HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A local fulfillment center is helping fulfill the dreams of those looking for a job. It’s looking to add hundreds more employees to an ever-growing workplace in northeastern Pennsylvania. Eyewitness News Reporter Mark Hiller shows us what’s available that’s helping change lives.
If you asked Jessica Overwise of Mocanaqua four months ago she’d be operating a tugger, she’d tell you “I wasn’t expecting to actually learn how to drive this.” But since being hired in June at Chewy’s Fulfillment Center at Hanover Industrial Park, it’s now part of the 24-year-old woman’s job description. “Yeah, I love fast-paced warehouses,” she said.
Fast-paced can describe the hiring at this pet supply distribution warehouse since opening in 2017. With an existing workforce of nearly 1400, management is looking to add another 200 workers primarily to become fulfillment specialists. Chewy Vice President of Human Resources Gregg Walsh explained, “People that are going to be picking, packing, shipping or receiving our product for our customers.”
At a time of year when employers are typically hiring part-time help, these jobs are full time with what Chewy says offer good wages, benefits and upward mobility. “We have so many examples of people going into human resources roles, going into operations leadership roles, facility, safety, learning so there’s a great career opportunity,” said Mr. Walsh.
It’s all in a great big space. The 800,000 square foot facility is filled with dozens of aisles and workers. Some wear wrist rockers to read orders to fill, others operate forklifts and some focus on protective packaging. Speed and accuracy are of the essence to meet the needs of a growing customer base.
And it’s more than just one of the worker’s dogs named Gunner who is helped by the fulfillment center at Chewy. With more than 30,000 products, they can fill order for everything from dogs and cats, to reptiles and birds and even horses. It’s another reason why Jessica, who’s also a pet owner, enjoys working at the ecommerce company. “We care a lot about pets and quality of food, toys,” she said.
Chewy hopes to fill all 200 jobs within the next several weeks.