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UPDATE: Monogram to add 100 jobs
Job fair, plant tours Saturday

Friday, June 14, 2013

Monogram Food Solutions, LLC, today announced that it has secured significant new business for its Martinsville Meat Snacks Plant that will result in the creation of 100 new jobs.

The company plans to staff the positions over the course of the next six weeks with the goal of being fully crewed and at planned throughput levels by the end of July 2013.

Monogram will be holding a job fair/open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martinsville facility to facilitate filling the newly created positions as quickly as possible.

The job fair, at 200 Knauss Drive, Martinsville, will give interested applicants a chance to tour the facility, meet and talk with plant management and staffing personnel and submit applications for consideration.

The available jobs encompass all skill levels (un-skilled, semi-skilled and skilled) and are available on both first and second shifts. Hiring will be coordinated through “The Work Connection,” which will have representatives at the job fair. In advance of the job fair “The Work Connection” representatives can be reached at 632-9602.

Monogram acquired the Martinsville Manufacturing facility in September 2009. Since then Monogram has invested over $8 million into expansions and renovations to accommodate growth and upgrade the plant to a “best-in-class” food safety facility.

An additional $1.2 million in capital improvements is scheduled to be spent in 2013.

Since taking ownership in 2009, Monogram has grown the facility from 135 team members to over 425 team members, with the most recent 100 new positions bringing the total employee count to more than 500 positions.

“We are proud of what we have achieved in Martinsville and recognize that without the dedicated, hard-working employees we have in Martinsville that none of this would have been possible,” said Karl Schledwitz, Monogram’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Because of the excellent work ethic of the people in the Martinsville area we plan to continue to invest in this facility and provide additional job growth and opportunity.”

Products made at the Martinsville plant include meat sticks, beef and chicken jerky, pickled sausage and egg products and kippered beef snacks.

Below is the earlier story from Friday's Martinsville Bulletin:

An economic development announcement will be held at 9 a.m. today at Monogram Food Solutions, according to a release from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.

George Roden, vice president of finance for Monogram, said the announcement and an open house at the Monogram plant on Saturday are “somewhat related.” He declined to elaborate.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, according to an advertisement in the Martinsville Bulletin.

The Work Connection will help the company with that event, and it will be accepting applications from people interested in working at Monogram, according to the advertisement and Nancy Kennett, area manager for the Work Connection.

Monogram is starting a new line “where they are growing again, and I know there are quite a few openings,” Kennett said.

The open house is “the first time they have ever opened their the plant to the public. It’s their third growth spurt in the last three years, and they just want to let” the public see the plant, tour it and learn about Monogram, she said.

Kennett referred additional comments to Donna Martin, human resources manager for the company. She could not be reached for comment.

Both the announcement and the open house will take place at 200 Knauss Drive, in the Patriot Center industrial park.

Henry County Administrator Tim Hall said the announcement today “is a positive event for both Monogram and the community, and I am looking forward to being there.” He also would not elaborate.

There also will be tours, door prizes and food, the advertisement stated.

Closed toe shoes and long pants are required and no sleeveless tops are allowed at the Saturday event.

Those who plan to tour the facility must be 18 or older, and photo identification is required, the advertisement stated.

In September, Monogram had a total of 1,200 employees at its four facilities, and the number of local employees had increased to 410 from 135 when Monogram took over the facility in 2009 from Knauss Snack Foods.

Martinsville employees work two shifts, with sanitation employees working a third, to produce about 500,000 pounds of wet jerky each week, according to previous reports.

Monogram manufactures licensed, co-packed and company-owned brands of meat snacks, and it is a major player in the U.S. meat industry, according to online information.

 

 
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