McBEE — Nearly 700 people attended two job fairs and applied for 50 or fewer available positions at Nestlé Waters North America’s Chesterfield County bottling plant.
Managers at the facility off S.C. 151 near McBee are continuing the hiring process following job fairs held at McBee High School and S.C. Works in Hartsville, said Nestlé spokeswoman Marcia Purday.
“Between those who attended the job fairs and others who applied directly, we have some outstanding applicants to consider, reflecting the excellent workforce in this area,” Purday said. “Please be patient with us as we consider this large amount of applicants.”
Nestlé is not planning another job fair at this time and plans to fill all available positions from the current pool of applicants.
Most of the employees will be hired and trained prior to the plant opening in early 2016. Purday said preparations for the new facility are on schedule.
“These are good jobs with competitive wages and benefits,” she said.
Lance Tully, senior natural resource specialist for Nestlé Waters’ Southeast Mid-Atlantic division, met applicants along with local plant management.
“Everyone who applied will be contacted informing them of our decisions,” Tully said in an email newsletter following the job fairs. “Given the number of applicants, this will take some time, so please be patient with us. Tom Strowe, our factory manager, and I very much enjoyed meeting and talking with folks who came out for the job fair. With the hiring process under way, construction work on the bottling plant continues to prepare us to be operational in early 2016.”
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 Strowe, a 26-year employee, to serve as factory manager of the McBee bottling plant.
Workers 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.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.