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Women – and Men – Desperately Needed in Trades as Tech Shortage Looms

New Castle News May 2016

As the demand for technicians in the trades continue to rise, enrollment at trade schools is steadily declining. There are many vacancies in the trade field and these positions provide job security and comfortable compensation. Women can potentially help fill this gap. Tiffany Chilzer, Gillece’s only female technician expresses her love for her trade. Being in the electrical field for 11 years, Chilzer explains that customers respond well to her being a female technician once she demonstrates her knowledge and experience in her field.

New Castle News Online

Gillece Services Provides a Delmont Veteran with a New Furnace

TribLIVE December 2015

Partnering with the VFW, Gillece Services was able to provide a Delmont veteran with a new furnace free of charge. Ed Kraus served in the Army for 11 years and has been locked out of his job for four months, making it difficult to make ends meet. During that time, his furnace quit working and was leaking carbon monoxide into the home. With the new furnace provided and installed by Gillece Services, Krause and his family will stay nice and warm this winter.

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Gillece donates heating, cooling units to Penn Commercial

March 2015

On March 30, 2015 Gillece Services donated several heating and cooling units to Penn Commercial Business/Technical School. The generous donation was meant to assist HVAC students in furthering the in class experience with specific units. Tom Gillece Jr. was accompanied by Operations Manager Tom Eschenbaugh in delivering the donation to Penn Commercial. Present to receive the units at the school were HVAC Lead Instructor, Ron Stollar and Instructor Don McGary along with their students. We send a hearty thank you to Gillece Services for helping our school!

Observer Reporter

Korean War Veteran Receives Free Furnace through the VFW and Gillece

February 2015

Korean War veteran Jesse McDonald was hospitalized in January for COPD symptoms shortly after his furnace stopped working. Back at home, he used space heaters to keep warm until he got in touch with the Veterans of Foreign Wars office to apply for a free furnace. The Free Furnace Program provides furnaces to qualifying veterans in need through a partnership between the VFW in Pittsburgh and Gillece. McDonald was one of several veterans to receive a new furnace this winter.


Hire Those Who Serve  

HVACR Business November 2014

With a number of benefits for hiring veterans, Troops to Trades and Gillece Services are two companies that have established programs for veteran careers in the skilled trades. Troops to Trades is a national program that encourages military veterans to pursue trades careers. Through a partnership with Gillece Services, veterans can receive training, paid apprenticeships and ultimately a job with Gillece once training is complete.

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Gift of Warmth: Veteran from Brookline gets Free Furnace

WPXI November 2014

Thanks to a partnership between the VFW and Gillece Services, a local Army veteran received a new furnace for free on Veterans Day. Gillece HVAC Technicians completed the furnace installation for Joe Dicianno who recently moved into a new home with a furnace more than twenty years old. Through Gillece Services’ Free Furnace Program, qualifying veterans can apply through the regional VFW to receive a furnace.

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Bridgeville Company to Help in Jobs Programs for Veterans

TribLIVE August 2014

In a partnership with Nexstar Legacy Foundation’s Troops to Trades Initiative, Gillece will serve as the regional training facility for the veteran program. Troops to Trades connects veterans with jobs in the trades industry, providing monetary grants and education opportunities. Gillece has reached out to the military community to find skilled workers for trades positions that continue to grow.

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Gillece Services Offers Veterans Hands-on Training

Contractor Magazine April 2014

The Gillece Veterans Training Program was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as an authorized plumbing training school for veterans. Veteran students can receive assistance under the GI Bill in addition to paid training at Gillece. In conjunction with the Associated Master Plumbers of Allegheny County, students complete 8,000 hours of training with an apprenticeship under a Master Plumber. Veterans attend school while receiving hands-on experience in a 7,600 square foot training facility at Gillece Services’ corporate office.

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Gillece Receives State Approval for Veteran Training Program

Pittsburgh Business Times February 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Military Division, approved the Gillece Veterans Training Program as an authorized plumbing training school for veterans. Partnered with the Associated Master Plumbers of Allegheny County, the training program enables veterans to apply for assistance under the GI Bill, attend plumbing school and receive paid training through Gillece. Through 8,000 hours of training, students can become journeyman plumbers and receive a job offer from Gillece.

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Low Temps Bring High Call Volume for Gillece

Pittsburgh Business Times January 2014

Subfreezing temperatures across the Pittsburgh region brought a high call volume to Gillece and increased work for technicians. Many calls came in from customers experiencing problems with frozen pipes. Technician Adam Carson was sent on a call to address a frozen water line and expected the calls to continue for a few days during the cold snap.

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Successful Business Owner Likes ‘Giving Back’ to Community

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette October 2013

Amidst the growth of his company, Tom Gillece established the Gillece Free Furnace Program in a partnership with LifeSpan, an organization that provides services for people 60 and older in need. The Free Furnace Program helps those in need receive a new furnace to make their homes safe and livable. In an additional partnership with the Disabled American Veterans, needy veterans can also apply through the DAV to receive a free furnace from Gillece.

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Gillece Installs Free Furnace for Vietnam Veteran on Christmas Eve

WPXI December 2013

Through Gillece Services’ Free Furnace Program and the Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam veteran Alfonso Roberts Jr. received a brand new furnace on Christmas Eve. The furnace provided and installed by Gillece Technicians replaced an inoperative furnace dating back to 1956. The Roberts family planned to celebrate their gift of warmth just in time for Christmas.