News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.
CAN BE Innovation Center client IntelliGreen has been selected as one of seven companies that will compete for $15,000 in investment funding during Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania's 18th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol.
This is the second consecutive year that IntelliGreen will compete in Ben Franklin Venture Idol. Ryan Robinson, VP - Sales and Marketing for IntelliGreen, said the company gained tremendous value from last year's competition and has evolved significantly since then. He feels IntelliGreen stands a better chance to win this year.
“Venture Idol brings way more value than just a competition. You learn how to concisely and accurately pitch a product and show investors that you know what you are talking about. Our team is well experienced in running a business but we learned about going out for funding. It allows us to see what investors are looking for and how they make decisions. It taught us that people invest in people, not companies,” he said.
Romark Logistics, a third-party logistics company with several facilities in the Humboldt Industrial Park, recently announced that it received recognition as a top green provider and third-party logistics provider from two national publications for its nationwide sustainability efforts and supply chain and logistic services.
Food Logistics magazine, a semi-monthly periodical exclusively dedicated to covering the food and beverage supply chain, named Romark a Top Green Provider and 3PL and Cold Storage Provider for 2021. The awards recognize companies whose products, services or exemplary leadership are enhancing sustainability within the cold food and beverage industry across the globe and who have demonstrated agility, resiliency, and innovation despite the challenge of continued supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the third consecutive year that Romark was named a Top Green Provider and fourth year in a row it was named a Top 3PL and Cold Storage Provider by the publication.
CAN DO, Inc. recently appointed Amy Michelli as its Community Relations Specialist.
In her role, Michelli will report to CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere. She will be responsible for managing all aspects of the organization’s Community Relations strategy including, but not limited to: Operation: CAN DO, CAN DO Community Christmas, the Student Action Committee, Curb Appeal, CAN DO Community Park events, and the CAN DO Annual Dinner, among other efforts and events.
She will also provide administrative assistance throughout the entire organization, including the management team and Board of Directors.
Dana DeLucca, who worked at CAN DO for nearly three years as the Administrative Assistant, will be moving to the Operations Department to serve as CAN DO's Operations Assistant.
In her role as Operations Assistant, DeLucca's primary responsibility will be to support CAN DO Director of Operations, Greg Kurtz, with administrative assistance and confidential support services. She will also provide support across the entire Operations Department, as well as the Business Development Department.
CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere said, “Dana will fit perfectly in the Operations Department. There is an inordinate amount of administrative analysis that has to be done with respect to our utilities, as well as building projects, that require a keen eye for detail. Her administrative experience within the CAN DO organization as a whole will serve the Operations Department well by providing much needed support.”
CAN DO held its annual Curb Appeal Awards ceremony to recognize the tenants across its five business and industrial parks who dedicate time and attention to beautifying their properties through landscaping and grounds maintenance.
That dedication to property maintenance was especially evident Thursday when EAM-Mosca was named the overall winner during the 14th annual awards ceremony, which was held at, and sponsored by, the Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Humboldt Station.
Longtime EAM-Mosca employee Robert J. Rayno handles all of the company's landscaping work in addition to his duties as an employee at the machine manufacturing company in Valmont Industrial Park.
Nick Micene recently marked his fifth anniversary as a member of CAN DO's operations staff.
Micene came to CAN DO in 2016 as a journeyman electrician with additional experience and knowledge in masonry. He was hired as a maintenance specialist and was promoted to Lead Maintenance Specialist in March of 2020.
CAN DO’s Director of Operations Greg Kurtz said, “Nick has done very well with us. He's learned a lot about our facilities, utilities, and other types of maintenance over his time with CAN DO. We're very excited for his continued growth with us.”
CAN DO announced it has promoted Melissa Frederick to Administrative Coordinator. Prior to her promotion, Frederick served as CAN DO's Marketing Specialist since January of 2007. She joined the organization in September of 1999 as an office assistant and became a full-time marketing assistant the following August.
As the Administrative Coordinator, Frederick will be directly responsible to CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere and work closely with other management staff in assuring the completion of administrative responsibilities essential to the operation of the company. Her duties will also include office management, real estate support, serving as Assistant Secretary, and assisting with work for the CAN DO Community Foundation.
CAN BE is joining The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC) partners the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, The Hazleton Art League, Penn State Hazleton, The Hazleton Launchbox, Luzerne County Community College, and Lackawanna College to present Downtown Hazleton’s first-ever participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation and held from November 8-14.
Members of the Valmont Industrial Park Association, West Hazleton Borough, and CAN DO met Wednesday to discuss West Hazleton Borough’s plan for replacing the deteriorating bridge on Jaycee Drive in Valmont Industrial Park.
Dominic J. Yannuzzi, PE, CM, a project manager with the engineering firm Benesch, outlined details of the steps being taken by West Hazleton to make extensive upgrades to the bridge which is tentatively scheduled to begin on or around October 1, 2021.
CAN DO recently honored former President & CEO Kevin O'Donnell for his 47 years of service with the organization at a retirement dinner at the Valley Country Club where family members, friends, former colleagues, economic development partners and acquaintances were in attendance.
CAN DO Board of Directors Chairman Charles Burkhardt presented O'Donnell with a resolution detailing O'Donnell's many accomplishments and accolades through his nearly five decades at CAN DO.
In addition to Burkhardt, CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere, former board chairman Donald Pachence, and O'Donnell's daughter Erin Rudalavage all gave speeches honoring Kevin, highlighting his career and outlining the impact he’s had on economic development in Greater Hazleton.