BROOKVILLE, JEFFERSON COUNTY---County and company officials announced that Schlumberger Technologies is moving into the former Trail King facility just outside of Brookville, and hopefully the job opportunities that come with them will help residents who are still out of work after Trail King closed down over a year ago, leaving over 200 people unemployed.
“I have family and friends, I have a son-in-law who’s out of work right now. My wife’s ex-husband is out of work, and a number of other friends who could really use a job,” said Brookville resident, Donald Wolfe, “Their unemployment, I’m sure is about to run out, and it’d be good to see that building used. I hope they hire as many people as they can.”
It was announced today that the national unemployment rate is up again, and now stands at 9.9%. Residents say Brookville is no exception, so the announcement of job creation in the area brings some relief and hope of better days ahead.
“I think it’s going to be great,” said Brookville resident, Jennifer Kearns, “We need all the help we can get with businesses, and there’s been so much layoff and everything, it will help the economy get past it.”
Schlumberger officials say they plan to stay in Jefferson County long-term, and hope to grow with the Marcellus Shale industry.
“The Brookville facility will serve as a major component repair, rebuild center for a lot of our equipment used in those operations to support our operations from New York State to the South of Pennsylvania,” said Warren Zemlak, Vice President of North American Well Services for Schlumberger Technologies.
Jefferson County officials say they’ve worked hard to recruit Schumberger to the area, and they’re excited to see how Marcellus Shale will spur growth in the region in the future.
Jefferson County Commissioner Paul Corbin said, “We just want to form a teamwork where everybody is operating from the same page and we know what to expect when they come into our area, and inform our citizens of that, and to be good working partners with them.”
PA Career Link in Punxsutawney is advertising positions for Schlumberger, and say there are already 10 job openings for mechanics, with many more job postings to come.
If you’re interested in one of those openings, contact PA Career Link at (814)938-0504.