You might be wondering “WHAT IS COSTARS?” According to the website, “COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program and serves as a conduit through which registered and eligible local public procurement units (LPPUs) and state-affiliated entities (together “Members”) are able to leverage contracts established by DGS to cost effectively and efficiently identify suppliers with whom to do business.”
On June 7, 2017 Eastern Time proudly joined the network of COSTARS suppliers under contract number 008-451- Maintenance, Repair, & Operation Equipment & Supplies. This means that local governments now have the ability to procure materials and services directly from Eastern Time without the lengthy, and sometimes costly, bid process. We proudly present discounted pricing on the following products, as well as, a discounted labor rate for installation (where required):
Edwards EST Life Safety Systems
Edwards Signaling Systems
DMP Security and Access Control Solutions
UTC Security Systems, including Interlogix Access Control, Security, and CCTV Systems
Lenel Access Control Systems
Bogen Sound & Intercom Systems
WestCall Nurse Call Systems
Cornell Nurse Call Systems
Eastern Time is thrilled to be a part of this outstanding program, and we look forward to providing solutions for your life safety or security needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Eastern Time representative if you need assistance with the COSTARS process or have any questions or concerns we may be able to help you with.
For more information regarding the COSTARS Program contact:
Department of General Services
Bureau of Procurement
555 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Please visit the COSTARS website at:
Eastern Time sent 3 representatives to attend the April networking event for the Young Professional groups of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Construction Specifiers Institute (GLVC CSI) and the Eastern PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The event took place April 5th at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, 649 S 10th St, Allentown, PA, 18103, US. Each company was assigned a team of 3 to 4 individuals to race and see who was the fastest company in the Valley. Representing Eastern Time were Sales & Marketing Specialist-Megan Povenski, Sales Manager & Vice President-Marc Rizzo, and Construction Department Manager & Vice President-Bryan Rizzo, who along with their father Chuck are partners in ownership of Eastern Time Inc.
After some time to network over pizza and wings provided by LV Grand Prix, it was time to take the track. The race was divided into 3 heats, with the fastest lap times being the deciding factor of who would take home the medals. Megan won the first heat against 6 other individuals representing various companies throughout the Lehigh Valley with the fastest lap time of 34.609. Marc and Bryan both raced in the third heat, where Bryan came out the victor with a fastest lap time of 33.401 over Marc’s 34.668.
Eastern Time came out of the evening with the top 3 fastest individual lap times, as well as the overall fastest average lap time for the team event, giving us bragging rights and the domination of the podium. Overall this was a successful evening both on and off the track. CSI & AIA are fantastic organizations to be a part of and the opportunity to network with other industry professionals in the Lehigh Valley is always a winning endeavor.
For more information on the Young Professionals networking events, you can follow one of the links below:
Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of CSI CLICK HERE
Eastern PA Architects Institute of America CLICK HERE
Campus Alumnus/Eastern Time Fund Rizzo Scholarship
Campus Alumnus, Chuck Rizzo, president and CEO of Eastern Time, Inc., along with his sons Marc and Bryan, and wife, Gail, have funded an endowed scholarship in memory of Chuck’s parents, James and Margaret Rizzo. Preference for the scholarship will be given to graduates of Dunmore High School who are pursuing a degree in engineering.
“Chuck is a perfect example of what hard work and ambition can accomplish. He is an entrepreneur extraordinaire, and has shared these skills with his sons who have become successful businessmen in their own right,” said Director of Development Maria Russoniello.
Eastern Time, Inc. is well known in the Allentown area, where their primary business is located, for their philanthropy to many causes. Cuck and his family recognize the importance of private support in helping those in need.
Chuck’s Dad, Jim Rizzo, was an employee of the campus in the maintenance department for several years. By establishing this scholarship, Chuck, an native of Dunmore, has combined this special tribute to his parents with his fondness for his hometown and personal background in electrical engineering. He and his son, Bryan, recently spoke to our campus’ Entrepreneurship and Business classes.
(Penn State Worthington Scranton, Spring 2017)
Eastern Time Sponsors 2017 SKILLS USA Showcase of Skills
Students Showcase Skills—Win Medals at District Competition
First place students earn the right to represent District 11 in the State competition in April
On February 1, 2017 at the Agri~Plex in Allentown over 400 students competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership competitions. This “Showcase of Skills” provided a unique opportunity to observe some of the most talented career and technical education students in the area. District Gold Medal winners advance to state and potentially national competitions. This year, the SkillsUSA Council is partnering with post-secondary educational institutions and area businesses to award over $167,000 in scholarships and prizes to the medalists of eight competitions.
Following the competition, students and their families gathered at Parkland High School to hear the results of the day’s competitions and, for the winners, to receive their medals. The energy level was high as the students celebrated a great day of competition. There are no losers here, just honorable competitors all of whom gave it their best.
Gold medal winners will represent District 11 at the State competition in Hershey, PA this coming April.
Contestants are from the following area career and technical schools:
Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School (BAVTS)
Career Institute of Technology (CIT)
Colonial Academy (CA)
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI)
Monroe Career & Technical Institute (MCTI)
Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS)
SkillsUSA Council is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, organization whose mission is to create a world-class workforce, through professional development of local career and technical education students and partnerships with the local business community, to support local economic and community growth in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Our activities carry out our mission of building a better workforce by connecting businesses with future employees, helping students become better employees, and promoting a positive image of our member companies and their industries.
Eastern Time is proud to support the Third Street Alliance for Women and Children as a sponsor for the 21st Annual Bistro. The Annual Bistro is the agency’s marquee fundraising Event for the programs for shelter for homeless woman and their children, compassionate adult day services, and accredited child care.
The Bistro was held March 4, 2017 and is hosted in Third Street Alliance’s historic Simon Mansion. Guests, donors, and sponsors come to enjoy the elegant atmosphere, fine dining and refreshments, music, and the annual silent auction, among other features.
For more information on Bistro, or to contribute to the Third Street Alliance for Woman and Children, you may visit their website at http://thirdstreetalliance.org/
As of 10/18/2016 founder Chuck Rizzo decided to turn the year to year James and Margaret Rizzo Memorial Scholarship at Penn State University Worthington into a lifetime scholarship that will continue forever. The scholarship was established in memory of the two people who taught him to respect others, work hard, be honest and believe that he could accomplish something worthwhile. The scholarship is to be used for needs-based recipients and favors engineering studies.
On May 23rd 2016 the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce had it’s annual Krajsa Cup & Chamber Board of Governors Golf Classic . It was a beautiful day on the course in the 70’s without a cloud in the sky and the was a huge amount of support and participation by Lehigh Valley business leaders. Bryan Rizzo and Chad Sportelli ended up putting a -7 score for the day, placing 2nd place in the net category.
ETI is always happy to sponsor the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at it’s annual golf outings. This year it was a cold/rainy afternoon for the 2016 Easton Phillipsburg Golf Classic at Morgan Hill Golf Course. That didn’t stop Bryan Rizzo and Chad Sportelli from putting up a -6 score, only losing to the champions by 2 strokes. Sportelli being an avid golfer had multiple birdies and an eagle. Both Chad and Bryan will be participating in the upcoming Krajsa Cup and Walla Gazoo Chamber events, so stay tuned.
The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The competition was held on February 2nd and 3rd at the Agri-Plex in Allentown, and ETI sponsored the Electronics Technology category.
The Electronics Technology contest was divided into five sections: customer service exam, written exam, soldering, breadboarding and troubleshooting. Contestants’ demonstrated their knowledge of analog and digital circuitry; ability to troubleshoot electronic circuits; ability to construct and test experimental circuits; and, ability to design and select circuit components. All aspects of the competition tested contestants’ abilities to use and calibrate electronic equipment, record and organize data, and demonstrate proper safety practices.
Congratulations Thomas L. Bostian for your first place finish in the competition, and good luck on the upcoming state and national ones to follow.
Sponsorship Thank You letter from Thea Phalon
The 2016 Lenel Partner Summit in Carlsbad, California gave Chuck and Bryan the chance to stay up to date on upcoming changes in the global security market and Lenel’s security portfolio. ETI utilizes Lenel’s industry leading OnGuard Enterprise Level Access Control and Interlogix CCTV surveillance platform to secure the casino, manufacturing, hospital and office markets.
The two reoccurring themes throughout the conference that both ETI and Lenel will be focusing on in the upcoming year are, utilizing cloud based technology and harnessing the true power of our mobile devices. The three main drivers of the “cloud and mobile technology push” not only in the security industry but in all industries come from;
- Cyber security risks
- A constantly evolving IT industry
- Need to stay connected
Lenel also unveiled a product slated for release Q4 2016 that will give ETI the ability to seamlessly take over existing Software House access control system installations with a Mercury Bridge Board. More to come on this exciting news as it will give current Software House customers an opportunity to break from the proprietary nature of this Tyco product.