AUDUBON — Waste removal company J.P. Mascaro & Sons has a message for people that may have recently lost jobs due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic: “We are hiring.”

The Montgomery County-based J.P. Mascaro said some sectors — including universities, restaurants and other businesses — have shown a reduction in the need for services over the past couple of weeks.

However, there has been an increase in demand in other parts of the business — especially in the residential, municipal and industrial sectors — as residents and companies use this “unique period of time” as an opportunity to perform across-the-board cleaning or clean-outs, according to the company.

“What we’re seeing is different. We have always had a need for help — it’s the nature of the beast for us. People come and go,” said Frank Sau, director of communications for J. P. Mascaro & Sons. “Now, with people confined to their residences and some businesses closing, there is more trash out there.” He added that trash pickup is an essential service.

“We have to get the trash,” he said.

Sau said the company is looking for laborers, mechanics, technicians and CDL Class A and Class B drivers. He said 30 to 50 new employees are needed for the Pottstown area, and another 30-50 employees for Bridgeport, but added the need extends to Berks County, across Montgomery County and Allentown.

“I want people to know who recently have lost their jobs due to this pandemic that they can come to our recruitment facility in Pottstown or apply online on our website and have an opportunity to work over the long-term in a stable industry with an established company with full health benefits.” J. P. Mascaro & Sons President, Pat Mascaro, said in a statement. 

The Pottstown recruitment facility is located at 221 E. High St. and is open for walk-in applicants — Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. According to Sau, the company is doing on the spot hiring if applicants qualify.

The center was opened in September 2017, to serve as a hub to hire and train employees for the solid waste and recycling company’s expanding Berks County operations.

The company provides daily transportation for employees from the Pottstown center to J.P. Mascaro facilities in Berks County including the company’s hauling division on W. Neversink Road in Exeter and the TotalRecycle facility on Lincoln Road, also in Exeter. 

According to Sau, the TotalRecycle facility, which opened in 2016, currently operates three shifts and runs about 20 hours each day. He said since Feb. 16, the facility has increased from 50 employees to about 90.

“We are an employer that needs help. We are not going to close our doors,” Sau said. “We have jobs — all lights are green.”

For more information visit http://www.jpmascaro.com/careers/

 

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