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George Roden, vice president of operations for Monogram Food Solutions, announces Friday that the company is expanding its production at the Patriot Center plant and hiring 100 people.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

More than 200 people attended a job fair/open house at Monogram Snacks on Saturday, the day after the company announced it is creating 100 jobs in Henry County.

Nancy Kennett, area manager of the Work Connection, said about 150 people dropped off résumés or completed preapplications for the new jobs.

“We were very pleased” with the numbers, she said.

Company officials were “very impressed” with the skill level of the applicants, Kennett said, adding that the next step will be to contact the most qualified individuals and proceed with the hiring process.

Monogram Food Solutions LLC announced Friday that it will add 100 employees at its Martinsville Meat Snacks Plant by the end of July.

Donna Martin, director of human resources, said all positions are full-time. The base pay is $8.50 to $18 per hour, depending on the position, she said.

The company also offers a full package of benefits that include nine paid holidays; a 401k match; health, medical and vision insurance; free short/long term disability and life insurance; paid vacations; attendance, retention and referral bonuses; and others.

George Roden, vice president of operations finance for Monogram in Martinsville, said positions are available in quality, production and maintenance, and employees of all skills levels are needed, including nonskilled, semi-skilled and skilled, he said.

Positions are available on the first and second shifts, Roden said.

The new positions are needed because “we have secured a significant new business” for the Martinsville facility, he said, adding that he was unable to identify the company just yet.

“We have a handshake agreement” with the company, and both Monogram and its new customer have ordered equipment for the venture, Roden said. The identity of the new company likely can be made public within the next two weeks.

The customer is “a jerky company, but I didn’t say beef jerky. ... It’s a niche company (that is experiencing) a strong growth curve,” Roden said.

New employees are expected to be hired in the next few weeks, and “everybody should be on board” by July, Roden said. By August, production is expected to be running, he added.

“We are on a tight timeline. By August,” the new company needs to meet its new customer’s orders, he added.

Monogram now has 425 employees in Martinsville, Roden said. When the additional positions are filled, its workforce will be more than 500.

“This is something we are very happy about as a company,” he said.

Since beginning operations in Henry County in 2009 with 135 employees, Roden said the company has invested more than $8 million to expand and renovate, both to accommodate growth and upgrade the facility to a “best in class” food safety facility.

Monogram expects to spend an additional $1.2 million for capital improvements this year, he added.

“We are proud of what we have achieved in Martinsville and recognize that without the dedicated, hardworking employees we have in Martinsville that none of this would have been possible,” Monogram’s chairman and CEO Karl Schledeitz said in a news release.

“The key to our success has been our people,” Roden said.

Henry County Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Buchanan commended the company’s leadership on the growth and job creation.

“I also commend you for recognizing the potential of the current workforce here at the Patriot Center location and realizing that our area has a dynamic, quality workforce to fill the 100 new positions,” she said.

Employees in the Martinsville Monogram facility produce meat sticks, beef and chicken jerky, pickled sausage and egg products, and kippered beef snacks.


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