Governor Wolf Announces Continued Use of Easton Plant for MLB Manufacturing (Round-Up)

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf joined MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and others to announce that Majestic’s Easton plant would continue to manufacture apparel for Major League Baseball by Fanatics and Under Armor. Earlier on Tuesday, VF Corporation had announced that it was selling Majestic to Fanatics. In November 2016, Governor Wolf wrote to Commissioner Manfred to pitch the request that MLB keep manufacturing in Pennsylvania.“For more than a decade, if you watched a MLB game anywhere in the country, apparel made in Pennsylvania was proudly on display, and today’s announcement affirms that the proud tradition of making MLB apparel will continue in the Lehigh Valley,” Governor Wolf said. “The continued use of the Majestic facility is important news for the commonwealth, the region and the talented employees who are true baseball fans with a genuine pride in what they do. I want to thank everyone involved for working so hard to preserve this storied tradition in the Lehigh Valley that contributes to the treasure of our national pastime.”Take a look at the coverage below: Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Governor Wolf Announces Continued Use of Easton Plant for MLB Manufacturing (Round-Up) SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img WFMZ: Wolf praises continued use of Palmer Twp. Majestic plantGovernor Tom Wolf addressed 600 ecstatic Majestic employees after news the jersey-making company is being purchased by the licensed sports merchandise company Fanatics. “This is a great day for all of us in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf.Philly Voice: Wolf thankful MLB apparel manufacturing will stay in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Major League Baseball Rob Manfred and others on Tuesday to announce that the Easton plant long used by Majestic to manufacture MLB apparel will remain in use under a new deal with Under Armour and Fanatics.Philly.com: SAFE: Rubin’s Fanatics, Under Armour deal saves 600 baseball jobs at Pa. factoryFanatics, the pro- and college-team gear sales group owned by the Conshohocken-based online-retail mogul Michael Rubin, has agreed to purchase VF Corp.’s Licensed Sports Group and its Majestic factory in Palmer Township near Easton, and to keep the 600-worker plant busy making major-league baseball uniforms and fan gear under a deal with Under Armour Inc…Gov. Wolf and baseball commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. visited the Easton plant to congratulate Majestic workers on the deal.Lehigh Valley Live: WATCH: MLB uniforms to continue being made in Easton areaThe Easton area will continue to be the exclusive source of uniforms for Major League Baseball players and fans, under an acquisition of manufacturer Majestic announced Tuesday. Majestic in Palmer Township is being acquired by the sports licensing company Fanatics Inc. from VF Corp., according to the announcement that ends speculation about the long-term future of manufacturing the uniforms at the sprawling facility.Associated Press: Fanatics buying Majestic Athletic plant that makes MLB uniformsDemocratic Gov. Tom Wolf calls the announcement “important news for the commonwealth, the region and the talented employees who are true baseball fans with a genuine pride in what they do.”Morning Call: Home run: Majestic’s sale to Fanatics will keep MLB uniform, fanwear production in PalmerLater in the day, the workers gathered again in the plant — this time to hear from, as Majestic President Mike Pardini put it, some “big-time folks” who helped broker the deal. Among them were MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Fanatics owner and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Gov. Tom Wolf. April 05, 2017   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea: How does Frenchman compare to departing star?

first_img The French international looks nailed on to replace the outgoing Nemanja Matic With Tiemoue Bakayoko seemingly set to complete a £40million move to Chelsea from Monaco, some space needs to be created in the Blues midfield.The French international looks nailed on to replace the outgoing Nemanja Matic as the 28-year-old prepares to be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.But who offers more in the engine room of their side’s midfield?Bakayoko starred for Monaco en route to his side’s memorable run to the semi-finals of the Champions League and their first Ligue 1 triumph in 17 years.Matic, meanwhile, helped the Blues reclaim their Premier League crown and went some way to restoring his previously soaring reputation at the heart of the Chelsea midfield.Antonio Conte is likely to wave goodbye to Matic after a single season working together, but will Bakayoko prove to be an upgrade on the Serbian?Style of playBoth players could be defined as midfield destroyers, but it would be doing the pair a disservice to limit their capabilities to simply being a dependable tackler.The flair of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva captured the imaginations of fans across Europe, but the Monegasque side’s offensive style was built on the solid foundations that Bakayoko and Fabinho provided in Leonardo Jardim’s 4-4-2 formation.The combative and athletic duo offered protection to the backline and were tenacious in their stifling duties, allowing the gifted attackers to shine further up the pitch.Chelsea’s preference to play an adaptable 3-4-3 system allowed them to dominate their opponents and secure the Premier League title with relative ease.PFA Players’ Player of the Year, N’Golo Kante, almost singlehandedly broke up play before allowing the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Diego Costa to flourish.And despite not earning rave reviews, Matic proved to be a nearly ever present member of the Chelsea midfield, making 35 appearances for the champions across the season.Matic was tidy if not spectacular in possession, picking out a teammate with 87.7 per cent of his passes, a slightly better average than Bakayoko’s 87.3 per cent in Ligue 1.However, the more youthful Bakayoko proved he was more capable in terms of covering ground and breaking up play, with his average of 2.8 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per 90 minutes, compared to the Chelsea man’s 1.7 tackles and 1.7 interceptions.But it was Matic who proved to be more of a threat in the attacking-third, with the Serbian completing more key passes per 90 minutes in league action (0.9 to 0.6) which led to him registering seven assists to Bakayoko’s one.However, Bakayoko outscored the man he is set to replace after scoring two goals compared to Matic’s solitary effort. And despite standing 10cm shorter than Matic, Bakayoko displayed superior aerial capability, winning 2.6 per 90 minutes compared to Matic’s 1.3.Show us your medalsWhile the two midfielders are pretty similar, in terms of style, when it comes to honours there is no contest.Matic has a host of trophies to his name – two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, one Primeira Liga title, one Portuguese League Cup and one Slovak Cup.To save you counting, that’s seven club trophies earned during his career with Chelsea, Benfica and Kosice.Meanwhile, Bakayoko lifted his one and only piece of silverware in the form of the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in May.So when it comes down to out-and-out winners – Matic is on top by a mile.International pedigreeWith Bakayoko embarking on what looks to be a promising career on both domestic and international stages, the 22-year-old can expect to prosper for the French national team.But despite enjoying a breakthrough season with Monaco, Bakayoko has managed only a single appearance for Didier Deschamp’s side, in comparison to Matic’s 32.The Chelsea midfielder missed out on representing his country at a major tournament after seeing his name chalked off the list for the final squad at the 2010 World Cup. But the 28-year-old has featured prominently in his side’s qualification campaign for next year’s edition in Russia.Bakayoko, meanwhile, is likely to face a tougher task of confirming his place in Les Bleus’ squad, considering he is directly competing with future teammate N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot.Should Bakayoko be given the opportunity to shine, he could end the summer of 2018 with football’s biggest prize in his hands.Statistics courtesy of The Sun 1last_img read more