MOUNT ZION — The addition of a fabrication line to handle products related to a contract to produce glass for solar panels will boost employment at the Fuyao Glass Illinois plant near Mount Zion by 40 employees.
Rick Price, human resources manager, said a recruiting event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8, to provide information about the available jobs. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Workforce Investment Solutions, 757 W. Pershing Road.
Fuyao is recruiting workers to fill general utility/forklift positions (entry level), operators (step up from general utility), process supervisors, quality technicians, mechanical maintenance, and electrical technicians.
Price said the lowest starting wage is $14.71 an hour. Sessions will be conducted every 45 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. and will include information about the company, positions, pay, benefits, hours and more.
Price said the local plant is already making the glass associated with the solar company account, but had been sending it to other Fuyao facilities to do fabrication work.
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“We’re going to keep some of (the fabrication work) it in house,” he said.
Price said training for the new positions will begin at the end of the month.
The Fuyao Glass Group purchased the former PPG Industries plant near Mount Zion in 2014 and invested $200 million toward improvements that included upgrades to both production lines. Price said the plant, which is a leading supplier of glass for North America’s auto industry, currently employs 286 workers.
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