FECON, Inc. on Grant Drive in Lebanon will be adding 60,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space and expanding office space by 3,000 square feet - all to its existing 56,000-square-foot facility built in September 2004. The new facility will increase the capacity of all facets of the manufacturing process while providing space for expanded service and support, research and development and product testing. FECON currently employs 112 people and was nominated as one of Greater Cincinnati's FAST 55 Businesses of the Year and Lebanon's Industrial Manufacturer of the Year. FECON manufactures Bull Hog mulchers, FTX track carriers, grapples, stump grinders and tree shears for reforestation and vegetation management. For more information, go to www.fecon.com.
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Jobs alert: Area manufacturer with 30-year history hiring for immediate openings

A Warren County-based forestry equipment and vegetation management manufacturer is looking to hire this week for immediate openings.

Located in Lebanon just up the road from Mason’s Kings Island, Fecon LLC designs, builds, tests, sells and services its equipment consisting of products, such as its well-known “Bull Hog” and “Stump EX” and other heavy equipment high-quality tractors of varying horsepower.

Founded in 1989, the company employs 205 people, 195 of which are located in its two plants near Kings Island. It is hiring for 10 open positions, including an evening machinist, several experienced welders, mechanical assembly, parts breakers and an office position as a sales assistant, according to Susan Pelley, the company’s director of human resources.

Pelley said the company offers competitive wages, full health benefits, paid time off (including vacation and sick/personal time) and a company 401(k) program to help employees save for retirement and a company match after one year.

Fecon will hold a job fair from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at its facility at 3460 Grant Drive in Lebanon. Food and plant tours will be provided. Learn more at www.fecon.com/about/careers.

We asked Pelley what challenges Fecon faces in finding new employees. Here’s what she had to say:

Q. What’s the most prevalent roadblock Fecon has encountered when it comes to hiring and what can job seekers do to remedy that situation?

“Finding experienced employee’s who want to work, learn and grow, along with a good attitude. It’s easy to come to work and be a complainer, be the opposite. It makes work more enjoyable and interesting to learn what a group can do together as s team when this happens. In today’s world it’s all about continuous learning and having that natural curiosity in your job and being part of a team and building relationships with your co-workers.”

Q: What common mistake do you routinely see when it comes to those applying for a position in your health system?

“Not completing applications as fully or completely as they could. Leaving information blank. When in doubt fill the information in – otherwise is causes Hiring Managers to wonder what you are not sharing. Help complete the picture for them about both your work experiences and who you are. We want to know.”

Q: Some job seekers are concerned about the limits of advancement within a company. To what degree can Fecon employees advance from entry-level roles to become team leaders and department managers?

“Yes, this is common theme in ‘most’ companies. We, of course, promote from within when the performance is good and attitude is good and for those that raise their hand and have the motivation and desire, this is key. Additionally, Fecon started partnering with and participating in a Workforce Development Initiative through the United Way of Warren County to hire a 3-year apprentice class which is new for us. This is targeting individuals who not necessarily college bound right now who want a career in Manufacturing and want to stay with Fecon in the short and long term. After a period of time those new hires can go to college if they so desire making them even more valuable having both on the job knowledge and some class learning. We hope to grow this program as Fecon grows.”

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