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Poconos staffing agency expands into Carbon County

Express Employment Professionals has opened an office in the Grant Professional Plaza in Lehighton. (Photo submited) –

A Monroe County employment firm has opened a second office in Carbon County to meet a growing demand for its services there.

Express Employment Professionals, which has been operating in East Stroudsburg for 17 years, opened an office in Lehighton this week to help better recruit for companies in that region.

“We had many local businesses in Carbon County that were struggling to find staff,” said Terry Lukas, owner of the firm. “There are many industrial businesses and even small offices that were struggling to find the right administrative professionals.”

Lukas said with low unemployment, the recruiting industry is facing a “nationwide crunch” and employment professionals need to work extra hard to find the right staff for clients.

Part of that effort is being closer to where potential employees live.

“We were having a tough time getting people to come into the East Stroudsburg office, which is understandable. It’s a long drive,” Lukas said.

The new office, in the Grant Professional Plaza at 613 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, is about a 10-minute drive for many of her clients, making it more convenient to potential employees.

The office will initially have a staff of three to recruit and conduct interviews with job seekers.

The office also plans to hold a grand opening on Aug. 15 to introduce itself to the local business community.

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