SHAMOKIN - Sundance Vacations celebrated the grand reopening of its newly remodeled marketing office at Mill Road Square with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.

John Dowd, president of the discount travel accommodation firm, officiated. He was joined by Tina Dowd, company co-founder; Mayor George Rozinskie; Dave Kopitsky, chairman of the city redevelopment authority; Harold Hurst, representing state Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107) and several Sundance employees.

Sundance has had a presence in the Shamokin area for more than 15 years. The remodeled and reconfigured office is home for nearly 60 Sundance Vacations Event Marketing employees, John Dowd said.

"We have made significant upgrades to all of our marketing offices in an effort to build the best state-of-the-art workplace for our employees," he said in a press release issued as part of the ceremony. "Our objective is to provide an atmosphere where our employees enjoy coming to work and stay with us for a long time."

Joe Molitoris, vice president of marketing, said the renovation took place while the office continued to function, which meant construction took a little longer than expected.

"I have to thank our marketing staff for their patience and flexibility," he said. "Now that it's done and we are up and running, everyone is very happy, and happy employees are productive employees."

Over the past few months, Sundance Vacations has celebrated grand openings for new sales offices in Monroeville, and Washington, D.C., as well as the complete remodel of a sales office in King of Prussia.

Sundance Vacations has plans to continue growing and expanding, and ultimately, the intent is to create more jobs the Shamokin area and beyond, John Dowd said.

The company employs approximately 400 people in three states and the District of Columbia. The company is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre.

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