Sheetz to pay its work­ers $16.8 mil­lion more

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD - By Joe Nap­sha

Con­ve­nience store chain Sheetz Inc. said Wed­nes­day it will spend $16.8 mil­lion to in­crease the pay of al­most all of its 17,300 em­ploy­ees at its 596 stores spread across Penn­syl­va­nia and five other states.

“This means that nearly all store em­ploy­ees at 279 lo­ca­tions in Penn­syl­va­nia will ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in wages or have al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease within the last year,” said Sheetz, which also has stores in Ohio, West Vir­ginia, Vir­ginia, Mary­land and North Carolina.

The in­crease of­fi­cially took ef­fect Sept. 13. The hourly in­crease ranges from 50 cents to $1.50, but that varies by po­si­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence, ten­ure and more, said Nick Ruffner, a Sheetz spokesman.

“The in­crease is part of Sheetz’s goal to of­fer com­pet­i­tive wages, en­abling them to at­tract and re­tain top ta­lent,” the fam­ily-owned Al­toona com­pany said.

Com­pany Pres­i­dent Travis Sheetz said the goal is to “pro­vide com­pet­i­tive wages and full-time hours to as many em­ploy­ees as pos­si­ble as well as pro­vid­ing quar­terly bonuses as a way for em­ploy­ees to share in our suc­cess.”

The com­pany of­fers health care cov­er­age, a 401(k) re­tire­ment plan and em­ployee stock own­er­ship.

Sheetz said it has al­most 1,500 open po­si­tions across Penn­syl­va­nia that re­main un­filled, and 3,000 open­ings through­out the com­pany. The va­can­cies come at a time when un­em­ploy­ment in Penn­syl­va­nia was 3.7% in Au­gust.

Sheetz said it made a $15 mil­lion in­vest­ment in em­ployee wages in 2016. That co­in­cided with a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort to shift more store em­ploy­ees from part-time to full-time work, Sheetz said.

APRIL GAMIZ/THE MORN­ING CALL

Hourly in­creases for Sheetz work­ers range from 50 cents to $1.50, but that varies by po­si­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence, ten­ure and more, ac­cord­ing to the fam­ily-owned Al­toona com­pany.

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