If you can successfully pass a drug screen and have either a high school diploma or a GED, you should be able to find a job in Warren County, according to County Executive John Pelham.
Those are the requirements for new hires at Metal Products Company in Morrison.
Many jobs are available in the county, according to Pelham and members of the county’s Economic and Agricultural Development committee. Pelham and committee members Les Trotman and Ron Lee toured MPC and other businesses in the Mt. View Industrial Park in Morrison on Monday.
“Every place we stopped in the industrial park today was either in the process of hiring, have been hiring, or are looking to hire,” said Trotman. “The jobs are out there. This committee has been asked a lot of times, ‘Where are the jobs?’ Well, guys, they are there. We even stopped at Bankpak and they had just recently hired another person. They are up over 24 or 25 people now. They had the fire but they are still here and they are still growing. Every place we went, it was good news. Yorozu is still hiring. The jobs are there. People can go and apply for them tomorrow.”
Yorozu, for example, added about 550 employees in 2013, one of the many local companies that experienced strong growth. The group visited MPC and plant manager Chris Dunn took them on a tour, showed them what was going on, and talked about future plans for the business.
Dunn, who relocated to Warren County from Franklin, said, “We are a growing organization. We currently employ about 68 people. We have some capital equipment inbound. It should be here about the third quarter of this year. Additional work is coming as well as two new presses for the third quarter of this year.”
Dunn said an additional 10 to 12 people will be hired to run the presses in the fall. The company has seven presses running now.
Trotman said, “For those who are unaware, MPC has already doubled their space out in the industrial park from their initial building. They had discussed having 120 jobs within three years. It is just good news all the way around.”
Dunn said, “We are also leasing 105,000 square feet in the Carrier building for a distribution center. We have seven individuals over there.”
MPC is looking at another expansion in the future to add an office complex. That will bring even more jobs for support staff. Some office personnel are temporarily located inside a job site trailer outside the main building.
“In the last 30 days, we have hired two engineers. We’ll put those guys in there. We will have room for one more. Last week we did hire an HR professional. She is in the last office inside the building,” said Dunn.
Commissioner Ron Lee pointed out MPC has nearly five acres under roof.
Dunn said potential employees must pass a drug test and possess either a high school diploma or a GED.
“Do you hire felons?” Pelham asked.
Dunn said, “That would be case by case. We have some pretty good corporate policies of what is acceptable, time between offense, etc. Everybody deserves a second chance at some point. We don’t preclude anybody right off the bat.”