There was no shortage of interest when UGN Inc. announced it was hosting a job fair to fill 50 openings at its Valparaiso facility.
The maker of acoustic, interior trim and thermal management products for North American-based Japanese auto companies, conducted a hiring event Sept. 23. Company representatives said more than 150 people registered and 93 attended.
A representative for UGN did not expect to fill all 50 positions from the candidates who attended the Sept. 23 job fair and said another hiring event was planned Oct. 7. The company seeks people to fill full-time production operator roles starting at $14 per hour with benefits.
“Millions of Americans have lost their jobs because of COVID-19, and we can be part of the solution by helping people get back to work with well-paying jobs, flexible shifts, and a generous benefits package,” Peter Anthony, president and CEO of Tinley Park, Illinois-based UGN Inc. said in a statement released prior to the Sept. 23 job fair. “Our jobs have a competitive hourly rate and comprehensive benefits for full-time team members (and) more than 90% of our team leaders have been promoted from within, which provides great potential for future career growth.”
UGN’s Valparaiso facility is at 2252 Industrial Drive. In addition to its Illinois headquarters, it also has locations in Jackson, Tennessee; Monroe, Ohio; Novi, Michigan; Somerset, Kentucky as well as a location in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, which specializes in manufacturing, research, development, testing, and service support.
The company, which has estimated revenues of more than $425 million and nearly 2,000 employees across its U.S. operations, was founded in 1986 as a partnership between Nihon Tokushu Toryo Co. Ltd., (Nittoku) and Autoneum Holding AG.
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