Haemonetics to hire up to 70 workers

Charles Warner Editor

November 12, 2013

UNION — To help fill the orders of a new customer Haemonetics will hire up to 70 new employees and start another shift by the beginning of December.

Located at 155 Medical Sciences Drive in Union, Haemonetics produces sodium citrate anti-coagulant used for plasma collection. The facility currently employs a workforce of 118 employees.

That’s in the process of changing as Haemonetics is hiring additional employees to meet the needs of a new customer the company recently signed.

Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair said Monday that Haemonetics notified his office Friday about its plans to expand operations and hire more personnel. He said he and Union County Development Board Executive Director Andrena Powell-Baker then met with Haemonetics representatives to discuss the company’s plans.

“Haemonetics got in touch with us Friday that they are expanding their operations and are looking for 50-70 employees by the second of December, ” Sinclair said. “It was a short notice decision so Andrena and I went to meet with them. They are going through Wade’s Employment and we have contacted the Workforce Investment Board here and in Spartanburg to assist in job fairs and that sort of thing.”

Amanda Moss, process engineer at Haemonetics, said the hiring of the additional personnel grew out of a new contract Haemonetics signed with a new company. She said Haemonetics is already in the process of conducting interviews with potential employees and is looking forward to the expansion of its operations.

“We are excited to be growing as a company in Union County,” Moss said Monday afternoon. “We are really looking forward to this.”

Moss said Haemonetics is hiring production operators, group leaders, and maintenance personnel.

Sinclair also welcomed the company’s success.

“We applaud their effort,” Sinclair said. “We appreciate the confidence they show in Union County. We see a bright future ahead with Haemonetics.”

Wade’s Employment Office Manager Dianne Smith said Monday that persons interested in applying for a job with Haemonetics must meet the following criteria when applying:

• Have a copy of their high school diploma or GED.

• Be able to pass a background check.

• Must take a basic skills test.

Smith said that Haemonetics is starting up another shift as part of the expansion. She said the shifts will be from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Employees will work two days on and two days off and every other weekend.

Wade’s Employment is located at 204 S. Gadberry St., Union and is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with testing from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Smith said the hiring process is under way and plans are to have the new employees on the job and undergoing training by Nov. 26.

For more information call Wade’s Employment at 864-427-1212.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.