By BILL SHEA
Messenger staff writer
Cargill will begin hiring the first 70 employees for its Webster County plant this summer, according to a company human resources official.
And in May, a groundbreaking ceremony will formally launch the construction of the CJ CheilJedang Corp. plant, a representative of that company said Wednesday.
Carole Harvey, a senior human resources generalist for Cargill, and Kyong Han, a senior project manager for CJ CheilJedang, provided updates on their companies' local projects during the Industrial Workforce Summit held at the Quality Inn in Fort Dodge.
Both companies will have plants in the North Central Ag Industrial Park west of the city.
Cargill is currently renovating the unused plant it bought from Tate & Lyle last year. Harvey said the plant will be a corn wet milling facility that will primarily produce a form of sugar called dextrose. Some ethanol will also be made there. She said it is scheduled to open in late summer or early fall of 2013.
The plant is expected to consume 150,000 bushels of corn a day.
The company will employ 135 people there, according to Harvey. She said 70 of those employees will be operations technicians.
To qualify as an operations technician, an individual must have a high school diploma and good math skills, according to Harvey. She said they must also be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays because the plant will run continuously.
Harvey said the company plans to start hiring operations technicians in July and have a full complement of 70 by December. They will then begin a seven-month training program.
Those technicians will be the largest single group of employees at the plant. Harvey said Cargill will also employ 16 chemists there, plus engineers, environmental health and safety specialists, and administrative support personnel.
CJ CheilJedang, doing business as CJ America, will build its $323 million plant near the Cargill facility. That closeness is necessary because the company will use byproducts from Cargill to produce amino acids that will be used in livestock feed. It will be the first plant in the United States for the company, which is based in South Korea.
Kyong said site preparation work was to begin Wednesday.
He added that his company will hire 50 to 60 people this summer, and another 100 people next year.
Production at the plant will begin in early 2014, according to Kyong.
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