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One of the companies involved in natural gas drilling in our area wants to hire more local workers.

Pumpco is holding a job fair until 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel in Scranton. The company has about 30 openings.

Brian Jones of Forest City wants, and needs, one of the positions. He works a variety of odd jobs now, and that's not enough.

"Helping people, cutting grass and all that, mowing lawns. I need a job and everything," Jones said. He was one of the first people through the door when the job fair opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Pumpco's recruiting manager said the company is happy with the response.

"Our company is growing. We're growing in Texas, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania right now," said Pumpco Recruiting manager Shannon Goff.

That's the reason for the job fair. Pumpco wants to move the people from outside the area who started the Pennsylvania projects on to new territory.

"Initially, to get started, we brought a lot of people up from Texas and now we want to replace all those people with local Pennsylvania people," explained Pumpcp Towanda office manager Andy Winkler.

Kodie Warring of Union Dale hopes to be one of those hometown replacements.

Pumpco is looking for drivers, equipment operators and Warring's specialty, mechanics. "I like working on vehicles and equipment and stuff like that," Warring said. He thinks he would be a good fit, "Hopefully."

The job involves working 14 hour days, 12 days on, 12 days off. Pumpco will pay 80 percent of the cost of your health care insurance, which includes medical and dental.

Management said some of its workers can make $160,000 a year.

You do have to pass a screening process, including a background check.

The process is a quick one. A spokesman for Pumpco said some of the people interviewed Tuesday could be on the job in as little as two weeks.

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