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By Gary Buckland
With demand for clear barriers increasing during the Coronavirus, our Spartech Paulding, Ohio plant swiftly pivoted to plexiglass. As a result, we now have plans to immediately hire over 20 new full-time employees.
Located in Northwest Ohio, Spartech’s Paulding plant normally produces various thermoplastic polymer and high impact polystyrene materials, not clear acrylic (plexiglass). But in the “new normal,” our Paulding team nimbly shifted to producing plexiglass, which is used for sneeze guards and other clear protective barriers at grocery stores, retail outlets, schools and municipalities. The plant has already converted two production lines for our acrylic sheet products such as TufGlas™ and are in the process of converting at least one more line. In the meantime, business continues to accelerate. In fact, just since this program started two weeks ago, our plant has produced enough material to equip over 4,000 grocery store cashier lines.
Teamwork has made it happen and everyone continues to do a great job stepping up to meet this demand. To survive and thrive in a crisis, sometimes you have to think outside the box. We have adapted to this new business environment and our ability to adapt, stay flexible and be creative has generated more job opportunities for our community.
While our plant is looking to add 30 new employees, we are hopeful that number could eventually climb to 40. Candidates with experience operating industrial equipment are encouraged to apply. Hourly starting pay ranges from $14 to $22 depending on the position and experience. Spartech’s Paulding plant operates on four shifts: two daytime and two night. For more information on Spartech employment opportunities, click here.
Spartech, which was designated as an essential business, conducts daily healthcare screenings for employees upon entering all of its plants. All employees have their temperatures taken before entering a facility, maintains an emphasis on social distancing, and must wear face masks. In addition, the plant has a rigorous disinfection program throughout the building.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with a unique innovation center and 15 manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States, Spartech is a leading plastics manufacturer of engineered thermoplastic materials and specialty packaging products. Meeting the exact standards for everything from food packaging to aerospace and automotive applications, Spartech continues to make a world of difference with sustainable, diverse, reliable and innovative products including Royalite®, Korad® PreservaPak®, and Polycast®.
About Gary Buckland
Gary Buckland has served as Senior Plant Manager at Spartech’s Paulding, Ohio plant since 2016. Prior to Spartech, he served in a variety of management capacities including Value Stream Manager for Federal Mogul, Production Manager for Whirlpool Corporation, Plant Manager for W.C. Wood Company, and Operation Manager at W.C. Wood Corporation. He has an MBA and a BA in business/managerial economics from the University of Findlay.