VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A major local manufacturer is hiring for numerous jobs right here in Hampton Roads.
STIHL Incorporated has immediate openings for more than 300 full-time jobs and is currently accepting applications.
The outdoor power equipment company says they are filling positions in every department from entry-level production and warehouse positions to management, supply chain, and other professional roles including human resources and sales.
“The majority of products that we sell across the U.S. are made right here, said Andrew Jaeckle, Senior Manager for Human Resources at STIHL Inc. in Virginia Beach. "We’re talking about 80 different model variations, and now we’re going to even start manufacturing even more battery-powered outdoor equipment right here across the street." STIHL makes both gas and battery-powered equipment.
The company's leaders know hiring will be a challenge.
"Almost every manufacturer in the U.S. is experiencing some type of supply chain challenge that is a result of the pandemic," Jaeckle added. But he says he feels their offerings set them apart.
Jaeckle says the jobs offer competitive wages and include a pension plan, health insurance, and an opportunity for bonuses. Entry-level pay starts at about $18 an hour.
"One, we’ve never had a layoff," Jaeckle explained. "Two, we offer just a regionally-leading, total compensation package that includes a pension plan which is really rare right now. Three, these are not seasonal jobs. These are jobs where you come in and you start a career."
Chuck Kellen is a leader in the engineering and maintenance department. He’s worked there for about 15 years in various roles.
“STIHL has been a great place to work. It’s been a great career,” Kellen said.
STIHL, Inc. is hosting several in-person hiring events including Friday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2600 International Parkway, Virginia Beach, 23452. Two more events will be held on November 16 and 17.
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