Frontier relocating Wilkes-Barre employees to Dallas
WILKES-BARRE, Aug 31, 2012 (The Citizens' Voice - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Frontier Communications is leaving downtown Wilkes-Barre. About 110 employees of Frontier Communications will relocate from their offices in downtown Wilkes-Barre to their current location off Route 309 in Dallas by the end of the year, said Paul Quick, vice president and general manager for Frontier in Pennsylvania.
Quick said the move is an effort to improve efficiency, instead of having employees drive back and forth between the two locations in Dallas and Wilkes-Barre.
"It will really give us a chance to have our employees in one place," Quick said.
Pat Amendola, spokeswoman for Frontier Communications who has traveled back and forth from Wilkes-Barre to Dallas, said, "It just makes sense to have the workforce under one roof."
The company leased space on the second through seventh floors of the Wilkes-Barre Center building on Public Square. The company will begin a renovating a former call center in Dallas for the move.
The company has been located downtown since the spring of 2000 when Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, acquired in 2007 by Citizens Communications Co. which operates the Frontier brand, moved from the Back Mountain and took advantage of tax breaks under the Keystone Opportunity Zone. Those benefits expired, but Quick said that was not a factor in the move.
"That was an absolute non-factor in our move," Quick said. "Our real focus was to get everyone on one campus."
Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton said Frontier Communications' decision to leave downtown Wilkes-Barre was a "private business decision and not driven by the economic-business climate downtown."
"We are disappointed to see Frontier Communications leave downtown Wilkes-Barre, which offers a unique opportunity to employers and employees with accessible parking and a variety of retail and restaurant options within walking distance," Leighton said.
"We are working closely with Frontier Communications and the property owner to identify sub-lessees to occupy their former offices and we are confident that we will fill the space and replace the jobs as soon as possible," he added. "Frontier has expressed interest in supporting the Wilkes-Barre community in other ways and I welcome their commitment to support this city that was a generous home to them for so many years."
For the complete story, read Saturday's edition of The Citizens' Voice.
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