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PennDOT to Host Open House Meeting

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to an open house meeting to review options developed through the Liberty Street (Route 62) and 12th Street Intersection Improvements Study in Franklin.

The purpose of the meeting is to share safety and geometric improvement options for the intersection and gather feedback from attendees on which options best meet the safety needs of the project. 

PennDOT representatives, along with design consultants, will be available to answer questions and explain the various options.

The open house will be held on Tuesday, January 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall 1102 Liberty Street, Franklin (Enter the red, street-level side door off 11th Street).

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Gates & Burns Relocates Franklin Location

Gates & Burns Realty has relocated their Franklin office to 1318 Liberty Street, the previous location of Venango Real Estate, effective December 1st.

Vicki Henderson and David Bennett have both joined the Gates & Burns Realty Sales Team and will continue to serve clients at this location.

Vicki has been the broker/owner of Venango Real Estate and has been active in the local real estate market for 25 years. Dave is a life long Venango County resident and has been in real estate for 4 years. Dave is an active member of the Atlantic Ave United Brethren Church and was previously employed by Joy Global.

Stop in and visit! They are excited to be in the same location and offer the same great service. Additional sales associates at this location include Carl Valetich, Sherry Shawgo, and Ralph Aylesworth. All are members of the National, State, and Local Associations of Realtors.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s December 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

CATA Announces Changes to Fixed Route Bus Service

Changes to the fixed route bus service went into effect on September 16. “We’ve been looking at improving the routes for some time,” said Tim Geibel, CATA General Manager. “We do a lot of research and gather input from all the stakeholders including drivers, riders, agencies, and businesses to make the best decisions before changes are implemented.” While most changes are on the Intercity route, there are a few that affect the Franklin and Oil City service as well.

One of the changes on the Intercity route is that rather than going one direction all morning and then going the other direction in the afternoon, the bus will reverse direction on each run. The first run will go from Franklin to Oil City to Seneca to Franklin; the second run will go from Franklin to Seneca to Oil City to Franklin; and so forth.

Because of a shorter length of a run, the time the bus will be at each location has also changed.

New bus schedules for all routes can be found on the buses, Chambers of Commerce, County Transportation office, and the Pointe, as well as

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Creating a Culture of Great Service

You know the feeling—you walk into a business and are immediately acknowledged with a greeting and a smile. You feel welcomed, but not pressured, and you sense that the people working care about what they do, and they care about you.

It’s hard not to want to support this business—with a purchase, a referral, or at least a return of hospitality.  What if every business in our community operated like this? It would be transforming!

Judy Grandelis, owner of Amazing Foods in Franklin, agrees.  Judy describes the first time she visited Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Michigan: “There was something magical about it. Their customer service was extraordinary, and that same quality was pervasive throughout the business.”

Anyone who has visited Amazing Foods would undoubtedly report that Judy’s business has a similar reputation.  The staff at Amazing Foods are quick to greet you, ushering you into an inviting dining space and serving you carefully and creatively prepared meals.  You will likely get a glimpse of Judy, working side-by-side with employees, always with a smile and demeanor that makes everyone feel like a friend.

So, why would Judy be so excited about ZingTrain, one of Zingerman’s community of businesses, coming to Venango County? As Judy tells it: “I am always looking to learn more about business and customer service, for my own personal growth and for my business.”  And she was among the first to reserve her seat for our November 6th workshop.

ZingTrain shares the “Zingerman’s experience” with forward-thinking organizations from around the world. Managing partner Maggie Bayless and her staff use their experience in training and organizational change to help clients understand and apply the real-life systems, tools, and techniques used at Zingerman’s, helping clients make meaningful, bottom-line-enhancing changes in their own organizations. ZingTrain shares Zingerman’s expertise in training, service, merchandising, specialty foods, open book finance and staff management with the public through seminars and customized workshops.

We invite you to join us on November 6, in a one-day workshop with ZingTrain focused on “Creating a Vision of Greatness” and “The Art of Giving Great Service.” See details below.

One-Day Workshop with ZingTrain

Wednesday, November 6  •  7:30AM – 4PM • Wanango Golf Club, Reno
Chamber Members $25, Non-members $35
Registration required. Limited to 50 attendees.

Register at:

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Growth and Expansion at FICDA

By: Deb Eckelberger, Development Director

Thus far in 2019, FICDA is experiencing business growth, building upgrades, and new tenants.

Early this year, in the Franklin Industrial and Commercial Development Authority (FICDA) big Main building, manufacturing space was created to support the expansion of Wolbert Welding. This FICDA tenant is partnering with a Kentucky company to build Grove and Manitowoc crane outriggers here. Several employees have been hired, and have traveled across the state for training on this new product line. Mid-summer, a large robotic welder will be installed at Wolbert Welding. The jobs created by this expansion, along with the new robotic technology are part of the growing advanced manufacturing process—one that is changing the look of manufacturing as we know it.

As you enter Howard Street, the Pattern Shop building is to the left. In that building, Liberty Electronics is expanding, to support their growing customer needs. A former machine shop space is being repurposed into light manufacturing space. Sprinkler, lighting, and HVAC systems all were upgraded, with new flooring throughout.

Together, these two expansion projects will bring close to 40 new jobs to Franklin. In addition, local contractors have been busy working on these projects. All the building trades are involved. Skilled workers are here daily, committed to these business growth projects.

New IT equipment has been installed in the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) building Training and Conference rooms. With financial support from the USDA Rural Business Development Grant Program, these rooms now offer large monitors, lecterns, sound systems, conference calling equipment, video conference equipment, and ease of use. Scheduling of these rooms has increased greatly with this new equipment. Workshops, board meetings, customized trainings, employment interviews, group meetings, are just a few examples of their use. Following the goal of the USDA Rural Business Development Grant program; this new equipment is in place to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas. The Training and Conference rooms are truly a community asset, fulfilling that goal.

The ETC building has three temporary highway contractor/PennDOT field offices that support the summer construction projects in the area. Awareness of highway projects, traffic changes, road detours, and then sharing that information with businesses and individuals is helpful information for everyone. Having them as tenants increases safety awareness for all.

As we move into the second half of 2019, we look to the completion of these FICDA economic development projects, to see their manufacturing processes fully operational. We look for new and innovative ways to continue to work closely with the valuable resource partners that exist to help businesses grow, and we look to continue the mission of FICDA: “to nurture economic and commercial development and growth, foster the creation and retention of jobs and assist in the planning and implementation for new and existing businesses.”

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.