A global healthcare packaging company that traces its roots back nearly 130 years is seeking to fill positions at its Hamilton facility.
Oliver Healthcare Packaging, a leading supplier of pouches, lidding, roll stock, and mounting cards for the global healthcare industry, traces its roots to 1890 when American Machinery Company was founded in Grand Rapids, Mich. The company has since evolved as a leader in medical grade packaging over the years.
With the merger of Oliver-Tolas and Mangar Medical in 2017, the company was renamed Oliver Healthcare Packaging. Its packaging protects medical devices and pharmaceutical products throughout the sterilization, shipment, and storage processes.
Oliver Healthcare Packaging, which has nearly 700 employees across six manufacturing locations, opened its Butler County facility in 1992 in Hamilton.
It employs approximately 30 people there and is looking to fill full-time positions for manufacturing engineer and production operators, according to Bryan Holcomb, who handles talent acquisition and human resources for the company.
We asked Holcomb about some of the challenges facing the company as it seeks to hire new employees. Here’s what he had to say:
Q. What’s the biggest challenge facing the company and others in the industry and how is the company uniquely positioned to address that challenge?
A: “From a recruiting standpoint, it is always a challenge to attract top-notch talent in a tight labor market. With the unemployment rate at a 17-year low and the labor participation rate following suit, we focus on selling our benefits package, internal career growth opportunities and the collaborative company culture to prospective employees.”
Q: What’s the most prevalent roadblock you encounter when it comes to hiring and what can jobseekers do to remedy that situation?
A: “We are looking for long-term employees who are motivated to come to work. Work ethic, positive attitude, and attendance go a long way. We can train the technical skills, as long as you are willing and wanting to show up and work hard.”
Q: What’s the vision for the company’s growth, both jobs and otherwise, for the next five years?
A: “Oliver is well positioned in the market, and we are really the only major packaging provider to focus exclusively on medical packaging. We are big enough to have scale and global reach while staying nimble, offering local one-on-one support and service our customers deserve. From a growth perspective, we are diligent about growing the Oliver brand via organic growth and acquisition.”
Q: Some job seekers are concerned about the limits of advancement within a company. To what degree can your employees advance from entry-level roles to be promoted to greater positions within the company?
A: “Oliver is focused on development programs for our employees and we offer both internal and external training opportunities. It is our goal to always promote from within where it is possible, and our team is aware of that philosophy. Oliver has grown significantly over the years, and it is an exciting time to be a part of the team. We recently opened a 70,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China; a new office in Trevose, Penn.; and a technology center in Galway, Ireland — all within the last month. As we continue to invest in Oliver, our employees are at the forefront of that.”
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