Hiring alert: Company’s Middletown facility to grow staffing by several dozen

Metal Coaters in Middletown is hiring as many as 30 new material handlers due to growth.

The company, which was founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1987, is one of the largest coil coating companies in the United States.

Coil coating consists of running coils of sheet metal through a production line to clean, treat, and paint the metal. The metal is later used in making materials such as wall and roof panels, doors, light fixtures, HVAC, and others. There are six Metal Coaters plants nationwide, with one located in Butler County’s Middletown.

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There are approximately 550 Metal Coater employees nationwide. The Middletown Metal Coaters facility employs approximately 100 team members, including production, maintenance, and office staff, said human resources generalist Tami Moore.

“Our goal is to hire approximately 20-30 more Material Handlers by the end of 2020, due to growth,” Moore said. Those interested in hearing about employment opportunities may write to tami.moore@metalcoaters.com.

We asked Moore about hiring efforts at the company. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the company and other such similar companies and how is the company uniquely positioned to address that challenges?

A: “The biggest challenge we face is keeping up with the rising demand for our products. Hiring additional talent is one of our strategies for managing our growth, allowing us to keep our output high, while also taking care of our dedicated employees.

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Q: What is the most prevalent roadblock that the company encounters when it comes to hiring and what can jobseekers do to remedy that situation?

A: “While we will consider hiring individuals without manufacturing experience who show signs of being quick learners, our first preference is to hire individuals with at least some manufacturing or warehouse experience. When we review applications, we typically start by contacting experienced applicants before those who don’t appear to have related work history. However, sometimes when we call applicants who don’t have manufacturing experience listed on their application, we find in speaking with them that they do have the experience we are looking for but haven’t listed it on their application or resume. There is a high probability that there have been people who have applied for positions with us who were well-qualified but didn’t take the time to list their relevant experience on their application and were never invited to interview, as a result.”

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Q: Some job seekers are concerned about the limits of advancement within a company or an industry. To what degree can your employees advance from entry-level roles to be promoted to greater positions within the company?

A: “We post the majority of our hourly promotional opportunities internally only. Because these opportunities are almost always filled by internal candidates, it is rare that we post or advertise production line positions externally. We bring all new hire production employees in at entry-level, however, there is no waiting period that they need to fulfill in order to be considered for a promotion. It is not unusual to see employees promoted before they even pass their 90-day probationary period if we see a lot of drive and dedication, and they are picking things up quickly.”

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