To draw workers, Springboro manufacturer boosts pay

A Springboro manufacturer says higher demand for workers locally is forcing it to raise employee pay.

Pioneer Automotive Technologies, Inc. said Wednesday that as of January 1, the company has increased all long-term, hourly wages by up to 10 percent, and for the first time will offer current and newly hired contract employees up to six days of earned time off at its Springboro facility.

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New hourly wages range from $11.50 to $13.75 per hour based on job title and experience, the company said. Contract employees are also now eligible to earn a day of time off for every 60 days of perfect attendance.

A spokeswoman for Pioneer said the company at 100 S. Pioneer Blvd. has 330 employees in Springboro. “It has multiple openings on an ongoing basis and the number of hires varies from week to week,” the company representative said.

“Manufacturing companies in Ohio continue to add jobs, but are confronted with a tight labor market, especially in areas where many of our employees come from, including Warren, Butler and Montgomery counties,” Steven Moerner, Pioneer Automotive president, said in an announcement.

Open positions at Pioneer include long-term production assembly, warehouse and forklift positions.

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Workdays are Monday to Friday during first-shift hours of 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with possible overtime until 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, Pioneer said in a release.

“We’re not only excited that Pioneer, a major employer in Springboro for over 30 years, is offering higher wages, but also paid time off which is unusual for most of our contract employees,” Amy Powers, Middletown branch manager for BelFlex Staffing, also said in the company’s statement.

Pioneer describes itself as a tier 1 automotive “infotainment systems” and components supplier to original vehicle manufacturers.

Those interested in openings may contact Powers at (513) 217-4562 or APowers@belflex.com.

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