In what is good news for area job seekers, Michelin North America is looking to fill a number of positions at its Ardmore tire plant.
The company accepted job applications Wednesday afternoon for entry-level production operators for rotating shift work at the plant. A second application session has been scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ardmore Convention Center.
The starting base pay rate is $15 per hour, and the company gives workers an opportunity to move into higher paying jobs as openings occur.
Plant manager David Brenner said the Ardmore manufacturing facility has hired approximately 160 full-time employees since August, and additional hiring is planned to continue this month. The open positions are largely the result of normal attrition and retirements that have occurred during the past 11 months, Brenner said.
In addition to hiring these full-time employees, Michelin also employs contractors for specific production needs and various capital-improvement projects. One of those contractors, The Holland Group, has advertised for workers, as well.
“The plant expects to return to a regular production schedule by the end of the year, as we continue to see signs of recovery in the tire industry,” Brenner said. “Michelin has been pleased to find qualified and quality applicants for these positions, a testament to the ready and skilled workforce that we have always found to be a key asset of this community.”
Another local employer, Dollar General Corp., is hiring general warehouse workers for its distribution center.
The company has a career fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 401 General Drive at the Ardmore Airpark.
Carter County registered an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in October.