Arizona Daily Sun – Joe Ferguson – March 18, 2012
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The warehouse in west Flagstaff recently leased by a French manufacturing company was largely empty on Friday morning.
The young Frenchman managing the site for North America IML Containers, Jonathan Lepage, had just finished saying there were only a few pieces of equipment inside the 40,000 square foot facility when a semi-truck pulled in.
Its cargo was full of specialized equipment used to make injected plastic packaging for various clients.
Lepage, who expects the facility to be fully operational in four months, confirmed even more was on its way.
The manufacturer of ice cream, butter, cheese and other food containers will start hiring next month and continue to add employees as the heavy manufacturing equipment comes in and production begins to slow ramp up.
“We are going to hire between 5 to 10 people in early April and then in June we will hire 15 to 20 more in addition to a few mechanics,” Lepage said.
IML Containers is not currently set up to take job applications, but Lepage said the company is looking for employees with previous manufacturing or production experience. The company expects to hire a total of 40 people at a pay range of $16 to $18 per hour.