SCHUMER RALLIES WITH GENERAL REVENUE CORPORATION (GRC)/PIONEER EMPLOYEES AND CEO TO OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE 300 NEW CHEMUNG COUNTY JOBS; SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED NEW LAW THAT CREATED FED CONTRACT
GRC/Pioneer Wins Contract To Support IRS In Collecting Delinquent Taxes – Estimates Hiring Roughly 300 Workers
Schumer: New Jobs Are Heading to Chemung County
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today rallied with employees and company executives at the General Revenue Corporation (GRC)/Pioneer facility in Horseheads, New York to officially announce the company will create nearly 300 new, local jobs with the award of a new federal contract made possible by Schumer's push to include a provision in the federal transportation bill that passed Congress last December – the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The provision enabled the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to hire designated private collection agencies to support the collection of delinquent taxes that are not being collected now for lack of federal resources. The recovered funds will pay for the collections themselves and go into the Treasury's General Fund, which supports national priorities such as funding public infrastructure projects, the U.S. military, and other federal needs.
“The creation of nearly 400 good-paying, middle-class jobs across these three facilities is welcome news for families in the Southern Tier and Upstate New York. The new law and the resulting federal contract will help inject new life into the regional economy. The employees of GRC/Pioneer have earned this opportunity with their hard work and dedication. These new positions will surely cement GRC/Pioneer’s position in the Chemung County business community and allow the company to continue as a critical engine of economic development across New York State,” said Senator Schumer.
In addition, Schumer announced that, as a result of the company’s success, GRC/Pioneer will be hiring more than 90 people between their facilities in Arcade and Perry as well as the 300 to be located in Horseheads. In order to find local workers who qualify for these jobs, the company will be holding recruitment events and job fairs – open to the public – starting on November 2.
Pioneer Credit Recovery and General Revenue Corporation are subsidiaries of Navient, the nation’s leading loan management, servicing and asset recovery company. Pioneer has three facilities in Upstate New York – two located in Wyoming County in the Towns of Arcade and Perry, and one located in Chemung County in the Town of Horseheads. Pioneer estimates this contract will create 300 new jobs at its Horseheads facility. GRC will also be investing millions of dollars into a build out at its facility to accommodate this new work, which means an economic boost for local contractors and other area businesses.
Schumer said this is incredible news for the company and the local employees it will hire across Upstate New York. Schumer said the new IRS contract, in particular, helps solidify Pioneer’s presence in Upstate New York by diversifying its customer base and strengthening the company’s long-term bottom line. Moreover, the contract will provide advancement and promotion opportunities for current Pioneer employees.
Schumer was joined by Navient CEO Jack Remondi; Jeff Mersmann Vice President of Operations at Navient and President of Pioneer Credit Recovery; along with representatives from local contractors and GRC employees; Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli; Chemung County Director of Personnel and Labor Relations Mike Mucci; Chair of the Chemung County Legislature Donna Draxler; Chemung County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kamala Keeley; and Big Flats Mayor Ed Fairbrother.
“Senator Schumer is a friend to Navient, Pioneer and GRC and all our Western New York and Southern Tier employees and their families,” said Jack Remondi, president and CEO, Navient. “Senator Schumer has consistently sought to understand the work we do and personally visit our centers to see first-hand the difference we make. We are excited that, thanks to his leadership, Navient has the ability to grow and add good jobs in Western New York and the Southern Tier. We are grateful to have Senator Schumer fighting for us and the communities where we live, work and raise families.”