Winchester to hire 800 in Oxford

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Olin Corp. hopes to hire the first batch of employees for its Winchester Ammunition plant at a job fair scheduled later this month.
Winchester is moving its Centerfire Manufacturing Operations from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford and will ramp up hiring during the next five years.
“We will be hiring to fill a number of vacancies in multiple job classifications,” said Valerie Peters, the company’s human resources director. “Over the next five years, we will be filling roughly 800 positions. This job fair is just the beginning of a five-year hiring process but we are hiring now.
“We are looking for a variety of skill sets including mechanical, electrical, administrative, technical and non-technical. We are looking for individuals who have worked with machines and tools as well as individuals who can learn to do so. However, if you are not mechanically inclined, we do have other positions available that do not require a strong mechanical background.”
The job fair will be at the Oxford Conference Center from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 28.
Winchester’s parent company, Olin, announced the move to Oxford late last year after workers at its Illinois plant voted down contract concessions. The company already has its Winchester Rimfire operations in Oxford.
Winchester manufactures sporting ammunition, reloading components, small-caliber military ammunition and components and industrial cartridges.
“We are very excited about the future of our Winchester operations here in Oxford,” Peters said. “Our employees are very proud of our company and our legendary Winchester brand. We are looking to hire highly motivated individuals who want to become members of the Winchester team and help us carry on that tradition of quality and excellence.”
Positions at the plant include machine adjusters, packer operators, utility operators, quality assurance technicians, maintenance specialists and general machinists. The company also is recruiting engineers.
Job descriptions, qualifications and required skills will be posted on the company’s website at www.olin.com.

Winchester job fair
– When: June 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

– Where: Oxford Conference Center, 102 Ed Perry Blvd., off the Sisk Avenue exit on Highway 7.

– What to bring: Resume, photo identification.

– More info: All positions, including job descriptions, qualifications and required skills, will be posted at www.olin.com.