WILKES-BARRE -- A company wants to grow its business in our area and that means more jobs.
Another tech company announced Thursday morning it wants to expand in Wilkes-Barre. It's the latest digital startup seeking talent from our area.
UM Technologies is a software company in Moosic. Its CEO said his company is acquiring a digital marketing company based in Wilkes-Barre, and he's looking to hire at least two dozen more people.
The digital marketing company that was acquired is LSEO.com. Its founder Kris Jones made the announcement Thursday morning at ReferLocal, another tech company Jones founded in Wilkes-Barre.
He said northeastern Pennsylvania has plenty of talent, and it's important to grow his businesses in his home area.
"This is where I was born, this is where my wife and three children, they go to school locally, I'm proud of northeastern Pennsylvania, and this is also a great place to start a business," Jones said.
Some area colleges, like Wilkes University, have recently added classes focused on digital marketing. Many of his hires are from the area. Jones points out that northeastern Pennsylvania has plenty of talent. In fact, many of his recent hires are from our area.
"To be honest with you, I was in San Francisco, surrounded by 30 companies that were supposed to be cream of the crop companies, and I see more talent here than I do out there," said LSEO employee Paul Rinaldi.
Paul Rinaldi, 28, is from Dunmore. Pat Minel, 26, of Scranton, graduated from Marywood University before landing a web design job here.
"Kids my age think they have to go out of the area to work but the tech industry in northeastern Pennsylvania is on the rise and something I'm really excited about," Minsel said.
Pepperjam, another tech company, announced 75 additional jobs coming to the Diamond City last month. Now, Wilkes-Barre city leaders hope the innovation wave continues to roll through the area.
"It'll bring in people with high-paying jobs, and that expands. What we want to do is have a snowball effect, the more this happens, the bigger it gets," said Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George.
The company is looking for people with marketing or computer experience. They also say the jobs are high-paying jobs.