Three years ago an engineering company in Luzerne County nearly shut its doors, which would have meant laying off hundreds of workers from high-paying jobs.
Fairchild Semiconductor in Mountain Top is now hiring new employees due to the improving global markets.
Inside Fairchild Semiconductor in Mountain Top employees dressed in protective suits make electronic components for companies all over the world.
Three years ago, the 200 employees there were told they would no longer have jobs.
The worldwide recession hit the manufacturing company hard, but now that has changed.
Engineer Brian Feist has worked there for 12 years.
“It’s unreal. I mean it’s one of those things you don’t expect to happen. You are planning for the worst case and all of a sudden, wow, things are better. There’s a future. Everyone is happy. Everyone loves coming to work here,” said Feist.
Global human resources director Amy Acri said the company will hire new jobs because of an increased demand globally for the product.
“You saved over 200 highly skilled employees. In addition we have suppliers and contractors and the local economy is boosted by the people who work here,” said Acri.
“This is one of the few highly-technical jobs in the area and it’s great, get some great experience on technical equipment and what we do here I find rather interesting and incredible,” said Bob Turick, a technician with Fairchild Semiconductor
So how many jobs will be open to qualified candidates?
“It depends on the market. It depends on what the demand is and if people continue to buy automobiles and cell phones and computers we’ll invest in the facility as needed,” added Acri.