Silfex is scheduled to host a job fair in Springfield in April. Bill Lackey/Staff

Silfex begins hiring for up to 400 jobs in Springfield

A firm that has pledged to invest more than $220 million into Clark County has started hiring and will host a job fair next month.

Silfex, based in Eaton, will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the OhioMeansJobs-Clark County office at 1345 Lagonda Ave. in Springfield. The company has pledged to create more than 400 jobs over the next several years.

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Silfex was founded in Preble County and builds silicon components for everything from computer processors to cell phones to cars. The firm also grows silicon crystals at its existing plant in Eaton and will perform similar functions in Springfield.

Last month, the company hosted an open house at the vacant plant it bought on Titus Road. The company is converting the 350,000-square-foot warehouse near the Prime Ohio Industrial Park into a high-tech manufacturing plant that makes silicon products for a variety of markets.

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The warehouse previously housed the Thirty-One Gifts distribution center. Company officials previously told the Springfield News-Sun that the majority of the company’s operations will be up and running by Jan. 1, 2019.

Jobs available will include CNC machinists and operators, crystal growing technicians, engineers, and administrative and support staff.

Silfex is already hiring for some position, said Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services for the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

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“We’re trying to open it up on a Saturday so we have more parking,” Donahoe said. “We anticipate a decent turnout and they’re definitely starting to hire now even though the facility’s not ready.”

Employees hired before the Springfield plant opens will likely meet in Springfield, then be taken by bus to the company’s Eaton facility for training each day. Employees would also be compensated for their time and receive training during the bus ride each day.

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Company officials have said Clark County’s workforce was a good fit for the company because of the region’s extensive background in manufacturing.

Another major Clark and Champaign County employer, Mercy Health, is looking to fill several positions and will hold its third job fair in recent weeks.

Mercy Health-Springfield will host open interviews for about 80 full- and part-time positions at a hiring event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Kroc Center, 1000 North Keowee St. in Dayton.

Mercy wants to fill about 40 registered nurse positions in units that include surgical, intensive care, Emergency Department and behavioral health.

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Mercy Health also needs to fill 40 non-nursing positions, with roles available for respiratory therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, certified occupational therapy assistants, medical technologists, scrub technicians, radiology technicians, telemetry technicians, phlebotomists, case managers, licensed social workers, nursing assistants, behavioral health technicians and dietary and environmental services staff.

Those unable to attend are encouraged to email a resume to Lora Risner at LRisner@mercy.com or apply online at mercy.com. Company benefits include sign-on bonuses for qualifying positions, medical, dental and vision benefits and tuition reimbursement.

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