Job Seekers Attend Business Expo

WYOMING COUNTY — More than 2,000 people showed up at the Wyoming County fairgrounds near Meshoppen for the County’s annual Business, Gas and Job Expo on Wednesday.

Many job seekers said they’re eager to break into the gas industry and are hoping for steady work.

“It’s tough when people are sweating it out when you get your paycheck you need to rub two dimes together at the end of the day, it’s tough,” said Tony Matiello from Forty Fort.

Kevin Lynn represents the Linde Corporation, which builds pipelines. He said his company is looking to add about 50 people and he would like them to be from the area.

“There’s this huge sort of rumor about the business was all going to be people from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, and yes, some of those skilled people were. But they’ve been replaced by local people who learned how to do their jobs,” said Lynn.

There were 107 vendors at the expo and about half of them were looking to hire. That means about 500 people coule be getting a call for a new job.

“It looks like there’s some prospects. I have to go on webpages, follow up, follow up, follow up. Something will show up,” said Matiello.

“I talked to a few of these people and it sounds pretty promising. I have to go online and get everything going, but yeah this is the place to be,” said Richard Kramer from Wyalusing.

For those who are currently out of work, they said keeping a positive attitude is key.

“I’m going to go home and wait for phone calls. They’re going to come in hot and heavy,” said Kramer.

The Business, Gas and Job expo in Wyoming County was also a chance for other businesses to break into the gas industry and to network.

2 comments

  • smokedbutdidnotinhale

    You are exactly right, that is why they held the expo where they did.
    They know the statistics for the area. They know they can hire for lower
    pay scale.that is how these big corporations become the empires they are

  • Sean Christian Homes

    This area for decades has been nothing but a struggle. The politicians should be trying to get something going in this region. Money gets money. You can’t even start a business around here as a small guy because no one has any money to spend. Northeast Pa has a worse economy than Iraq. Vote out ALL career politicians in the area because they have done nothing. They have brought nothing to the area. They never report on attempts to bring anything to the area. The area is a joke. What are they going to pay at those expos? Minimum wage or close to it?

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