Greater Hazleton and the surrounding region have a workforce that is qualified, ready and available.
Senior Human Resources Manager Sandy Sola said American Eagle Outfitters received hundreds of applicants for its positions, and the company has been pleased with the caliber of Greater Hazleton’s workforce. “Part of our staffing strategy is to partner with local temporary agencies to help us secure our entry-level workforce. We are currently in the process of converting many of those individuals to full-time employment. And, we still have a very healthy candidate pipeline of individuals trying to find positions with American Eagle Outfitters,” she said.
CAN DO has assisted another tenant with a recent expansion project. BelleMarque LLC, located in Valmont Industrial Park, was previously located in two separate spaces in CAN DO’s multi-tenant complex. The company, which manufactures napkin products, moved into 130 Lions Drive in Valmont Industrial Park After CAN DO purchased the building and renovated it specifically to their requirements.
BelleMarque General Manager Alec Marcalus said, “We needed more space to accommodate our growing business, including more room for production, warehousing and employees. The new facility has more of everything we need: dock doors, space for employees and more. CAN DO did a fantastic job of fitting it out for our needs.”
Funding assistance is one of the many ways that CAN DO provides help to new and existing employers throughout Luzerne County. CAN DO has access to a variety of financing sources and offers its expertise to assist businesses in obtaining the necessary funding for projects. CAN DO’s business financing specialists can help identify the appropriate funding sources and package and complete applications.
Many financing types are available in the form of both grants and low-interest loans. Some of the grants and low-interest loans include land and building acquisition loans, Small Business First loans, machinery and equipment loans, workforce training grants, and job creation and investment loans.
Located directly along the I-81 corridor in Northeast Pennsylvania and just minutes from I-80, Greater Hazleton offers an ideal location, just two hours to New York City and Philadelphia and within a day's drive of half the nation's population.
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