Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Cawley Sees Potential for Jobs in Lehigh from Sale of State Store System

Jun 21, 2013, 11:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Lieutenant Governor

ALLENTOWN, Pa., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lt. Governor Jim Cawley today toured Harbortouch near Allentown and said that the company, which sells point of sale (POS) systems to retailers, would benefit from Gov. Tom Corbett's plan to get Pennsylvania out of the liquor business.

Currently, all of the 600 state-run wine and spirits shops process their retail sales using a POS system from a company based in Georgia.  However, if we allow privately-run stores to take over sales, it would create opportunities for Pennsylvania companies like Harbortouch.

"Harbortouch currently sells their products to mom-and-pop type shops in other states like New Jersey.  This is our vision for Pennsylvania and it will allow Harbortouch and other companies like it to expand, grow and create jobs," Cawley said.

Harbortouch is a leading national supplier of touch-screen POS systems, credit card processing equipment and a full range of merchant services.  They currently employ 196 people at their headquarters in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

The company makes a system especially for wine and spirits shops, which includes an ID verification module, as would be required under Gov. Corbett's proposal.

"Gov. Corbett and I want to end the state monopoly and unleash the potential of the private sector to create jobs.  I see that potential right here in the Lehigh Valley," Cawley said.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Lieutenant Governor