Applications for Bridgestone plants will be accepted starting Monday
ReadySC will begin to accept resumes online Monday for machine technicians for Bridgestone Americas' existing plant and its new off-road radial tire plant in Graniteville.ReadySC is assisting Bridgestone with the recruiting and initial training of their workforce for their new off-road radial facility and expansion of their existing facility.•Bridgestone Americas is very excited to begin the process of recruiting for this project. We are seeking both entry-level and experienced machine technicians,• said Fran Jones, vice president of Administration Services Division. •Our company continues to be successful as an organization due in large part to our hard-working employees. We look forward to adding to this workforce in South Carolina.•The starting rate of pay for a machine technician position is $14 per hour. A minimum requirement of the job is that the applicant possess a high school diploma or GED.•Applicants will be contacted by SC Works to schedule a testing appointment when testing begins in April,• Jones said. •SC Works will administer the test at one of their locations.•The test is computer-based and will analyze a candidate's manufacturing skills, attention to detail, work ethic and safety mindset, according to Jones.Bridgestone is expanding its current plant by 740,000 square feet and constructing a separate 1.5-million-square-foot off-road radial tire manufacturing plant in Graniteville.The expansion, coupled with the new plant, represents a $1.2 billion investment - the single largest capital investment in South Carolina's history - and the creation of 850 full-time and contractor positions.Ground on the expansion was broken in September. Ground on the new plant was broken in October with operations expected to begin in the first half of 2014.ReadySC is a division of the S.C. Technical College System and works closely with companies to provide recruiting, training and workforce development tools.To find out more about the position, visit www.readySC.org/BATO or go to www.sctechjobs.com to apply.Haley Hughes has spent five years as the Aiken County government reporter with the Aiken Standard. Hughes, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, hails from Knoxville, Tenn.