Environmental clean-up firm looks to grow in area

SALEM – Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling on South Broadway Avenue is looking for workers, with applications available in a box outside or by calling the headquarters at 814-425-7773.

“We’re gearing up for another growth spurt,” ECS&R CEO Patrick Spang said.

Spang, company president Buck Baldwin and company vice president Jim Cessna hosted a tour Thursday afternoon at the Salem site located just south of Aetna Street, inviting city officials and others Mayor John Berlin asked to come along to see what they do.

“We’re a full-service environmental company,” Spang said.

According to the website at www.ecsr.net, some of those services include: 24-hour emergency response for cleaning up both hazardous and non-hazardous materials; field services which can include industrial cleaning, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste and non-hazardous industrial waste, site cleanups and plant cleanups; services for the oil and gas industry; health & safety services; regulatory consulting services; and electronic and industrial recycling.

There’s a sign outside the fenced area at the Salem location advertising the need for applicants, along with a box containing applications.

“We just need to get more people in here and moving,” Baldwin said.

When asked about qualifications needed, Cessna said they’re looking for people interested in working. The two main positions they’re filling are field technicians and Class B CDL drivers. Training will be provided. Applicants should have a clean driving record and will be expected to complete a pre-employment drug screening.

Cessna said they promote a lot from within and offer lots of opportunities to work, along with competitive wages and an excellent benefits package.

Mayor John Berlin said he was excited about the upcoming jobs. He said the city was happy to have the company as part of the community.

Spang described the Salem operation as a hub that’s been around for two years and employs a dozen people, including two sales reps. Local industrial firms use the company’s services, such as American Standard, and some insurance companies do too, along with the oil and gas industry in the area. ECS&R has five locations, with Cochranton, Pa. serving as the headquarters. Other locations besides Salem include Erie, Pa., Evans City, Pa. and Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. The company is a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection permitted and bonded facility for electronic recycling and has been in business for 25 years.

“We’re here and we’re a good neighbor to the community,” Spang said.

The tour was the result of questions raised by Councilman Clyde Brown, who said he had a complaint from a resident who wanted to know what was going on at the facility. Berlin said he talked to a company representative who offered to hold a tour so people could see and understand what they do.

According to Berlin, someone from the public contacted the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency about the facility last year and everything was found up to standards. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources was also involved. The company is meeting state requirements.

“Everything is fine here. Everything is in accordance with what it’s supposed to be,” Brown said.

Other city officials in attendance included Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst, Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart, Assistant Utilities Superintendent Matt Hoopes and Planning & Zoning Officer Patrick Morrissey. Larry Kosiba, executive director of the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center, and four city firefighters also attended. Brown also brought with him the resident who raised questions.

In explaining what the company does, Cessna used an overturned truck as an example of a scene where workers could respond to help clean up whatever the truck was hauling, whether it’s soy beans or some type of hazardous material. They could respond to an industrial site to clean up and haul out waste material. In many cases, he said the waste is transported directly to a disposal site, noting the company works with landfills in both Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“We have to track every drop of waste we handle,” Spang said. “If there’s a discrepancy, we have to answer for it.”

For the oil and gas industry, the company washes drilling rigs and works with people doing boring under ground. Currently, the Salem site doesn’t handle household hazardous waste or serve as an electronics recycling collection point, but Cessna said they want to be and they’re exploring the idea of participating in drop-off events or even having drop-off days at the facility.

Both he and Baldwin indicated they’re here to help the neighbors and the community, not hurt them. Baldwin said they help facilitate and clean up spills -they don’t cause them.

“We’re trying to provide environmental awareness and education,” Cessna said.

The estimated 5,000-square-foot building is located in an M-2 Heavy Industrial zone.