UNION COUNTY — After more that 50 years in business the Timken Tyger River Plant is not only still going strong but is in the process of going even stronger and that’s why they’re looking to hire 30 more employees.
Located at 408 Industrial Park Road, Union, the 350,000 square foot Timken Tyger River Plant is a manufacturer of bearings for industrial customers in the fields of wind energy, mining, and drilling, as well as oil and gas. The plant also makes bearings for the US Navy. Of the bearings produced by the plant 75 percent are sold domestically and the rest overseas.
In business for 51 years, the Timken Tyger River Plant is seeing a growing demand for its products. As as result of this growth in demand, Plant Manager Bob Hart says that the company is investing approximately $2 million in the facility through the acquisition of new equipment to increase its capacity.
The acquisition of the new equipment to increase its capacity in order to meet the the increased demand for its products also means that additional personnel are needed and so the plant is in the process of hiring them.
“We’re at 262 employees and we’re in the process of ramping up,” HR Manager John Robbins said. “We’re looking to hire 30 full-time and contingent employees.”
Robbins said the primary positions the plant is looking to hire for is Grinder Operator and Multi-Surface Grinder Operator. He said that while Timken prefers employees who are “mechanically inclined and has manufacturing experience,” it can and does provide on the job training, pointing out that 80 percent of the employee hired over the past 51 years have been trained by the company.
“Those that make it are those who are willing to learn and have a strong work ethic,” Robbins said of those the plant has hired and trained over the past 51 years.
Operating seven days a week, the Tyger River Plant has both 8-hour and 12-hour shifts. Employee pay ranges from $13 an hour to $27 a hour with opportunities for bonus pay. Benefits include paid vacations, full medical insurance, and 401K retirement plans.
Persons interested in working full-time at the plant should apply online at timken.com/careers. The plant is hiring contingent workers through Roper Staffing.
Robbins and Hart said Timken is looking to have the new personnel in place at the Tyger River Plant between now and March.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.