With the average job at Eastern Software paying $60,0000, Pennsylvania officials saw the downtown Sharon company as a good investment.

That was one of the reasons Gov. Ed Rendell stopped at the software maker on Thursday to dole out a $265,000 financial package for the company.

“Today, we’re here to help a good company move to the next level,’’ Rendell said in Eastern Software’s office. “As we help revitalize the downtown, we are also providing the tools that will help train our workforce to better compete in a global market.’’

State funding will go toward job training and pay for a completed 5,000-square-foot addition to the office. The expansion has allowed Eastern Software to add 34 jobs, 20 of them in Sharon. Another 30 jobs are expected to be added over the next six months which would mean the company would employ about 150.

While the state can’t turn its back on manufacturing, Rendell told the audience of 30 local dignitaries that technology has been the job growth engine for the state.

“These jobs are paying as much as anything being created in manufacturing,’’ he said.

With an average starting salary of $45,000, the bulk of the new hires at Eastern Software are computer science majors, along with developers and programmers.

David Spies, Eastern Software’s senior vice president and chief software architect, said Pennsylvania’s money will go to good use.

“We’ll be using this to upgrade the skills of our software producers,’’ Spies said.

Servicing the nation’s top mortgage lenders, the company just completed an $18 million upgrade of its software.

“In technology, everything is always changing,’’ Spies said.

The company is mulling expanding its product mix to include consumer lending, such as auto loans, he added. If given the green light, that could swell its employment ranks even further.

Founded in 1984 by New Jersey native Joseph P. Delaney, he moved the company to Sharon a year later as a programmable calculator producer.

By 1988 the business moved into creating personal computer software and employed half a dozen. Two years later, the company changed its focus again by offering software to mid-size lenders.

Once again the company changed its focus in 1995 by developing software for giants in the mortgage-lending industry. The product, called Empower!, helps lenders originate and archive financial data and other information on their clients.

Empower! sales skyrocketed and launched the company into the top tier of software producers for major lenders.

Delaney sold Eastern Software in 2002 to Fidelity National Financial Inc., a publicly owned company based in Jacksonville, Fla. Delaney has remained with the company which operates as a division under Fidelity Information Systems.

Eastern Software’s products are used by 28 of the nation’s 100 lenders and 45 of the top 200.

With help from Penn-Northwest Development Corp., a breakdown of the state funding for Eastern Software is: a $75,000 grant, a $70,000 job training grant and $120,000 in job-creation tax credits.

“Eastern Software represents the new economy diversification that is needed in Mercer County and Penn-Northwest is happy to have been able to assist with their expansion project,’’ said Larry Reichard, Penn-Northwest’s executive director.

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