On behalf of its 3,500 members, The PA Wine & Spirits Council today publicly thanked former PA Liquor Control Board Chairman Jonathan Newman for his steadfast support of the state-operated wine and spirits shops and the Pennsylvanians who work there.
"While Jonathan was the chairman of the board, he really was great to work with and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy the challenge of modernizing our operations. There's no doubt that while in charge and on the payroll, he was very proud of the work he did," said Wendell Young IV, President of the Council. "Really, our thanks and recognition of his public service to this public agency is long overdue."
Please consider any of the following quotes from former Chairman Newman, now a private wine distributor:
"The accomplishments of the past three and a half years have only been possible with the effort and dedication of the PLCB employees. I am grateful for their support and look forward to leading the PLCB on a course of continued success under Governor Rendell's direction." [PLCB Press Release, March 16, 2006]
"We are using Pa.'s purchasing power to bring some great wine deals to our stores and we are starting to win back many customers who used to buy out of state." [A Chat with Jonathan H. Newman, Chairman PLCB, eGForums Blog, April 24 - 28, 2005]
"The PLCB has the infrastructure and resources to create big, beautiful Premium Collection stores that can stock merchandise that a private retailer would never carry. In the last couple months, we have opened spectacular stores that carry thousands of wines and many boutique spirits - including a McCaffery's supermarket in Yardley, a Superfresh in Yardley, an outlet store in South Philly, an expanded outlet store in Washington and West Goshen, Chester county and a beautiful premium Collection store in Hanover, to name a few." [A Chat with Jonathan H. Newman, Chairman PLCB, eGForums Blog, April 24 - 28, 2005]
The UFCW PA Wine and Spirits Council is comprised of UFCW Locals 1776, 23 and 27, representing the clerks who staff the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits shops throughout the state.