COMPANY: Mt.Pleasant Ice Cream
“The Bergen Business Resource Center offers numerous programs that are very inviting for employers like me who are looking to find recruitment source partners like the New Jersey Department of Labor.”
Anna Lisa Famania, Operations Manager
Mt. Pleasant Ice Cream
Established in 1929, Mt. Pleasant Ice Cream Company has been a wholesale distributor of ice cream and frozen desserts for over 80 years. During this time, many of their products—Ben & Jerry’s, Good Humor, Klondike, Popsicle, YoCream, and others—have become household names. The company aspires to grow the business through honest business practices and long-term relationships with customers, vendors, and employees.
When Mt. Pleasant decided to move its headquarters from Yonkers, New York, to East Rutherford in Bergen County, the company’s Operations Manager, Anna Lisa Famania, knew that she would need a savvy hiring team to help her navigate New Jersey’s public workforce system.
The Bergen County Business Resource Center (BRC) was ready to help. The BRC’s Business Representative performed an initial assessment of the company’s hiring needs and collaborated with Famania to coordinate three open-house recruitment events. The BRC provided posters to invite job seekers, promoted the event through the Bergen County Employment Network, and provided free space at the Bergen One-Stop Career Center to conduct interviews with job candidates. Mt. Pleasant selected the applicants who successfully interviewed and met their criteria.
Cost-effective, Smooth Process: In just three days, the company was able to interview sufficient candidates for the New Jersey headquarters—without spending a dime on advertising. “We had a successful turnout on all three days,” said Famania, “and the events were executed very smoothly.”
Labor Expertise: Besides giving job seekers access to an employer who was eager to hire qualified candidates, the BRC provided critical information to the employer about other programs available through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Ongoing Support: Consistent with its philosophy of sustaining long-term relationships with vendors, Mt. Pleasant Ice Cream Company intends to continue working with the BRC for the long term: “I look forward to working with the BRC on recruiting candidates for the majority of its future positions. I certainly would recommend the BRC to other employers looking to utilize their programs,” Famania commented.
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