Expecting continued growth Uline is hosting a large-scale warehouse hiring event May 17 at its Allentown branch at 700 Uline Way.
Uline, a distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials, is looking to fill nearly 75. It was previously seeking 45 new employees but because the company is continuing to see business growth, it decided to add an additional 30 positions in the Lehigh Valley.
Open positions include warehouse associate, warehouse lead/supervisor, warehouse department manager, warehouse manager and safety coordinator.
Warehouse employees earn average annual salaries ranging from $65,000 to $80,000, including an annual profit-sharing bonus, the company said.
The hiring event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Those interested in attending should pre-register online at uline.jobs/Allentown, however walk-ins are welcome.
Uline currently employs more than 1,102 people between its Allentown and Alburtis locations and has more than 9,000 employees across 13 branches at 14 sales offices across the country.
Hanover Township, Lehigh County-based Keystone Precision Solutions named Miguel Colom vice president of operations. Colom will oversee the service, support, customer service, inside sales and information technology teams and develop the firm’s customer experience.
Lehighton-based Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp. named Marianne Garritano Rustad vice president of operations. Rustad will work with chamber members, volunteer leaders, partners and municipalities to support and strengthen communities and the local economy. Kathy Henderson will continue as director of economic development. Kelley Andrade was named membership engagement and events manager. Andrade will manage membership relations and chamber and community event coordination for mixers, workshops and chamber events. Bambi Elsasser will continue as Lehighton Main Street manager and will also be membership coordinator, focusing on membership engagement in Lehighton, Weissport, Bowmanstown and Palmerton. Linda Rex was named administrative assistant. Rex will work with members and the public and provide information, event assistance and program administration. Jessica O’Donnell-Gower was named executive vice president of affiliated chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp. Dylan Shick was named a summer intern to assist in event planning and execution.
Bethlehem, Northampton County-based Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. named George Lewis special assistant to the president and CEO. Nicole Radzievich Mertz was named vice president of marketing.
Allentown City Council in Lehigh County confirmed Mandy Tolino as director of parks and recreation. Tolino is a certified parks and recreation professional and will oversee the parks maintenance bureau, recreation bureau, special events, swimming pools and the golf course. Bina Patel was confirmed as director of finance, Patel will oversee the finance and budget administration, revenue and audit, general support services, procurement, risk management, accounting and financial management, and payroll.
Bethlehem, Northampton County-based Lehigh Valley Public Media elected Luis Campos a board member. Campos is Easton’s city administrator.
Community Music School elected Michael Yeager president, James Warfel vice president, Tom Fenstermacher treasurer and Mark Stein secretary. Yeager retired as CEO of Community Insurance Co. Warfel is a retired educator. Fenstermacher is retired chief financial officer with Hospital Central Services Inc. Stein is an associate professor with Muhlenberg College. Andrene Brown Nowell and Michael S Horvath II were named board members. Nowell is a founder and executive director of Fine Feather Foundation Inc. Horvath is an associate attorney at Gross McGinley LLP.
Girls on the Run Berks County, which covers Berks and Schuylkill counties, elected Sarah Rubright McCahon chairwoman of its board. McCahon is an attorney and member of Lancaster-based Barley Snyder’s trusts and estates, elder law and business practice groups.
Reading-based Berks County Community Foundation named Cindy Milian health and human services program officer. Milian will develop and implement public health and human services initiatives. Emily Smedley was named environment and energy program officer. Smedley will manage programs and grants relating to the environment, land use and neighborhood vitality.
Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County-based Manufacturers Resource Center named Wendy Beltzner director of leadership development and training strategy. Beltzner will lead the training and education services in leadership development and customized training strategies.
YMCA of Reading and Berks County elected Troy Rider chairman of its board. Rider is a partner with Lancaster-based Barley Snyder and concentrates on business, finance, real estate and food and agribusiness law.
Chicago-based Cresa named Eric Zahniser a managing principal with its industrial services group. Zahniser will work in the Conshohocken office and expand the company’s presence in the Greater Philadelphia industrial market.
Tredyffrin Township, Chester County-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors named Michael Pintande a sales associate in the Macungie office. He will focus on the Lehigh Valley.
Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County-based The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley named Madeleine Convery sales and marketing coordinator. Convery will be responsible for digital and social media initiatives and encouraging retailers to promote their businesses as part of the center’s overall marketing plans. Krista Berardelli was named marketing director and business development manager. Berardelli will continue to oversee marketing and event initiatives and also handle local leasing initiatives. Natalia Stezenko was named senior general manager. She will continue to manage The Promenade Shops as well as Marlton Square in southern New Jersey.
Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County-based Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association elected Rod Martin, Mark Carroll and Dan Schaffer board members and Mike Hawbaker a nonvoting board member. Martin is with Colebrookdale Township, Berks County-based Martin Stone Quarries Inc. Carroll is with Worcester, Montgomery County-based Allan Myers. Schaffer is with Lehigh Cement Co., which has locations in Berks, Bucks and Northampton counties. Hawbaker is with Hazle Township, Luzerne County-based Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.
Banking and finance
Wormleysburg, Cumberland County-based Stonebridge Financial Group LLP named Jim Foote a senior corporate retirement plan specialist. Foote, a chartered retirement plan specialist, will work with clients in the greater Philadelphia area.
Pittsburgh-based First National Bank named Larry Bardo senior vice president and commercial banker. He will be based in Reading, Berks County, and be responsible for lending, business development, relationship management and portfolio management for commercial clients in the Capital Region, which includes 10 Central Pennsylvania counties.
PB Bankshares Inc., the holding company for Coatesville, Chester County-based Presence Bank, named Bony Dawood a board member. Dawood is a professional engineer and president of Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County-based Dawood.
West Rockhill Township, Bucks County-based Grand View Hospital named Robert Loughery chair of the board of directors. Robert Pritchard was named vice chair, Blair Rush was named treasurer, and Judith Ott was named secretary. Loughery is a real estate investor and developer and president of Nehemiah Development Co. Inc. Pritchard is a certified public accountant.
West Rockhill Township, Bucks County-based Grand View Health Foundation named Tricia Brown O’Hara chair. Sandy Alderfer was named vice chairman and chairman of the This Is Us Together capital campaign. O’Hara is a registered nurse, professor of nursing and assistant dean for undergraduate students for the Frances Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions at Gwynedd Mercy University.
Bethlehem, Northampton County-based The Wilbur Mansion named Jon McCain executive chef. He will create and oversee the seasonal menu of local ingredients and produce.
Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County-based Liquid named Bob Stevens director of strategy.
Allentown, Lehigh County-based Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania named Jason Raines, Michael Zalot and Jane Amato board members. Raines is the principal of Raines Consulting Group LLC, operational excellence manager at HNL Lab Medicine and adjunct professor at Cedar Crest College. Zalot is director of graduate programs and assistant professor of business at Cedar Crest College. Zalot will focus on developing stronger partnerships with academia. Amato is vice president of commercial lending at Peoples Security Bank & Trust.
South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County-based Howard Hanna The Frederick Group named Brooke Mareni and Brian Segel real estate agents. Mareni is a Realtor and will assist with buying and selling homes or land. Segel is a Realtor, certified residential specialist and accredited buyer’s representative.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors® named Samantha Fedele a sales associate in the Macungie office. Fedele will focus on the Lehigh Valley.
The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors named Dr. Nguyet-Cam Vu Lam a member of its Program Director Wellness Task Force. The task force will explore options for providing wellness support to association members and recommend wellness initiatives to the board of directors. Lam is program director of Bethlehem Family Medicine residency at Fountain Hill, Lehigh County-based St. Luke’s University Health Network.
Banking and finance
Wyomissing, Berks County-based Marathon Business Group LLC & Marathon Advisory Services LLC named Jack A. Russell a financial analyst and office administrator. Russell will focus on financial analysis, market research and brand development
Warwick Township, Bucks County-based Middle Bucks Institute of Technology named Mark Covelle administrative director.
Hanover Township, Lehigh County-based HNL Lab Medicine named David M. Confalone vice president of finance. Confalone is a certified public accountant.
Stroud Township, Monroe County-based Frailey Insurance and Financial Services named Felicia M. Gwinn account manager for personal lines.
Norris McLaughlin P.A. named Rocco Beltrami an associate in the Allentown office. Beltrami will practice in the business law group and the real estate, zoning and land use group and will provide strategic counsel to clients on general business topics and a variety of real estate transactions. Alyssa Christian was named an associate in the business law group in Allentown. Christian counsels clients on general business issues.
Philadelphia-based Stevens & Lee named Julie Wagner Burkart a member of the real estate department, based in the Allentown office. She practices in land use and zoning law, contracts and leasing, landlord-tenant law, business formation and organization, estate planning and litigation.
Emmaus, Lehigh County-based Altitude Marketing named Grace Peoples social media coordinator. Peoples will manage social media and strategic direction for the company and its clients.
Hanover Township, Northampton County-based ASR Media Productions named Cíara Purcell a junior editor. Purcell will continue to strengthen her editing skills and support production of client projects.
Communities In Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania, with offices in Allentown, Lehigh County, and Wyomissing, Berks County, elected Sandra K. Green, Hope Johnson and Adrian Marsh board members. Green works with Kutztown University and the Kutztown Community Partnership. Johnson is vice president of perioperative and endoscopy services for Lehigh Valley Health Network. Marsh is global head of administrative finance at Olympus Corp.
Allentown, Lehigh County-based Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority named Matthew Malozi chair of its board of directors. Malozi, a board appointee of Lehigh County, is co-founder and president of Civitas Regio LLC. Mike Lichtenberger of Bethlehem was named vice chair. Lichtenberger, a board appointee of Northampton County, is group executive and chief operating officer of enTrust Payment Systems of Bethlehem.
South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County-based Howard Hanna The Frederick Group named Vitaliy Raskot a Realtor.
Global transport and logistics provider GEODIS said it plans to hire approximately 215 seasonal workers in the Allentown area in preparation for peak season.
The company is increasing its workforce to strengthen its warehousing and distribution center capabilities to prepare for the holiday season.
GEODIS said that according to Insider Intelligence, the 2022 peak season is expected to see healthy consumer spending patterns continue after record 2021 holiday sales as global supply chains continue to stabilize.
To anticipate demand, GEODIS plans to hire seasonal employees to join its existing workforce of more than 13,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada.
“With the economic conditions consumers and our clients are facing, it is now more critical than ever that businesses have a trusted third-party logistics partner with the expertise and team to navigate the unexpected,” said Anthony Jordan, GEODIS in Americas executive vice president and chief operating officer.
GEODIS is hiring material handlers and equipment operators this peak season across 20 of its campuses in the U.S. and Canada. GEODIS offers competitive pay along with referral bonuses. Additionally, the company said it offers flexible schedules where feasible, the opportunity to choose between part-time or full-time seasonal work.
Along with prioritizing an employee-first work environment, GEODIS offers COVID-safe warehouses featuring socially distant workstations, frequent surface cleaning and extensive use of technology to help deliver ongoing reports within the warehouse to mitigate potential COVID-19 outbreaks.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, which has a location in Hamburg is undertaking a massive national hiring event.
The company is looking to fill 3,500 full- and part-time positions across North America.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22 retail locations across the U.S. and Canada will conduct on-site interviews for local retail, distribution and contact center positions from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Full-time and part-time positions are available in all of the company’s locations, including the Hamburg location.
Applicants for most available positions must be at least 18 years old, with some food service industry positions open to those 16 years of age or older.
In 2021 and 2022, Forbes ranked Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s in the top 10 among “America’s Best Employers” as part of a nationwide survey of 500 large firms.
Last month, Newsweek ranked the company among the “Best in Customer Service” of outdoor retailers.
Uline in Allentown is expanding its workforce to meet the increasing demands for its shipping, industrial and packaging products.
Ed Morris, senior distribution manager for Uline, 700 Uline Way, said he is confident the company will attract the workers it needs, even during this time of worker shortages, because the family-owned company not only offers competitive wages and benefits, but offers opportunity for growth and advancement. Jobs start at $25 per hour.
“We focus on growth and stability and offer employees a family atmosphere with activities, holiday parties and bonuses,” he said, including annual performance, sales goals and profit sharing. “We also have an 85-90% promotion rate here.”
The company held a job fair yesterday. It is looking to add at least 80 people to its warehouse facility and 100 in its distribution operation, bringing the total Lehigh Valley workforce to more than 1,000, he said. A second job fair will be held Aug. 10.
“We offer good benefits and perks, including health care, 401K with a five percent match and bonuses,” he said. “We also have gym onsite and a walking path for employees and the community.”
But most importantly, he said, is job stability. “We are a hire to retire company,” he said. “We are family-owned, and those values are shared with all our employees.”
In addition to the holiday parties and other events that are intended to bring workers together in social settings, Morris said the company offers flexible schedules to make it easier for employees to find the balance between work and home life.
Business, he said, has been steady for Uline for the past 10 years. During the pandemic, when companies were forced to close, Uline was considered essential and therefore stayed operating at full capacity. “We saw tremendous growth during that time,” he said.
The Wisconsin-based company moved to Pennsylvania in 2004 and into its Allentown facility in 2017. It just recently opened a distribution center at 8449 Congdon Way, Macungie Township.
“We provide training for new employees and always allow room for growth,” Morris said. “We invest in our employees and provide mentoring and leadership.’
Wisconsin-based Uline, a shipping supply specialist, is opening a new distribution center in Allentown and plans to hire between 90-120 associates to staff the facility.
The new facility at 8449 Congdon Hill Drive continues the trend of double-digit growth Uline has experienced throughout North America over the past five years, the company said.
Expected to open in the third quarter of this year, the company plans to hire and train now to fill the key positions needed, including warehouse associates, material handlers, forklift operators, mechanics, warehouse clerks, custodians and managerial staff.
Uline said starting wages will be $25 per hour. Uline offers bonus programs that include annual performance, sales goals and profit sharing, it said.
Employees also receive generous paid time off as well as opportunities for development and growth.
“This new distribution center is in the works, now we’re looking for quality candidates to make it a success,” said Senior Human Resources Manager Rob May.
“We have great opportunities in the Lehigh Valley area for people seeking work with a stable, customer, employee and family focused company,” he said.
The facility will distribute Uline’s wide range of products including shipping supplies and safety products to branches nationwide – guaranteeing Uline’s promise of next-day delivery, May said.
“Uline’s expansion over the last few years has been monumental, and we anticipate it trending this way for many years to come,” said Senior Director of Redistribution Wade Goff. “Our continued growth led to a need for an additional distribution center in the Pennsylvania market to serve Uline’s locations across our North American footprint.”
Pennsylvania businesses relied on Uline products as they adjusted their operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, purchasing to-go containers for restaurants, cleaning and janitorial supplies for grocery and retail, and personal protective equipment for hospitals and testing sites, Groff added.
As many businesses return to pre-pandemic operations, demand for Uline’s catalog of business products continues to grow. The Allentown distribution center is the latest of Uline’s ongoing expansion, which already employs nearly 1,000 people in the Lehigh Valley.
St. Luke’s University Health Network is joining a growing number of companies looking for ways to attract employees in this era of hard to fill jobs.
The health network started the St. Luke’s Vo-Tech Co-Op Program in December and now is working with select students from area high schools and Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech School (BAVTS) to offer learning on the job while getting paid.
This is a win-win arrangement with the school districts, the network said. It gives teens a chance to work in a field they’ve identified as a potential profession.
The Vo-Tech Co-Op Program bolsters St. Luke’s supply of employees who hopefully will stay at the hospital or return there after college, or other training, for higher-skilled positions to fill hard-to-recruit roles, said Georgina Winfield, the Network’s director of Volunteer Services and Student Relations.
“This collaboration allows students to complete additional competencies coordinated between the hospital and school,” said Connie Muschko, BAVTS School-to-Career coordinator. “With both organizations supporting student engagement in the classroom and hospital, they enter the workforce in an advanced position due to their involvement in this wonderful, educational experience.”
Becca Taney, a 17-year-old Freedom High School senior, who wants to be a nurse, is working in St. Luke’s Bethlehem Campus ER after school.
She wheels patients up to nursing units. She takes vital signs. She even helps nurses hook patients with chest pain up to EKG machines and perform the diagnostic test on them to see if they’re having a heart attack.
The ER is a perfect fit for Taney. “This is my future career as a nurse,” she said. “There’s so much you get to see and learn here, something every day.”
She plans to study nursing at DeSales University next year.
Brandon Koch, an 18-year-old senior at BAVTS is cleaning heat and air conditioning handlers on a patient care unit to ready them for cooling season. The maintenance mechanic intern is picking up skills for work life after high school.
The students spend about four hours on each, or several, weekdays, practicing the skills while getting to know the people and places throughout the hospital, the network said.
Students like Taney take the Health Careers course at vo-tech, said Winfield, then “they put it into practice at SLUHN with help and encouragement from the nurses and administrators on the units where they’re assigned.”
Koch has been learning masonry at BAVTS. He is enthused about working and learning at St. Luke’s, which could become a career, she said.
Art Steward, plant operations supervisor, said people like Koch are key to keeping the hospital running smoothly. He should know; he graduated from BAVTS and has worked at St. Luke’s for 41 years and is planning to retire in the next two years.
Other long-time engineering staff have the same plans to step away from their careers soon, so the need for replacements is high, the network said.
But Steward said he believes that these teens will be able to continue in the able shoes of the 50 “zone mechanics” St. Luke’s employs. During the workday, they might do plumbing, carpentry, painting, electricity and more with guidance from Steward or zone mechanics Jose Mangual or Frank Miravich.
“They’re doing great, learning quickly and using good communication and customer service skills,” Steward said.
Taney’s supervisor/mentor, Emergency Department Director Matt Weintraub is delighted with her attitude, aptitude, and interpersonal skills.
“She’s special, energetic, fantastic,” he said. “She learns quickly, like a sponge.”
“The opportunities afforded to the students are second to none,” said Jenifer Stilgenbauer, BAVTS Health Careers instructor. “They are getting real-world experiences in their chosen field while getting paid, and they help filling openings at the hospital. Current and future students at BAVTS can see where a technical education can take them, too.”
“We bring them in and hope to eventually hire them. They can stay on here right after graduation or during college if they want. … They get a foot in the door here, and that may turn into a career,” Winfield said.
It’s springtime and that means it’s the busy time of the year for home and garden centers.
To address the expected jump in demand, Home Depot said it is looking to hire 630 full- and part-time workers in Pennsylvania for the season.
Positions would include opportunities for customer service/sales, store support, freight, merchandising and warehouse associates. Throughout the company’s new, accelerated hiring process, applicants could receive an offer within just one day of applying, it said in a release. Open positions will vary by store.
The retailer said that it offers a wide range of health and personal benefits including tuition reimbursement, company performance-based cash bonus program, paid family leave, back-up dependent care, 401(k) savings plan with company match, a discounted company stock purchase program and more. Over the last three years, associates have received more than $1 billion in Success Sharing awards.
Additionally, jobseekers will also find upskilling programs that teach and expose them to new skills in other functions like software development, cyber security, data science, marketing, supply chain and finance. Approximately 90% of Home Depot’s store leaders began their career as hourly associates, the company said.
Gov. Tom Wolf said today an Australian manufacturer will create 130 new jobs at its first U.S. facility in Allentown.
Easy Signs, Inc., a manufacturer of high quality digitally printed signage, has leased a 72,000-square-foot facility at 7346 Penn Drive in Upper Macungie Township. Easy Signs anticipates a soft product launch at the beginning of May, with a full launch by July. Hiring for the new location will begin as early as March.
“Pennsylvania’s friendly business climate and manufacturing excellence is well-known internationally,” said Wolf. “Manufacturing has long been a key part of the commonwealth’s economy and we have much to offer the industry, from our skilled workforce to prime northeast location, and more. Easy Signs’ choice to locate their first U.S. manufacturing operation here speaks volumes about the commonwealth and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Pennsylvania.”
Easy Signs, headquartered southwest of Sydney, Australia, has seen increased sales to the U.S. and is opening their first U.S. manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania to continue that growth.
“We have spent years building Easy Signs into a customer centric, ultra-efficient manufacturing company. With a focus on technology and continual innovation we knew it would one day be ready to launch into a much larger market such as the U.S. That day has now arrived, and we are thrilled to be establishing in Allentown,” said Andy Fryer, co-founder of Easy Signs. “We look forward to creating a wide range of jobs for Pennsylvanians in the Lehigh Valley and developing a facility and culture that allows people to enjoy coming to work each day.”
Easy Signs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $225,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $75,000 workforce development grant to help train workers, and a $1 million loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).
The company was also encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program. Easy Signs has committed to investing more than $2.8 million into the project and creating 130 full-time jobs over the next three years.
Easy Signs manufactures high quality digitally printed signage using the latest technology. Over the last 10 years, Easy Signs has invested in the latest state of the art machinery to ensure they supply consistent, high-quality products at the lowest cost. The company has been exporting to the U.S. since 2019.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania and DCED’s Office of International Business Development, which offers both export and foreign direct investment assistance to help companies grow in the commonwealth.
“We’re pleased to welcome Easy Signs to the Lehigh Valley and were glad to work with them to help identify sites and provide economic data about the region,” said Don Cunningham, president & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC).
“Manufacturing is the second-largest sector of the Lehigh Valley economy, and our region is attractive for international companies seeking a presence in the United States due to our prime northeast location, talented workforce, and excellent transportation infrastructure,” he said. “Businesses from many countries have made the Lehigh Valley their home, and I’m sure Easy Signs will find the Lehigh Valley a perfect fit for its first U.S. manufacturing operation.”
Advance Auto Parts, an automotive aftermarket parts retailer, is looking to fill more than 100 positions today and tomorrow at its distribution center, 9755 Commerce Circle, Kutztown.
The company is looking to hire team members for warehouse positions across first, second and weekend shifts. Select management positions are also available. All positions include benefits, paid time off, bonus eligibility and more, with pay starting at $17.40.
The event is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. both days. Applicants will undergo a temperature screening and must answer a series of COVID-related questions prior to entering.
Interested applicants who cannot make Advance’s hiring event may apply on the company’s website at advanceautoparts.jobs. The company employs more than 360 team members at its Kutztown facility.
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