LIMA — Around 30 people attended a recruiting session held by General Dynamics Land Systems at the at the Bradfield Community Center on Thursday.
The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center unveiled plans late last year to hire 390 additional employees as the tank plant ramps up production of Abrams tanks and Stryker vehicles.
All told, the JSMC’s workforce is expected to grow to about 970 employees by 2020.
Deb Lowry, a human resources manager with GDLS, said most of the openings are for welders and assemblers, but engineers, supervisors, CNC machinists and others are needed too.
Lowry said hiring at the tank plant will continue in phases through 2020.
General Dynamics Land Systems is working with Ohio Means Jobs Allen County to fill the positions.
Recruiting efforts have even expanded into local schools and neighboring counties.
High school seniors who plan to transition into the workforce immediately after graduation are encouraged by OMJ job coaches to consider applying for a job at the JSMC.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said OMJ Allen County Director Joe Patton. “They have tuition reimbursement and opportunities to upskill yourself. You can go in as an assembler … work that job, build yourself and move on to other disciplines within the organization.”
Patton said an aging workforce at the tank plant will create even more demand for new hires as employees retire.
Thursday’s recruiting session was one of several opportunities for prospective job candidates to meet with General Dynamics Land Systems representatives directly. Candidates could even upload their resumes and learn about the company’s online application portal at the Bradfield Center.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.