McBEE — In less than a month, Nestlé Waters North America plans to begin hiring workers for its Chesterfield County bottling plant set to open early next year.
The hiring process for machine operators and forklift operators should begin in the last week of August, said Lance Tully, Nestlé’s senior natural resource specialist for the Southeast Mid-Atlantic region.
“Plans are coming together for a hiring event later this summer,” Tully said in an email newsletter distributed Friday. “We hope to release specifics around this event soon.”
The plant on S.C. 151 between McBee and Jefferson will also hire a team coordinator, maintenance mechanic and production supervisor for the plant. A minimum of five years of experience in a manufacturing environment is required for the team coordinator and maintenance mechanic jobs.
Two to five years of experience leading a shift or area within a manufacturing environment, preferably food and beverage manufacturing, and a bachelor’s degree are required for the production supervisor position.
Interested individuals can apply online at www.nestlewaterscareers.com/south-carolina.
Prospective applicants can also register on the Nestlé Waters North America website and set up a job alert with the keyword “McBee” to be notified of future postings.
Construction is ongoing at the roughly 200,000 square-foot facility, with a steel frame for the bottling plant now complete after weeks of work. Tully said the plant “continues to be on target for an early 2016 start-up.”
Nestlé Waters selected Chesterfield County as the home of its new plant in November 2014 after evaluating several Southeast sites. In early June, Nestlé officials tapped 26-year company veteran Tom Strowe to serve as factory manager of the McBee bottling plant.
Strowe and his family moved from Pennsylvania to Chesterfield County in February, and he and Tully attended this month’s Peach Festival at McBee’s renowned McLeod Farms.
“We are trying to quickly learn the area and are looking forward to becoming a part of the community,” Strowe said in a company news release announcing his new position.
Nestlé plans to hire 40 to 50 employees for the plant, which will bottle Deer Park spring water and Nestlé Pure Life purified water. The facility represents a $40 million investment in Chesterfield County’s economy, and state officials project it will generate nearly $400,000 in annual property taxes for the county government and school system.
“Having a world-class company like Nestlé Waters will enhance our economic development efforts,” Lenora Powe, vice chairwoman of the Chesterfield County Council, said in a release last year. “This will help us attract other companies and grow employment opportunities. We look forward to continuing to work together with Nestlé Waters as the company continues to become a part of our community as an employer and neighbor.”
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