Sabre Industries, a company based out of Alvarado, TX, which specializes in manufacturing utility structures, communication towers and tower accessories, purchased Jet Industries of Ellwood City just a few weeks ago.
“This is a great opportunity for the community,” stated Peter Sandore, Sabre Industries president and chief executive officer.
The purchase of Jet Industries and its transformation into what will be called “Sabre Tubular Structures-PA” will bring many more jobs to the Ellwood City area. In fact, officials with the company are hoping to hire nearly 30 positions by the end of the year.
On Thursday, members of Sabre Industries met with Ellwood City borough officials and Lawrence and Beaver county representatives to discuss the Sabre’s recent acquisition of Jet Industries on Second Street, Ellwood City.
During this meeting, officials for Sabre said that they hope to double its workforce immediately and could double again in 12 months.
Sabre is looking for certified welders, fitters, material handlers and quality-control inspectors. And, although the company doesn’t have the capability of training its own workforce, it will seek to hire from local technical schools.
Don Williams, the former president of Jet Industries, will stay on board to run the facility for Sabre, alongside Executive Vice President Dean Barkman.
Officials noted that Sabre’s purchase of a western PA branch will give the Texas-based company an entry into the northeast market. The present location and a base of a preliminary workforce made Ellwood City a viable site for the company’s expansion plans.
If all goes as planned, Sabre Industries could have over 100 employees working at the Ellwood City factory within one calendar year, a definite improvement to the current local economy.