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1. Construction, hiring to begin soon
On Tuesday, company leaders hosted a project preview and open house at their new property on Titus Road. The site is now a vacant 350,000-square-foot warehouse near the PrimeOhio Industrial Park that previously housed the former Thirty-One Gifts plant.
Company officials said they expect the plant to be up and running by Jan. 1 but hope it’s ready sooner. The company is working with OhioMeansJobs and the Chamber of Greater Springfield to find skilled workers for the new plant. Construction efforts are anticipated to start as early as next week.
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2. Wide variety of jobs available
Jobs available at the plant will include CNC machinists and operators, crystal growing technicians, engineers, and administrative and support staff.
To fill those positions, Silfex plans to host career fairs, recruit local workers with experience in manufacturing and partner with entities like Clark State Community College and Wright State University to attract skilled employees. It also plans to host a job fair in Springfield in April.
3. Springfield chosen for its workforce
The city wasn’t initially near the top of the company’s list of finalists, said Mike McDorman, president and CEO of the Chamber of Greater Springfield. But local leaders provided research that showed the region’s workforce was awash in skilled workers with experience in manufacturing in a variety of other industries.
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Springfield has a long history in manufacturing, said Tom Franzen, assistant city manager and director of economic development. But the kind of products Silfex produces are different from the city’s traditional manufacturing base that includes automotive and other industries more prone to boom and bust.
“It’s an additional reason why we’re optimistic about the impact this is going to have on our economy going forward,” Franzen said.