TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Toyota plant’s arrival in north Mississippi attracted the makers of automotive parts, and one of them wants new recruits.
"It's a lot of positions that we need here filled, and it's hard to find the people to do it," Walt Cummins of Martinrea said.
Cummins is the newly promoted assistant general manager at the Tupelo location.
He said that difficulty is something many businesses face right now, not just the one where he works.
"We are hiring skill trades in tool and die and maintenance, and we're also hiring skill trades in press operators and assembly operators," Cummins explained.
He said the company will bring people in and find out what they know. Some positions might require a degree and prior experience, but others do not.
"Press operators — we just look for people with mechanical abilities to be able to operate the presses. We have large presses here," he said.
Presser machines in the plant need operators. These machines press out metal pieces used in the vehicles.
Lisa Fields is a lead supervisor at Martinrea. She's worked at the company for twelve years.
"I didn't have any prior experience in automotive," she explained.
She said Martinrea taught her what she needed to know to be a great asset to the team.
For any new recruits, she advised them to come ready to learn.
"Come in with an open mind, open heart, because this is a great place to be," she said.
At the time of this story, Cummins said Martinrea had 22 job openings.