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AMI Inudsites Hosts Open House and Hiring Drive
Approximately 65 people toured the AMI Industries, Inc. facility during the firm's open house on Thursday.
"We are trying to present to everyone that we are a good place to come work," said Chief Financial Officer Les Thornton speaking loudly over the machines while leading a contingent through the production floor. "We're noisy, but it's not scary."
The open house served as a celebration for the company, which recently hired its 100th employee.
Mayor Pro-Tem William Lynn recalled visiting the site in 2011 when the company had just four employees.
"Here we are in 2014 and they have their hundredth employee," he observed, before adding his term on the city commission ends in three years. "I hope before my term is up we'll be celebrating the two hundredth."
Chairman Jeff Holt of the Sault Economic Development Commission recalled, "Three years ago we made a promise to help you as much as we could and that has not changed."
AMI representatives were likewise happy with their Sault Ste. Marie site.
"The city has been excellent to work with," said Thornton.
Jeff Evans also added the local support in the Sault area surpasses that of any of AMI's other locales.
"If they finished four years of high school, we find them pretty well qualified," said Thornton noting most local graduates come in armed with the necessary math, writing and communication skills.
While Thursday marked a celebration of accomplishment, it also had an eye to the future as the open house served as a recruiting mechanism for AMI Hose which is set to begin hiring as many as 40 people in the coming weeks and months. Thornton described this operation as a producer of fiber backed and stainless steel braided hose for the automotive industry.
Executive Director Kristen Claus of the Sault EDC welcomed the addition of 40 good paying jobs. "The wages are high enough to support a family," she said.
Working under the same roof, AMI Hose will bring the firm's local work force to somewhere around 140 employees, making AMI the second largest manufacturer in the Sault.
Those interested in applying to work at AMI can apply in person at 1351 Industrial Park Drive or at the Michigan Works! offices located at 1118 E. Easterday.
Article written by Scott Brand for Soo Evening News
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