McBEE — Up to four-dozen people could find new careers at Nestlé Waters North America’s Chesterfield County bottling plant during a pair of job fairs planned next week.
The first event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 at S.C. Works, 1319 S. Fourth St. in Hartsville. Nestlé has slated the second job fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at McBee High School at 264 E. Pine Ave.
Nestlé Waters is looking to hire workers for a variety of positions, including production operators, forklift/loader operators, maintenance mechanics, team coordinators, raw material handlers and dock coordinators. In order to be eligible for these positions, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
Manufacturing experience is preferred. Applicants must be willing to submit to a drug screen/background test and be willing to work any shift, including weekends.
Applicants should bring an updated résumé to the job fair and should apply online at www.nestlewaters.com/south-carolina for positions of interest prior to attending the job fair.
Individuals who would like to apply for a position, but unable to attend a job fair may still apply online at www.nestlewaters.com/south-carolina.
Nestlé Waters offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time positions that includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability and life insurance options, the company said in a news release. Additional benefits could include a 401(k) plan, annual profit sharing based on company performance, vacation, sick time and holiday pay.
Construction crews broke ground on the Chesterfield County bottling plant in January 2015 with plans for the Nestlé Waters facility to open in early 2016. The plant will bottle Deer Park natural spring water and Nestlé Pure Life purified water.
Work is ongoing at the roughly 200,000 square-foot facility, with a steel frame for the bottling plant now complete.
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.
Nestlé plans to hire 40 to 50 employees for the plant, which represents a $40 million investment in Chesterfield County’s economy. State officials project it will generate nearly $400,000 in annual property taxes for the county government and school system.