CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gestamp North America is in the process of establishing a hiring process for work at the South Charleston stamping plant, a company official said Wednesday.
The company is not yet accepting job applications but officials expect to make announcements about hiring shortly, said John Craig, president of Gestamp North America.
"Some [positions will be filled] immediately and others toward the fourth quarter of this year," Craig said. "It's a typical ramp-up process."
West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette said Tuesday that the state has offered to handle job applications through Workforce West Virginia but that those details haven't been worked out.
Initially, the company will hire 300 to 400 workers with the potential for more later, Craig said.
The company has its headquarters in Madrid, Spain. The North American headquarters are in Troy, Mich. The South Charleston facility will be the sixth manufacturing location for Gestamp in the United States. It also has three in Mexico.
One of the U.S. manufacturing plants is in a business park near McCalla, Ala. The plant manufactures metal parts for Mercedes and employs between 250 and 500 workers depending on demand from Mercedes, said Ronnie Acker, a member of the Jefferson County (Ala.) Economic and Industrial Development Authority.
The jobs there pay between $50,000 and $120,000 annually, with a median income of $79,000.