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Metaplant to hold job fair at OTC December 6
Hyundai seeking applicants for production, maintenance positions

Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America will hold a job fair Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Ogeechee Technical College.

The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the main Joseph Kennedy Building on the OTC campus.

According to Hyundai Motor Group, recruiters from the Metaplant will be on site to discuss available positions, on-job training, company benefits and to help attendees learn about starting a career. And, for those with experience, growing their career in the manufacturing facility.

At the fair, the Metaplant is seeking applicants in three areas: production, equipment maintenance, and stamping die maintenance. Production team members start at $22.40 per hour, while maintenance team members start at $30.70 per hour. 

Applications and job descriptions are available online at Applications also will be available at the event. 

HMG’s Metaplant America, in Ellabell on a site provided by the four-county I-16 Joint Development Authority and the state, is slated to begin production of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2025. With complementary on-site production of EV batteries, the Metaplant is now projected to directly create about 8,500 jobs. 

In September, Ogeechee Tech and Georgia Southern University signed agreements that formalize the schools’ commitments to educate engineers and skilled maintenance and production workers at the Metaplant.

At the same time, OTC President Lori Durden announced Ogeechee Tech’s commitments include plans to offer two technical certificates of credit, known as TCCs, in subjects related to Hyundai Motor Group’s production of electric vehicles and the increasing use of electric and hybrid vehicles generally.

These will be an Electric Vehicle Professional TCC and a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Repair Technician TCC.

“Additionally, the college will deliver industrial maintenance training for Hyundai employees as requested,” Durden said.

The noncredit industrial maintenance training will be housed in Ogeechee Tech’s planned Georgia Industrial Systems and Industrial Robotics Training Facility, she said. A contractor has been hired to build the almost $20 million facility, on the opposite side of U.S. Highway 301, not far from the main OTC campus south of Statesboro.

“Our goal is to get that facility open in first or second quarter of 2025,” Durden said.

In September, Brent Stubbs, head of learning and development for HMG Metaplant America, told the Statesboro Herald HMG plans to hire 1,000 people in the coming year.

“We’ve already hired some people, and what’s exciting is, they’re all local,” he said. “They’re all from this area, many from right here in Bulloch County.”

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