Flex Films hosting job fair today

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Positions could be filled as early as April

By Marty Finley

Hiring is expected to begin soon at Flex Films’ Elizabethtown manufacturing facility, and the company is looking for employees to round out its workforce.

Flex Films USA, a subsidiary of India-based manufacturer Uflex Group, is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

The company, which is expected to finish the first phase of its first manufacturing facility in the United States later this year, will accept resumes and take applications today. On-site interviews also could be held during the fair, said Devon Logsdon, human resources manager.

“We’ll have many job openings in the next few months,” she said.

The first openings could come as early as April, but those hired will be expected to travel outside of the country to receive training for up to 60 days. Those hired by Flex Films also will be required to have a valid passport at time of employment, she said. Passports will not be required during the fair, but Logsdon said potential employees must be willing to apply for one.

The training will be centralized in three countries: India, Mexico and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Logsdon said. Uflex has manufacturing facilities in all three locations.

“The dynamics of what location they’ll be sent to are still being worked out,” she said.

Logsdon did not have an estimate on the number of jobs opening up in the next few months, but said the company is looking to field applications for all positions today.

She also said applicants should not be discouraged or feel like they have been eliminated from contention if they do not receive an interview today.

“We’re going to consider everybody,” she said.

Logsdon said salary ranges for the positions had not received final approval as of Wednesday afternoon, but she expected to have them in time for the fair. Information on job positions and benefits also will be available, she added.

Production at the facility, located in the T.J. Patterson Industrial Park on Black Branch Road, is expected to begin by the final quarter of the year, Logsdon has said. Work will begin on the second phase of the facility shortly thereafter, she added. The company is making a $180 million capital investment into Elizabethtown, which is expected to generate around 250 jobs.

Founded in the 1980s, 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 Elizabethtown plant will primarily manufacture flexible film for packaging food, according to the company.

“We’re really excited and we’re looking forward to seeing what happens tomorrow,” Logsdon said.

Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker said he was excited about the benefits the new jobs will bring to local residents.

“This is the first part of a long, positive relationship with Flex Films,” Walker said.

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