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Flex Films to host job fair

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Hiring starts later this year

By Marty Finley

Those interested in landing one of the jobs coming to Elizabethtown through Flex Films USA’s new manufacturing facility will have a chance to gather more information later this month.

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Flex Films is hosting a job fair Jan. 26 at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown, where the company will brief visitors on the details surrounding hundreds of new jobs coming to the area, some of which will be filled and in place by the end of the year, said Devon Logsdon, human resources manager for Flex Films.

Logsdon said a time has not yet been nailed down for the job fair but details are being discussed. She said the company should have salary ranges available for prospective job applicants by the time of the fair.

The company also is immersed in the planning stages for the first production line so it can determine how many workers will be needed to run the line, she added. She said she was unsure when hiring will begin.
“It’s hard to say right now,” she said.

But Logsdon said the first round of jobs will require employees to travel out of the country for training.

Work on the first phase of the plant in the T.J. Patterson Industrial Park on Black Branch Road is on schedule and projected to be completed by the final quarter of 2012, Logsdon said. If plans stay in place, she added, work on the second production line would follow shortly thereafter.

Flex Films’ parent company, Uflex, chose to invest its money in Kentucky after Gov. Steve Beshear traveled to India last year to secure a deal with the company to build the facility in Elizabethtown. The project includes a $180 million capital investment and will create roughly 250 new jobs by work’s end.

Founded in 1983, Uflex is an industry leader in the manufacture of polyester chips, specialty films, coated and metallized film, laminates, pouches, holographic films and adhesives used in packaging. The company has a market penetration in 110 countries and numerous high-profile companies as members of its clientele.

The operation in Elizabethtown is the company’s first manufacturing facility in the U.S. and will be the first green­field project — one built from scratch on property where no previous facilities exist — built by an Indian company in this country, according to Uflex officials.

Mayor Tim Walker recently highlighted the landing of Flex Films as one of the highlights of his first year in office, saying Elizabethtown was able to market itself in a way to trump several communities in landing the manufacturer.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or www.thenewsenterprise.com.