BASSETT'S ICE CREAM PRESS RELEASE
Bassett’s Ice Cream Company, a fifth-generation family business since 1861, has successfully opened its first store in Seoul, South Korea and is now looking for opening 30 additional stores within this year. Bassett’s Ice Cream, located in Philadelphia, is a full-service frozen dessert distributor, offering over 100 flavors.
OIBD’s Korea Office has been working together with Bassetts’ Ice Cream-Korea Office since 2016 to meet with the local rules and regulations in Korea, including its manufacturing facility registration at the Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. On June 7th, the delegation from Pennsylvania DCED, City of Philadelphia, Team Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Orchestra attended the grand opening of the first store of Bassett Ice Cream.
Bassett’s Ice Cream Korea targets for opening additional 15 stores nationwide by the end of August to fulfill the demands of Korean consumers’ premium ice cream, which will certainly increase the shipments from Philadelphia, PA to South Korea. Read More
*Picture: Grand Opening ceremony on June 7th, there are several recognizable people attended to celebrate a new journey for Bassett’s Korea. Michael Strange (President of Bassett’s Ice Cream), the City of Philadelphia (Harold Epps – Deputy Mayor for Commerce and Sylvie Howard), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania OIBD (Ken Yang and Mike O’Rourke), Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Lindsay Helsel), the Agricultural Trade Office of the U.S Embassy in Seoul (Lynn Larrabe – Director)
Photo: Seated: Gary Biehn, Chairman, WTCGP and Dai Sheng Guo, Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Tianjin Sub-Council China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), signing MOU on June 1, 2017
Standing from L to R: Samuel Chueh, Manager, International Business Investment, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia; Haibo Li, Winners; Lauren Swartz, Senior Director, International Business Investment, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia; Steven Bradley, President and CE0, Bradley and Bradley Associates; Fengling Wu, Director, CCPIT; Zhang Peng, Secretary General, WTC Tianjin; Liu Shanshan (Elsa), International Liaison Director, CCPIT, WTC Tianjin
It’s official! The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia has signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding with World Trade Center of Tianjin China. Chairman, Gary Biehn traveled to Tianjin, China to sign the agreement on our behalf.
This is the power of the World Trade Center network!
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Graziella DiNuzzo, WTCGP Director of Marketing and Communications, sat down with Chairman Gary Biehn to ask a few questions.
Why Tianjin, China?
Philadelphia and Tianjin share a long-standing tradition of business and cultural exchange dating back to the Sister City Agreement signed between Philadelphia and Tianjin in 1979. In June 2016, a delegation from Tianjin visited with WTCGP China Club members to explore opportunities for cooperation to expand trade and investment between Tianjin and the Binhai New Area and Greater Philadelphia. With the growing need for advanced medical care in China and the interest of Chinese students to attend U.S. colleges and universities, promising sectors identified included health (including medical tourism) and higher education, both strengths of the Greater Philadelphia Region. In addition, Tianjin delegation officials agreed to assist WTCGP member companies in accessing and facilitating business connections and opportunities in Tianjin. Vice Chairman of WTC Tianjin, Zhang Tiejun concluded the meeting by extending a personal invitation to the City and Greater Philadelphia Region to visit Tianjin and the Binhai New Area. This included the possibility of a 2017 trade mission to Sister City, Tianjin, organized by the City of Philadelphia.
Which members of the City of Philadelphia Trade Mission to Tianjin accompanied you to the signing?
The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department: Lauren Swartz, Senior Director of International Investment and
Samuel Chueh, Director of International Investment
Citizens Diplomacy International: Siobhan Lyons, President and CEO
Bradley and Bradley Insurance: Steven Bradley, President and CEO and WTCGP Board Member
What does the MOU represent for WTCGP members and clients?
The World Trade Center, Tianjin (WTCT) will serve as a gateway to the Tianjin and China marketplace for WTCGP members and client companies by connecting its member companies with WTCGP clients and members. Particular focus for business to business collaboration will be in the fields of: healthcare, higher education, legal services, food industry, aviation, petrochemicals, automobiles, metalworking and medical device sector.
What does the business landscape look like in Tianjin?
Located in the Northern Coast of China, Tianjin is the fourth largest municipality with a total population of more than 15 million people. Tianjin is a hub city for international shipping and logistics, manufacturing and research and development. Created in 2009, Tianjin Binhai New Area was designated by the Chinese government as a special Free Trade Zone. Binhai has an international seaport, and an international airport and is a 33-minute high-speed train ride from Beijing. There are 141 Global 500 companies with operations in the Binhai New Area.
As Partner and Chair of China Business Group and International Group for White and Williams, LLP, how do you view the potential for Greater Philadelphia businesses in the Chinese market?
Over the past fifteen years, I have traveled to China on a regular basis, and have visited Tianjin on many occasions dating back to 2002. The economic development in Tianjin is extraordinary. Through the assistance of CDI and our Sister City program, White and Williams maintains a strong strategic alliance with Tianjin-based Winners Law Firm, now dating back seven years. This is the type of cooperation we envision between member companies of the WTCGP and Tianjin WTC. We had very productive conversations with the leadership of the Tianjin WTC during our June 1st meetings and we are working on several pilot business opportunities between our respective members. With the strong Sister City relationship between Philadelphia and Tianjin, it is quite fitting that the WTCGP is moving forward in strengthening the business relationship with Tianjin WTC. We are optimistic that this will lead to further commercial opportunities for the Greater Philadelphia region.
In early June, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, represented by board chairman Gary Biehn, signed into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with WTC Tianjin. The MOU will create a framework of cooperation which will seek to expand trade and investment in targeted sectors of opportunity, including healthcare, higher education, legal services, aviation, petrochemicals, metalworking, and the medical device sector.
As reported by the Philadelphia Business Journal:
Biehn said the agreement is the culmination of a visit from Tianjin officials last June and a reciprocal visit in January in which the two sides talked about synergies among membership companies in areas such as health care, education, and legal and financial services. The deal will put Philadelphia on the map when the roughly 2,000 Tianjin WTA member companies that are looking for U.S. business opportunities.
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On May 18th, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that the Philadelphia Department of Commerce will be participating in a three week trade and investment mission to Asia beginning May 23rd.
On June 2, 2016, the WTCGP hosted a meeting at White and Williams, for a delegation of 7 officials from World Trade Center Tianjin, China. Eric Cao, WTC Tianjin Executive Director and Deputy Division Chief, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, and Zhang Tiejun, Deputy Director, People’s Government of Tianjin Binhai New Area, set in place the initial steps to explore expanded trade and investment opportunities between Tianjin, the Binhai New Area and Greater Philadelphia. Participants included WTCGP members and leaders of Philadelphia’s international business organizations. Located in northern coastal China, Tianjin is the fourth largest municipality with a total population of more than 15 million people. Tianjin is a hub city for international shipping and logistics, manufacturing and research, and development. Created in 2009, Tianjin Binhai New Area is located in the coastal region of the Tianjin municipality. Designated by the Chinese government as a special Free Trade Zone, Binhai has an international seaport, and an international airport and is a 33-minute high-speed train ride from Beijing. There are 141 Global 500 companies with operations in Binhai New Area.
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Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park To Bring Jobs, Diversify Region’s Economy
Ground Broken for First of Seven Buildings Adjacent to FAA
“Aviation drives $1.5 trillion - or 5.4 percent of G.D.P (Gross Domestic Product),” said Deputy Director Jaime Figueroa of the FAA Tech Center. “SARTP is positioned to leverage the economic possibilities of aviation.” He added, “The money that’s earned here will be spent here.”
“This is just the beginning of Atlantic County’s future,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson, adding that tourism and gaming are still important but economic diversification is necessary. “This is why we put our money where our mouth is.”
The Atlantic County Improvement Authority (ACIA) helped to provide financing for the building, which is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2018, said John Lamey, the ACIA’s executive director.
Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said the research park is a collaboration “between the academy and industry,” offering Stockton and other universities opportunities in research and education.
“We consider this project to be a central instrument for change,” Kesselman said, adding that Stockton’s commitment to the project “will be unwavering.”
All the speakers noted that the project has been a decade in the making, and cited the strong partnerships and determination needed to bring it to fruition. Howard Kyle, Levinson’s chief of staff, was singled out for praise, though Levinson joked, “That doesn’t mean you’re getting a raise, Howard.”
Edward H. Salmon, president of the SARTP Board of Trustees, said it took five partners to make this work:
Levinson also recognized Ambassador and former Congressman William J. Hughes, for whom the Tech Center is named, and LoBiondo, saying, “I don’t know where we would be without the two of them.”
LoBiondo said the SARTP is “a guarantee of opportunity which we have not had up to this point.” He praised Levinson as “a visionary always looking forward to what’s best for Atlantic County and the region.”
He also thanked Kesselman and Stockton for “stepping up in a way no other organization in the area could have done;” Joseph Sheairs, the SARTP’s former executive director, for his work in making construction of the first building a reality; and Kyle and his own chief of staff, Maryannie Harper, for a decade of work.
The congressman said the Tech Center will provide “cutting edge” expertise and research, “all right here.”
He introduced his fellow congressman, Democrat Rick Larsen of Washington’s 2nd District and the ranking member of the House aviation committee which LoBiondo chairs. Larsen said he represents 23,000 Boeing employees who live in his district and another 7,000 who work there. He is visiting South Jersey to learn more about the connections between the FAA Tech Center’s work and his district.
Larsen said the FAA staff is working on aviation cybersecurity and unmanned aircraft systems and how they will be used by businesses such as Amazon to deliver products. “Commercial space is literally the next frontier in the FAA’s world,” he said.
Stockton and the SARTP are members of the Virginia Tech team known as the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) chosen by the FAA to help with the testing of drones under the federal government's plan to commercialize unmanned aircraft systems over the next several years. Staff at the FAA also has a key role developing the NextGen system that will switch the nation’s air traffic control from a radar-based system to a satellite-based system.
The SARTP building was designed by AECOM, a multinational engineering firm with headquarters in Los Angeles which repeatedly has been ranked #1 in Engineering News Record’s “Top 500 Design Firms.” Command Company, Inc. of Egg Harbor City, N.J., is the general contractor, and the facility is being built by Hessert Construction Group LLC, of Marlton, N.J.
John Wiley and Joe Salvatore, both experienced leaders in aviation, have been named interim director of the SARTP as a team. A national search for a new, permanent director will be conducted.
For more information, visit: stockton.edu/sartp/
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