Chamber Launches Veteran Job Vault

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L. to r.: Bob Reilly, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Scott Perry; Kevin Gulden, Plant Manager, Utz Quality Foods; Phillip Palandro, Director, York County Veteran Affairs; Gary Laird, President, Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce

The Hanover Chamber of Commerce unveiled the new Veteran Job Vault with a launch event on Fri., May 15.  Local legislators, manufacturers, and veteran affairs organizations were in attendance to show their support of the new program.

“This program addresses something we see all the time,” said Bob Reilly, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Scott Perry.  “When we meet with employers, the number one thing we hear is that they have great, well-paid positions available and cannot find the adequate skills to fill them.  This program will connect veterans with the right skills and attitudes to those positions.”

Phillip Palandro, Director of York County Veterans Affairs, echoed the sentiments saying, “This program stands to bridge the gaps between veterans returning to civilian life and local businesses seeking dependable, hard-working and talented individuals.”

With 40,000 veterans in York County alone, Pennsylvania has the fourth largest population of veterans in the U.S.

Speaking on behalf of local manufacturing, Kevin Gulden, a 21-year Air Force Veteran and Plant Manager at Utz Quality Foods, spoke of the tremendous success that he has had in hiring veterans over the years.  He cited personal characteristics that play a key role in creating this success, rather than skill sets alone.

“Veterans provide teamwork, attention to detail, communication skills and leadership,” said Gulden.    “They are agile learners with the ability to think critically and solve problems; all of these qualities gained while serving in real world situations.”

Gulden looks forward to the possibilities that the new veteran job vault can offer.  “This vault will be the connection and provide a win-win scenario that will benefit all involved.”

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Local legislators, manufacturers and veteran affairs organizations gather to support the launch of the new Veteran Job Vault.

The Veteran’s Job Vault can be accessed at hanoverchamber.com/programs/veterans, and is intended for veterans living in the greater Hanover area that possess skills or training applicable to a career in manufacturing.  Veterans can complete the application online, and their name and skills will be added to the vault. Compiled applicant information will be sent to local employers seeking specific skills in the area of manufacturing.

For more information, please contact the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce at 717-637-6130 or office@hanoverchamber.com.  To download an information sheet, please click here.

If you are a business or organization and would like to receive applicant information from the veteran job vault, please email nneal@hanoverchamber.com.