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AIM member GM starts hiring at Wentzville

Associated Industries of Missouri member General Motors has begun to increase its workforce at its plant in Wentzville.

AIM is proud that GM is able to use the Manufacturing Jobs Act authored by AIM during the 2010 special legislative session to help create these new jobs.

Union officials quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article say GM is hiring 35 to 50 workers a week for the next several months. The jobs pay $15.78 an hour for entry level positions, which rises to more than $19 an hour after four years. Some of the jobs are being filled by GM workers from other locations, but most of the jobs are new hires.

The plant currently makes the Chevy Express and GMC Savanna full-sized vans. Later this year, the plant will begin manufacturing two newly redesigned pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon.

The plant currently has 2,100 employees, that’s up from 1400 employees in 2011. It was at that time the company announced it would invest $380 million and add or retain 1,260 jobs at the facility for the new pickup line. Last year, the automaker announced another $133 million investment in Wentzville for a third stamping press system.

Plant manager Nancy Laubenthal tells the Post Dispatch that the company has an existing pool of candidates that includes referrals from plant employees and referrals from government agencies. Laubenthal says GM is looking for those who are focused, can work well in a team setting and are safety conscious.

Applicants can apply for jobs at jobs.gm.com

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