Nanticoke, Luzerne County, PA -
Safelite AutoGlass is opening a new distribution center in a warehouse being constructed on about 130 acres of former mine-scarred land off the new Dziak Drive.
Katie Moore, talent acquisition manager for Safelite AutoGlass based in Columbus, Ohio, said Safelite is occupying 357,575 square feet of space for a new distribution center at 301 Dziak Drive, Suite 200 in part of a building under construction in the Tradeport 164 development.
Moore and other Safelite officials came to Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center in Nanticoke for a hiring event on Tuesday that continues 9 to 5 Wednesday and Thursday.
She said Safelite is initially looking to hire 80 to 90 people for positions that include distribution center associates and shipping coordinators as well as managers and supervisors and a human resources generalist.
The starting rate for jobs is about $16 an hour and goes up to more than $20 depending on the job and experience, Moore said. All hourly roles are currently being offered a $1,000 welcome bonus, she said.
"Because there are a variety of career opportunities, the pay scale varies but is competitive," Moore said.
In addition to competitive weekly base pay and bonuses, she said Safelite also offers tuition reimbursement, a 401(k) plan with company matching and a benefits marketplace.
Moore could not yet say the opening date for Safelite's new distribution center but she said she expects it to open in the fall.
She said Safelite is hiring people in August to get inbound operations ready and there will be another wave of hiring for outbound operations.
"Hopefully by the end of the year, it will be fully operational," Moore said.
Safelite, which provides vehicle glass repair and replacement, has stores throughout Northeast Pennsylvania including locations in Kingston, Pittston, Scranton and Hazle Twp.
The new distribution center will house shipping and receiving efforts as well as retail inventory deliveries to Safelite AutoGlass locations and other vehicle glass retailers, Moore said.
"It will serve our retail partners. This is where we will store in-stock glass for the most common windshields, the side windows and all of that to be able to provide what the retail partners need," she said. "We are committed to providing superior service to our customers."
Safelite's nearest distribution center now is in Georgia and she said the new location will provide much quicker service to the Northeast.
"Safelite is a great place to work and we're looking forward to growing in the Nanticoke community," Moore said. "We work hard to set standards for quality and service to our customers and our associates alike."
Moore said the hiring event at LCCC is "focused on bringing smart, talented associates to Safelite's diverse and growing team." As of Tuesday morning, she said 400 people signed up to attend the hiring event.