UGI Utilities to add more than 100 jobs to full-time workforce

New employees will be spread across company's service territory

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Published: Sep 19 2013 11:54:06 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 19 2013 09:32:23 PM EDT

UGI Utilities Inc. is boosting its full-time workforce by creating more than 100 new jobs, company officials announced Thursday.

The highly-skilled field construction positions will be spread across UGI's service territory, which includes 45 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland.

The new employees will support the Reading-based company's multi-year, $1.2 billion plan to improve its infrastructure, said Robert F. Beard, UGI Utilities president and CEO.

"UGI has committed to the accelerated replacement of all of its cast iron and bare steel mains," Beard said. "While we will add new positions across the UGI service territory, we will begin adding new jobs in communities located within the UGI-Gas Division service area, which has the largest anticipated increase in construction activity."

UGI's gas division serves a number of communities, including Reading, Allentown and Bethlehem.

The new employees will undergo extensive training to meet not only company requirements, but those of regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Beard said.

"The recruitment process has already begun," Beard said. "UGI's human resources and operations departments are working with trade and technical schools within our service territory, and also are participating in excellent programs like Helmets to Hardhats to identify and recruit good candidates for UGI’s field staff."

In addition to the new field hires, UGI said it also plans to add supervisory, management and training positions to its workforce, which currently stands at 1,400 employees.