By JB Clark
MAYHEW – Almost 1,000 people showed up to Yokohama Tire Manufacturing’s employment informational sessions Saturday to learn more about applying for a job at the new tire plant.
Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi President Tad Yamamoto told the potential applicants they will begin the process of hiring 140 people in 2014 and a total of 500 by the time the tire manufacturing plant opens in October 2015.
East Mississippi Community College hosted the informational session and is teaming up with YTMM and the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities to make sure every applicant has all the training they will need to successfully staff the plant.
In order to be considered for a job at the tire manufacturing plant, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate as well as a silver level Career Readiness Certificate and Manufacturing Basic Skills Certification.
Beginning Jan. 6, EMCC will begin scheduling testing and training sessions for the CRC and Manufacturing Basic Skills Certification. On Feb. 1, the application process will open.
“If history is any indicator, I think we will have about 5,000 to 6,000 applications for the first 500 jobs,” said Raj Shaunak, vice present of Workforce and Community Services at EMCC. “It’s essential people have the right certifications to qualify.”
After the application process opens in February, hiring for the first 140 jobs will begin April 2014 and continue periodically throughout 2015.
The first positions filled will be maintenance technicians, boiler operators and supervisors.
The plant’s groundbreaking was in September and since then, earthwork for the initial plant has been completed.
Heavy construction will begin after the first of the year and equipment installation will begin in August. Mass production is slated to begin in October 2015.
The first phase will produce commercial-grade tires for trucks and buses. The plant is master planned for up to four phases with the timing of those phases depending on market conditions and demand, according to Senior Director of New Plant Development Alan Eason.
Anyone interested can begin applying for Yokohama jobs in February at mdes.ms.gov.