Governor Wolf Announces 205 New Jobs for Veteran and Military Families Through Business Expansion in Erie County
December 14, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Disabled Veteran Solutions (DVS), a veteran-owned provider of call center services that focuses on hiring veterans and military families, will expand operations at a new site in the city of Erie, a move that will create 205 new Pennsylvania jobs.
“In Pennsylvania, every company expansion is important – but even more so when the company is dedicated to helping our veterans and their families get reliable jobs,” Governor Wolf said. “This expansion is great news for the Erie-area veteran community, and I applaud Disabled Veteran Solutions for choosing to grow right here in Pennsylvania.”
DVS plans to move operations from nearby Millcreek Township into a 6,000-square-foot facility in the city of Erie. The project includes investment in technological infrastructure, furniture, and employee development. DVS plans to invest approximately $835,000 into the project, which will create 205 new jobs and retain 25 more over the next three years, primarily for veterans and military families.
“While employment is open to all, we strive to hire as many veterans and military family members as possible – not only to thank them for their service and to ease transition to the civilian community, but also because of the attitude and drive of these individuals,” said Joseph DiFuccia, president and CEO of DVS. “Working with the Governor’s Action Team has allowed this dream to become a reality.” DiFuccia also noted that according to Department of Defense statistics since 2003, approximately 250,000 military men and women leave the service annually and more than five million veterans have been honorably discharged.
DVS received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for $205,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $81,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
“It’s always great to see employers who recognize our nation’s veterans and their families for their service to our nation by giving them opportunities as they transition from their military career to the civilian world,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We have many disciplined and highly skilled individuals who can greatly contribute to a company’s mission when given the chance.”
Disabled Veteran Solutions is a nationally recognized provider of business process outsourcing and customer relationship management services, specializing in full service multi-channel contact center solutions including Live Agent, Interactive Voice Response, and Professional Employment Services, as well as consulting. The company offers services to all organizations, but especially to those interested in achieving supplier diversity credits for state and federal contracting opportunities and those wishing to support veterans.
The DVS project is one of several that will be highlighted at an event tomorrow that will focus on the impactful investments of the Wolf Administration in the city of Erie. Tomorrow, DCED Secretary Dennis Davin and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards will be joined by local business and government leaders to announce additional new investments in the city. The press event will take place at 11:00 AM at the Erie Insurance Auditorium at 100 Erie Insurance Place.
Since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, the administration has invested $44.1 million in the city of Erie.