Scott Township, Lackawanna County - As northeastern Pennsylvania continues to battle the highest unemployment rate in the state, there is some good economic news in Lackawanna County.
A company in Scott Township is in the process of expanding and that means more than 150 new jobs.
The company, Process Technologies, is located in the Scott Technology Park.
The company recently merged with two others from New York and New Jersey and the owners decided to keep their operation in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Process Technologies makes a lot of cosmetic products for major manufacturers.
The company started with just a few temporary employees and a conveyor belt in the early 1990s. It has grown into a multi-million dollar company.
Instead of moving, the company is expanding in Lackawanna County and hiring an additional 155 new jobs.
"We like the work force. We like the culture here. We like the work force here," Chief executive Michael Godfrey said.
State officials toured the facility on Thursday morning.
Employees say they're happy to know they don't have to worry about their jobs.
"We never slowed down because of the recession," production supervisor Mary Margavage said. "Women still continued to buy their make-up. That is one thing. They'll give up their dessert but they're not going to give up their make-up."
Process Technologies is located in the Scott Technology Park which still has 12 lots available.
Township leaders are hoping this news brings more companies in.
"The park, in my opinion, has been a disappointment up until now but we're seeing increased interest. We're trying to partner with PA American to increase our water supply, water volume," Scott Township supervisor Ed Hlavaty said.
As the region battles high unemployment, state leaders say they need more stories of success like Process Technologies.
"If the township works in partnership with the county and the county works in partnership with the state and we all work together then we could get northeastern Pennsylvania back on track," State Representative Sid Michael Kavulich said.
Company officials say they are looking for assembly operators and mechanics. The pay would range from $10.50/hour to $20 or $30/hour.