Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh has filled several hundred temporary positions, and is hoping to hire between 900 to 1,000 total temporary workers as the company prepares for the onset of the holidays and the busy television manufacturing season.
However, the company has no immediate plans to hire any full-time workers to augment the existing 2,700-person work force, Sony spokesman Michael L. Koff said Thursday.
“Right now, we’re moving to the peak season. But we do not anticipate hiring any full-time people right now,” Koff said.
Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh spans about 650 acres in East Huntingdon and Hempfield townships. The site is home to four business units: Sony Electronics, American Video Glass, Sony Chemicals Corp., and Sony Logistics America.
“Right now, we’re trying to get people in there. With all of the layoffs, we expect a lot of demand. It’s just a matter of finding the right people to stay for the entire season,” said Chris Weiss, director of business operations for Onsite Cos. Inc., the Hanover, Md.-based staffing firm charged with filling the temporary jobs.
Weiss said the company is in the process of hiring 200 to 300 part-time, seasonal employees for the peak holiday season. He said there is a demand for assembly line and warehouse workers. “We’ve been hiring for the past several months, and we expect to hire 900 to 1,000 workers,” he said.
Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh is Sony Corp.’s North American production center for wide-screen, digital rear-projection televisions, along with Wega flat-display models.
PennDOT District 12 announces the following tentative work plan for the week of Sept. 29 — all activities are conducted on a weather-permitting basis. Motorists must drive with caution throughout all work areas and be alert for signed work zone requiring the usage of headlights:
= The Bridge Team will perform bridge expansion joint repairs on Route 40, Yough Bridge, and on Route 2027, Connellsville Street.
= The Sign Team will perform sign updates on Route 1058.
= Team Main Shed will repair blow ups on various state routes in this section.
= Team Cloverleaf will crack seal on Route 51, Pittsburgh Road.
= Team Limestone Hill will perform base repairs on Route 1031, Narrows Road.
= Team Big Six will remove excess material from shoulders to improve drainage on routes 43 and 3015.
= Team Searights will place Gabion baskets due to mudslides on Route 40, Jackson Farms.
= Team Summit and Team Mill Run will perform base repairs on Route 2001, Jumonville Road.
To report any road maintenance concerns, call 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623). Visit the Web site at www.penndot12.com.
State Sen. Richard A. Kasunic has announced more than $250,000 in “Growing Greener” grants for Fayette County.
The grant recipients and the amounts of the awards are:
= Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, $11,000, for the Glade Run alkaline sand addition.
= Connellsville Area School District, $17,229, for Project Care 2 — A Work In Progress.
= Fayette County Conservation District, $90,000, for the Fayette County non-point source protection and rotational grazing program.
= Mountain Watershed Association, $152,171, for the Mill Run Stream Reach Number 15 restoration.
The Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Grant Program, known as “Growing Greener,” is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Kasunic also announced that DEP will put the Redstone Township mine reclamation project out for bid. The project will reclaim 60 acres of abandoned mine lands and eliminate 8,000 linear feet of dangerous highway.
Vernon E. Ohler, foreman of the Connellsville Streets and Public Improvements Department, has announced that leaf compost from the city’s leaf collection program will be available for pickup starting Sept. 29. Pickup sites will again be the Connellsville sewage plant and the Connellsville Street Department.
Liability forms must be obtained and signed prior to pickup. Anyone without a liability form will not be loaded. Forms may be picked up at city hall for the sewage plant or at the garage.
For questions or to set up a loading time, call 724-628-2020 ext. 301.
The North Fayette Area Vocational-Technical School will host a car and motorcycle show from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 27. There are dash plaques for the first 100 cars and motorcycles registered.
Trophies will be awarded to the top three in two motorcycle categories as well as four car categories. There will also be a best of show and people’s choice. Student projects will be on display in the lobby area to promote vocational education. There will be food, music, and a 50/50 drawing.
Area businesses donated items to be used as door prizes that will be given away every 1/2 hour. For more information on the car show, call 724-626-0236.
The Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society will sponsor the Fifth Annual East Coast Bigfoot Conference Expo at the Pitzer’s Townhouse Restaurant, 101 S. Fifth St., Jeannette, on Saturday. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. First speaker will be at noon. The event will conclude at 6 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 724-527-5262. There will be Bigfoot investigators on hand answering questions and displaying photographs, footprint track casts and other collected evidence. There will be a Bigfoot Paraphernalia Auction to help raise funds for the event.
On Oct. 1, Domestic Violence Services of Fayette County will hold a candlelight vigil promptly at 6 p.m., followed by a march against violence at 6:30 p.m. and a reception at the Domestic Violence service office at 6:45 p.m. Also, Oct. 1 is wear purple day or “Purple Ribbon Day.”
If you or anyone you know is in a violent relationship and need help, call Domestic Violence Services hotline at 724-439-9500. For information on services, call Gloria Mickens at 724-437-2530. The organization is collecting used cell phones, call 724-437-2530.