FILE - PA Todd Stephens

Pennsylvania state Rep. Todd Stephens speaks from the floor of the House of Representatives in Harrisburg.

Food manufacturer will retain, create jobs in Mercer County

More than 400 jobs will be retained or created by the expansion of Food Manufacturer Joy Cone Co., according to an announcement from state officials.

A $450,000 Pennsylvania First grant will help fund the expansion of the company’s wafer line. The company said it will invest $10 million and create 400 new jobs in the next three years.

“Given the growing demand for our product, we knew we needed to purchase this new equipment quickly, and this grant is a tremendous help as we manage this significant capital cost,” said David George, the president and CEO of Joy Cone Co.

The company manufactures cones, wafers and ice cream and lists Walmart and Dairy Queen as its customers.

Stephens: Game Commission’s arrest of teens for animal cruelty shows why law is needed

The arrests of two teens on animal cruelty charges show why a bill approved in 2017 was needed, said Rep. Todd Stephens, R-North Wales, who sponsored the legislation.

A video of the teens kicking a white-tailed deer spread across social media. The Pennsylvania Game Commission arrested the teens after seeing the video and charged them with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty along with other charges.

“The teens’ behavior was outrageous,” Stephens said in a statement. “My hope is this case will stand as an example of how seriously the Commonwealth now treats animal cruelty.”

Fifteen new members join Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs

Gov. Tom Wolf swore in 15 new members to his Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs and announced that 18 members will return to the panel.

The commission was established by Wolf’s executive order. Members are volunteer and advise the governor on issues affecting the Latino community. Luz Colón serves as its executive director.

“There is a tremendous need to hear from Latinos on everything from healthcare and education to economic development and the census, and I look forward to working with the commissioners to create a Pennsylvania where everyone can thrive,” Wolf said in a statement after the ceremony.