. Piper, G. B. Shellenberger, John Keefer, Russell Grove, Sam L. Barr, Mrs. Kenneth Miller, Miss Nell Chamberlain.
One hundred twenty-five years ago, September 6, 1883
East Tyrone Items
Mrs. Mountz raised ten bushels of onions on a bed sixteen feel square. Who can beat that?
Eleven new houses have been put up in East Tyrone this summer, and three old ones repainted.
Henry Getz is kalsomining the M. E. chapel and painting the seats, an improvement which is needed.
Any one needing brick will do well by calling on Dan Ginter or leaving his order at Smith & Gray’s store. He has about one hundred and ten thousand well made and well burnt brick.
Buy your groceries of Smith & Gray. They give full weight and honest measure and sell as cheap as can be bought anywhere. New arrivals of notions, boots and shoes, and groceries every day.
Some of our boys, who have no better sense than to impose upon and tantalize persons who should be pitied instead of being made the subjects of ill-bred jokes, were carrying on their pranks Sunday afternoon when one of them got a slap from their victim and then they all jumped on him and pounded him.” The boys should have been arrested for their misconduct.
Our school opened on the third with eighty-live scholars, too many for one school. But the teacher, Mr. P. Kerlin, has started in with the determination of making a success of the school. There is no doubt but we will have a good school this winter if the parents only don’t do as they have done heretofore, listen to their boys when they come home with a big story and then make fools of themselves by marching up to the school house to thrash the “master.” Far better have a good rod ready at home and whale them all the way back to the school room. If that was done a few times it would break up the hookey playing and loitering around the store where they become a nuisance. The parents of every household should look after their own children and should know that the store is no place for them to loaf and should also known whether they are at school or not and how they are conductin gthemselves while there. Fathers and mothers now is your golden opportunity to benefit your children, do your duty and you will be rewarded for it both in this world and in the next.