Penn National begins hiring for Hollywood Casino Morgantown

Artist rendering of the planned Hollywood Casino Morgantown. PHOTO/FILE –

Penn National Gaming Inc. Of Wyomissing will be bringing 375 new jobs to Berks County by the end of the year. 

The company, which operates casinos around the country, announced Tuesday that it  has opened a career center at the Holiday Inn Morgantown at 6170 Morgantown Rd., and is accepting applications for positions at its planned Hollywood Casino Morgantown, which is expected to open by the end of 2021. 

“We are thrilled to begin accepting applications for our newest property from residents of Berks, Lancaster, and Montgomery counties, and other neighboring communities,” said Erin Chamberlin, senior vice president of regional operations for Penn National. “We look forward to interviewing candidates for the vast array of jobs that will support our expected grand opening later this year.” 

The company will also be hosting a number of table games dealer school open house hiring events over the next two weeks at the career center. Table games dealer school is expected to start in late September and is free of charge for those who accept employment offers from the company. 

Positions will also be available in casino operations, food and beverage, security and surveillance, human resources, marketing and other positions. 

Penn National said it is offering competitive pay, benefits and up to $1,500 in sign-on bonuses for new hires. 

When complete the Hollywood Casino Morgantown will be an 80,000-square-foot gaming facility that will feature approximately 750 slot machines and 30 tables games. 

There will also be a Barstool Sportsbook and race book, and food and beverage options. 

Penn National laying off more than 200 because of COVID-19 losses

Penn National Gaming of Wyomissing is eliminating 233 jobs between its Wyomissing and Las Vegas operations because of losses the gaming company sustained from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a WARN Notice, the company called the effects of the pandemic sudden, dramatic and beyond its control.

“We could not have anticipated when our properties would be allowed to reopen and how restrictive the new operating conditions would be, and the negative impact this would have on business volumes. As a result of all of these unfortunate circumstances, we are notifying you of this decision as soon as we practically could, taking into account the great difficulties our entire industry faces in projecting future staffing needs under these unprecedented circumstances,” said Gene Clark, senior vice president and chief human resources officer in the notice.

He said that the significant drag will likely continue for the foreseeable future.

While the layoffs are permanent, he said the offices will remain open.

Retail and online sports betting lifted Pennsylvania casino profits in December

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono was among the casinos that saw a revenue increase in December. (File photo) –

Total revenue was up at Pennsylvania’s casinos last month.

The state Gaming Control Board reported that revenue was up 3.4 percent over total revenue in December of 2018, with casinos that added retail and online sports betting leading the revenue jump.

Total casino revenue was $292 million for the month as compared to $282.25 in December 2018. Of that, casino sportsbooks brought in $17.5 million.

Overall revenue includes money from slot machines, table games, internet gaming, retail and internet sports wagering, fantasy contests and video gaming terminals.

The largest increase, by far, was at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. The casino, which is among those with sports betting, saw a 47.2 percent increase over the prior December, jumping from $15.13 million to $16.68 million.

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, which also added sports betting late last year, saw an increase 15.18 percent, $15.3 million to $17.42 million.

Wind Creek Casino Resort in Bethlehem, which does not offer sports betting, still had a modest over-year increase of .34 percent, going from $43.5 million to $43.6.

Some casinos did see a decrease, including Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Dauphin County, which saw a 5.7 percent decrease from $21.9 million in December 2018 to $20.7 million in December 2019.

Local companies make this year’s Fortune 500

Air Products of Trexlertown was one of the local companies to make the Fortune 500 this year. (File photo) –

The Fortune 500 is out and a number of companies in the Greater Lehigh Valley and Central Pennsylvania have made the cut.

Topping the list regionally was Camp Hill-based Rite Aid, which came in at No. 107, a drop from the previous year’s rank of 94. Revenue was down 8 percent over the prior year to $30.22 billion.

Next highest is Air Products and Chemicals of Trexlertown, which came in at No. 344, up from the previous year’s ranking of 345. Revenue for Air Products was $8.93 billion, up 5.8 percent over the previous year.

Hershey-based candy maker Hershey came in at No. 391, dropping from 379 the prior year. The company had revenue of $7.8 billion, up 3.7 percent.

Allentown-based PPL, which provides electrical utility and other services, dropped from 380 to No. 392 with revenue of $7.79 billion, and profits of $1.82 billion.

Utility UGI, which is headquartered in King of Prussia but services the Greater Lehigh Valley and Berks, was No. 400 with $7.65 billion in revenue

Toll Brothers, a Horsham-based luxury homebuilder with numerous communities in the region, came in at No. 482 with $7.14 billion in revenue.

Making the top 1000 from the region were Dentsply Sirona of York at 628; Penn National Gaming of Wyomissing at 676; Weis Markets of Sunbury at 683; EnerSys of Reading at 841 and Carpenter Technology, which has manufacturing in Reading, at 940.

Companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years comparing fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2017.

For the full Fortune 500 list click HERE. The list is published by Fortune Magazine.