JENKINS TWP. — After several relocations in Lackawanna County, Kelly Services has a new home.
The business officially moved into its new facility on Centerpoint Boulevard in June and held a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 28 to commemorate its arrival to Greater Pittston.
The facility is 4,120 square feet and was leased from Mericle Real Estate Services.
Kelly Services provides staffing on a temporary, temp-to-hire and permanent placement basis. Employees can be found working in traditional office positions as well as in finance, healthcare, engineering, law, accounting, information technology, science, creative services, light industrial, and education.
Senior District Manager Michelle Nichols said the education portion has caused a huge growth in the business.
“What we do is we have a program we setup within the schools and it’s an online data management program,” she said. “So, teachers report absences in the program and our substitute teachers pick up the absences and work in the schools. We take their current sub pool, and then recruit new substitutes to bring into the school districts.”
Nichols said Kelly Services follows the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements and that the business has its own screening process to determine teachers meet the requirements of the school.
It was because of the education that Nichols said Kelly Services began growing and a new location was needed.
“We’ve been here locally since 1962 and out office has moved several times within that time frame in and around the Scranton area,” she said. “Our last office was in Moosic and we experienced a large amount of growth, both on our commercial and education side of our business, so in order to handle the growth we added a number of jobs in the area. That caused the expansion here into Pittston.”
The office currently staffs seven people, but Nichols said more will be added in the near future.
According to Mericle vice presidents Al Guari and Jim Hilsher, the multi-tenant space Kelly Services now resides in was built eight years ago.
Guari said the business reached out earlier this year and were shown several non-Mericle sites before they found the Centerpoint Boulevard location.
He noted how happy he was that Kelly Services chose a Mericle site to expand their business.
“Due to the location, the finishes and what was here existing they chose this location,” Guari said. “We’re very proud of what Mericle has to offer to the commercial market, both office and industrial.”
Nichols said she is looking forward to being part of the Greater Pittston community and helping the business grow even more.
“I think really for us, it’s really getting out and involved in the community,” she said. “Being in the Greater Scranton Chamber for a number of years, we were very involved in the local community and networking events, and getting out and volunteering. We’re looking forward to doing that in the Greater Pittston area as well.”
Executive Vice President of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Michelle Mikitish looks forward to what Kelly Services will bring to the area, and hopes that more businesses will follow suit.
“The fact that you see these businesses opening in the area, and with more to come, it shows that Greater Pittston has proven to be successful and can attract businesses,” she said. “The more businesses we can attract, the better for everyone, and we couldn’t be be more proud to be part of that.”
Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher