Big manufacturer coming to Springfield wants to hire workers

A new Springfield manufacturing firm has started the process to hire 15 to 20 workers as construction continues on its new plant in the Champion City Business Park.

Topre, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, will hire 15 to 20 maintenance and assembly workers who are expected to be in place by the end of next month, according to information from OhioMeansJobs Clark County.

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Topre America announced plans earlier this year to invest $55 million and eventually create at least 85 jobs, with the expectation more workers could be added over the next several years. The new manufacturing site had once been home to a former International Harvester/Navistar factory for generations.

The company is working with OhioMeansJobs Clark County and will host informational sessions as the first step in the hiring process. The one-hour sessions will include information on Topre’s history, as well as job descriptions and information about benefits.

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The company is looking to fill a variety of positions, including jobs on the assembly line, facility maintenance, control/weld technicians and human resources.

To register, applicants are asked to call OhioMeansJobs Clark County at 937-327-1961. Applicants are also required to bring a copy of their resume to the informational session.

Residents who need help preparing a resume can also schedule an appointment with OhioMeansJobs staff by calling the same number. The jobs center is located at 1345 Lagonda Ave. in Springfield in Building A, and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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Residents who may need special accommodations are also asked to call Dillon Charnet, OhioMeansJobs business services supervisor, at 937-327-1751.

Topre specializes in stamping and producing high-strength steel products, which are increasingly in demand as the auto industry shifts toward strong, lightweight materials that can withstand crashes but are also light enough to improve fuel efficiency.

The manufacturer will open the doors to its new 146,000-square-foot facility at the end of the summer, and begin shipping parts this fall. The company has estimated the annual payroll for the new Springfield jobs will be about $3.45 million.

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