Workforce One holds a hiring event for Huhtamaki in Clermont

Cathy Sahlfeld, left, with Workforce One of Clermont County, passes out job applications to Daryl Schout, Julie Zenni, Corey Altman and Ray Coffey, during a Huhtamaki hiring event at Workforce One. The event was the second of three hiring events for the company.
By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

More than 370 people filed through the doors at Workforce One of Clermont County March 22 to fill out applications for an opportunity to work at Huhtamaki, a new manufacturing company in Batavia Township.

Cathy Sahlfeld, business services manager of Workforce One of Clermont County, said the event went well March 22 and was the second hiring event out of three that will be held at Workforce One.

“We did 185 (applications) last Friday,” Sahlfeld said. “The last session is next Friday.”

Sahlfeld said she got in touch with Huhtamaki officials about hosting a hiring event for them.

She said as far as she knows, the job hiring events are the only times the company is accepting applications for entry level positions.

Positions that individuals could apply for at the hiring event included machine operator, packer, and warehouse material handler.

Each of the three positions have different descriptions and each requires different skills and physical abilities.

The machine operator is responsible for operating various machines, performing minor maintenance, maintaining department cleanliness, and more.

The packer is responsible for moving and staging products for packaging, data entry of production transactions, inspecting products while packaging, organizing a work area, and more.

The warehouse material handler is responsible for moving material throughout the facility, loading and unloading trucks, completing paperwork to document work performed, conducting material audits, and more.

Huhtamaki announced plans to purchase approximately 900,000 square feet of the former Ford plant in Batavia Township Feb. 12.

The company will use the space as a distribution center for manufacturing food packaging and tableware products.

During a ceremony held to announce the decision, officials with the company said they plan to hire approximately 237 people to work at the facility.

Clay Dunn, president of Huhtamaki Americas, said during the ceremony that they have already begun construction on the interior of the building and plan to begin production and distribution this year.

Sahlfeld said officials with the company will be contacting qualified individuals who applied to continue the hiring process in April.

Sahlfeld said the final job hiring event for Huhtamaki will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 29 at Workforce One of Clermont County, located at 756 Old SR 32.

She said individuals should come complete with information needed to complete an application, including a driver’s license, a resume, and three employment references.

For more information about the event, visit the website at or call Workforce One at (513) 943-3000.