July 23, 2007 12:43 PM
Coudersport, Penn., once the home of the now bankrupt and subsequently sold Adelphia Communications is getting a much needed infusion for the town’s labor force. Empereon Marketing, a Phoenix-based telecommunications firm, is rebuilding the existing call center for Adelphia, there, and will be hiring some 300 former Adelphia employees whose unemployment benefits dry up in early August.
Meanwhile two Adelphia executives, John and Tim Rigas, who treated the publicly traded company as their own piggybank, await sentencing for stealing millions of dollars from the MSO they created and eventually ruined.
Empereon Marketing, a stranger to me, is a well-known company in media circles. Some of its clients are Charter Communications, Cox Cable, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and several newspaper chains.
Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development will help support the new center, bringing back jobs to the now depressed bucolic town in the middle of nowhere.