Coronavirus shutdown: Who is hiring in Butler County and southwest Ohio?

Many companies with locations in Butler and Warren counties have had to scale back on their business and workforce due to the coronavirus. However, some are ramping up production and services offered to meet demand and are able to offer jobs to displaced workers.

Hiring efforts have increased over the last three weeks at telecommunications and mass media company Charter, which offers its services to consumers and businesses under the branding of Spectrum, because the company is considered an essential business and customers are “relying heavily” on its services, said spokesman Mike Hogan.

Charter also recently announced a plan to permanently raise its minimum wage to $20 per hour over the next two years for all employees, Hogan said. The company had begun discussions around raising its existing $15 minimum wage, however in light of the current environment and the challenges many are facing, Charter is beginning that process now, he said.

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“An initial retroactive $1.50 increase will be implemented immediately for our hourly frontline employees in the field and customer operation groups, who are the face of our company to our nearly 30 million customers,” Hogan said. “These employees provide essential communications services to our residential and business communities, including hospitals, first responder and government facilities, which help flatten the curve and protect the country.”

Additionally, those same field and customer operations hourly workers will receive another permanent $1.50 per hour raise on top of their March 2021 merit increase. Charter has committed that in 2022 all hourly employees will have a minimum starting rate of $20 per hour. More information is available at Information about available jobs may be found at

Graham Packaging, which manufactures plastic bottles for dairy, nutrition, juices, teas, household and automotive needs at scores of plants worldwide is stepping up its hiring efforts.

That includes its Warren County location at 1225 Castle Drive in Mason. Full-time permanent and temporary opportunities for maintenance technicians and plant controllers are available there for entry level to experienced professionals.

More information may be found at

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Amazon announced last month that it will hire 100,000 new full and part-time jobs for in its fulfillment centers and delivery network nationwide to meet the surge in demand from people relying on the company’s service, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.

Approximately 4,600 of those jobs will be created in Ohio, according to Amazon officials. The company has yet to clarify how many of those positions would be available at the company’s 1.3-million-square foot fulfillment center in Monroe.

Kroger also said last month it planned to hire 10,000 additional workers in the coming weeks to help stock and clean stores.

Melissa O’Brien of OhioMeansJob-Butler County in Fairfield said she is working on a virtual hiring event. So far, companies signed on to be part of the event include not only Graham Packaging, Kroger and Amazon, but TQL, Castellini, UPS, DHL, FedEx, Wayfair, Swim Safe Pool, Zumbiel Packaging and Perfetti Van Melle, as well.

More information will be made available soon at

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Kroger: hiring for all departments. Apply online at www. or in person at any Kroger store.

Amazon: hiring in the Greater Cincinnati area with starting pay up to $20 an hour. Apply at

Walmart: hiring for all departments. Apply online at or at any Walmart.

Charter/Spectrum: ramping up hiring across the area. Apply at

Graham Packaging: hiring maintenance technicians and plant controllers for its Mason location. Details at

Virtual online hiring event: More information available soon at OhioMeansJobs-Butler County at

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