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L&I Secretary Oleksiak and East Penn Manufacturing Representatives Discuss Hiring of Local Workers at PA CareerLink® Berks County


Reading, PA – As part of the effort to help businesses connect with skilled and talented workers, Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak met with leaders from East Penn Manufacturing and the PA CareerLink® Berks County today to discuss the Wolf administration’s job training and career readiness initiatives and the company’s plans to hire more than 50 local workers.

“Businesses like East Penn Manufacturing, that are continually growing and expanding in Pennsylvania, need access to a well-skilled workforce,” said Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.  “It’s great to hear that job placement services provided through PA CareerLink® Berks County are helping East Penn meet their employment needs while providing local job seekers with good, middle class jobs.”
East Penn Manufacturing operates one of the largest lead-acid battery and accessory manufacturing facilities in the world.  Their locations in Berks County, primarily their headquarters in Lyon Station, employ over 7,100 workers.  East Penn makes use of many services available through the Pennsylvania CareerLink®, including listing their openings on the JobGateway® system as well as participating in Berks County’s large biannual job fairs. East Penn’s recent recruitment events at PA CareerLink® Berks County attracted nearly 700 interested job seekers.  
“We have partnered with the Berks County CareerLink® by participating in their large biannual job fair, and by holding special recruitment events at its office. We have experienced incredible event turnouts, which proved to be a high-quality recruitment tool for connecting with unemployed and underemployed individuals. East Penn is looking forward to a continued partnership, and a successful future with the PA CareerLink said Negron-Diaz."
“PA CareerLink® Berks County has a great deal of pride in the partnerships it is able to form with regional employers, as well as the assistance we are able to provide them and unemployed and underemployed individuals alike,” said PA CareerLink® Berks County Supervisor Nick Shirk.  “It is particularly gratifying to be able to collaborate with a business such as East Penn Manufacturing that has a deep-rooted history in our region and have proven to be a keystone in the foundation of our community.” 
Governor Wolf understands that Pennsylvania’s businesses are expanding and need skilled workers, and that workers want the education and training to get today’s in-demand jobs.  The governor’s PAsmart initiative is a new way to invest in people and business to create and expand innovative job training in STEM, computer science, apprenticeships, and other programs so worker get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy.
East Penn Manufacturing is a family-owned enterprise operating a 520-acre single-site advanced battery manufacturing complex in Berks County. More than 30 percent of their workforce has over a decade of service with the company. East Penn has grown from a one-room shop with a product line of five automotive batteries to one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers with more than 8,000 employees, 450 product designs, and many awards for manufacturing and environmental excellence.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
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