SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /eNewsChannels/ — The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) will hold a Job Fair on Saturday, October 15 to recruit up to 70 employees for United Furniture Industries (UFI), which is opening a manufacturing and distribution facility in Victorville, CA this November. Approximately 400 new jobs will be created at the plant over the course of the next 36 to 48 months.
“United Furniture will begin the process of local staff development in mid-October. We plan to complete a soft opening for manufacturing and distribution operations in November. Our employment is expected to exceed 100 people early in the first quarter of 2012,” said Bob Cottam, spokesperson for the company.
The Job Fair will take place on Saturday, October 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 Seventh Street in Victorville, CA.
United Furniture is recruiting for a variety of skilled and semi-skilled manufacturing positions. Job openings may include frame assemblers, spring assemblers, frame trim up, arm and pad assemblers, assembly inspectors, packers, scanners, furniture movers, band saw operators, line supervisors, spring clip machine operators, cushion and backfill machine operators, cushion regulators, polyurethane dimension saw operators, polyurethane lamination operators, quality control inspectors, shipping and receiving managers, general labor, janitorial and custodial positions.
The wage rates and compensation for these jobs will commensurate with the requirements of the position and the candidate’s skills. United Furniture offers production incentive pay, based on piece-work rates, for certain positions. The company also offers a comprehensive benefit package, a stable work environment, state-of-the-art equipment and a modern facility.
“Job seekers are encouraged to attend the Job Fair with a resume in hand and be prepared to complete an application or be interviewed on site,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the County’s Workforce Investment Board and Director of the Workforce Development Department.
County residents seeking assistance with resume or interview preparation before attending the Job Fair may contact the Employment Resource Centers at 800-451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . They may also access job placement help and no-cost job training programs.
“Our County’s Workforce Investment Board provides employers with a Business Resource Team that responds quickly and effectively to employer needs,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “I am proud to see that our employers are taking advantage of these services to save time and money.”
United Furniture has more than 2,200 employees and 3.8 million square feet of production and distribution space with locations in Okolona, Hatley, Nettleton and Amory Mississippi; Archdale, Winston Salem and Lexington, North Carolina; and now Victorville, California.
“The availability of both a skilled and semi-skilled workforce is a major reason we chose Victorville, the SCLC complex and the High Desert Region of San Bernardino County,” said Cottam. “We are excited about the prospects for our success and the success of our new employees.”
Today, United Furniture is one of the largest domestic producers of upholstered furniture. The company holds the exclusive licensing agreement as the U.S. manufacturer of Simmons Upholstery. The company produces an extensive, affordable seating line of trendsetting furniture including sofa models, sectionals, chase lounges, recliners, motion sofas, juvenile seating and Hide-A-Bed sleepers.
About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources which generate jobs and investment.
The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.
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