In the presence of the U.S. Army’s New England Recruiting Battalion, representatives of Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company signed a PaYS agreement Friday which pledges the transportation company’s commitment to hiring veterans as P&B expands its workforce.
Winthrop Sargent, chairman and CEO of Plymouth & Brockton, was joined by CPT Charlton P. Cornell, Commander, South Shore Recruiting Company (U.S. Army) and LTC Natasha Clarke, Battalion Commander, New England Recruiting Battalion. Additionally, Brian Concannon, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, addressed the crowd on the role that Plymouth & Brockton can play.
Clarke expressed the U.S. Army’s gratitude for Plymouth & Brockton’s partnership with them, saying “It is great to partner with one of the oldest bus companies in the United States. When we say ‘Go Army,’ we also say ‘Go, P&B.’”
Concannon congratulated the P&B owners on their progress over the last two years: “It is great that every veteran seeking employment will have an interview with Plymouth & Brockton.”
Sargent said, “We are honored to enter this arrangement with the U.S. Army. When I mention this program to people, their eyes open up, a smile comes across their face, and they all say what a great idea it is. We can’t think of a better way to say thanks than with this small measure of support to all our returning veterans and service people. We see this relationship as a match of service organizations, a great fit towards our workforce needs as we emerge from this pandemic.”
John Cogliano, president of Plymouth & Brockton, said, “We of course are always looking for drivers, but we also anticipate openings in IT and in operations and are looking forward to our work with the U.S. Army.”
Cogliano and Sargent were joined by fellow co-owner Paul Fuerst, who said, “Under the terms of this agreement, we will guarantee an interview to any veterans who apply to work here with us.”
Based in Plymouth, Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company has been serving the needs of the South Shore, Cape Cod and Eastern Massachusetts since the late 1800s. The company was purchased in 2019 by area businessmen Winthrop Sargent, John Cogliano,and Paul Fuerst.