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The president of Kent-based trailer manufacturer MAC LTT said the company will hire up to 50 new employees as soon as they can fill the positions as it prepares to launch a new product line.
MAC LTT President Jim Maiorana said the firm needs more welders and mechanics so it can ramp up production on the 406 fuel hauler, which can be used to transport gasoline and diesel fuel. He said applicants who wish to apply for the positions can stop by the company's front office at 1400 Fairchild Ave. during weekday business hours.
"We'd like them to stop in so we have a chance to meet them," Maiorana said. "A lot of the guys we give a weld test immediately and hire them on the spot if they can weld."
Since opening in fall 2011, Maiorana said MAC LTT has added 135 employees at the former Fontaine Trailer facility. He said the company has not had a hard time finding new employees whenever expansion is necessary.
MAC LTT added about 25 employees last spring when it began work on its DOT 407 trailers, which are mainly used for transporting water and other fluids by the oil and gas extraction industries.
Maiorana said the new line will differ from the 407 line because the 406 trailers are typically not used in the oil and gas extraction industries. He said the company has grown a little slower than he initially expected, but he believed the launch of the 406 line would lead to a big year for MAC LTT.
"We're looking for a busy year," Maiorana said. "This new product line will be our biggest product line. By next year we'll be building more of these gas haulers than our oil (transportation) equipment."
The company expects to produce one of the 406 fuel haulers per day after adding new employees.
In 2011, the state of Ohio approved $6 million in financing and grant funding to help facilitate MAC LTT's expansion to Kent. Its parent company, MAC Trailer, already had operations in Alliance and Salem.
Before MAC LTT launched, company officials said they expected the Kent expansion to employ about 250 employees by its third year.
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Oh, no. They're going to make trailers to be used by the fracking industry at a factory in Kent? Won't the anti-fracking people take conniptions?