Hyundai GLOVIS CEO discusses hiring for Shreveport jobs
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - For several weeks, KSLA News 12 has been tracking down the answers to residents' questions about jobs coming at the new Hyundai GLOVIS inland distribution center in Shreveport.
The company announced Jan. 4 its intent to occupy the former General Motors plant, directly creating 150 jobs and indirectly adding more than 200 jobs.
As of late April, there still are only seven Shreveport job listings on GLOVIS' website.
Caddo Parish leaders have said the hiring process is entirely up to GLOVIS.
"The ball has always been in GLOVIS' court," District 4 Caddo Commissioner Matthew Linn said.
The parish no longer owns or controls the property on which the former GM plant sits, he said.
"We sold to the Industrial Development Board or gave it to the Industrial Development Board, which is an arm's length entity that controls Caddo Parish economic development."
KSLA News 12 then contacted GLOVIS America's president and CEO, Glenn Clift, a week ago.
"As of today, we have 134 full-time employees paid for by GLOVIS but hired through Kelly Services," he said Tuesday, referring to an employment agency with offices in Shreveport.
"Most of these employees will be brought on to GLOVIS' payroll in the near future," Clift said. "As of today, we also have seven employees on GLOVIS' payroll.
"It is almost impossible for me to confirm the indirect jobs already filled," he continued.
"But I know that our inbound vehicle vendors - Union Pacific Railroad, Ship Cars Now, Road Runner and several truckers - have added staff and equipment to handle this volume."
According to Clift, the inland distribution center is in the final stage of completion.
"The vehicle processing area is 95% complete," he said. "Vehicle storage area (parking lots) are still in the development stage and about 60% complete. The processing area will be completed by the end of April."
"The storage area completion is very difficult to pin down," he went on. "Our only requirement is that storage areas are finalized prior to needing them for vehicles arriving. We have begun processing and shipping vehicles to dealers earlier this month so as vehicles leave the facility, our needs for additional space are reduced."
Clift also told KSLA the seven Shreveport listings on their website are still open.
"These positions are still open although we have some applicants that are already in the review process. We are extremely happy with the applicants we have been getting," he said.
KSLA also asked Clift if more jobs are still available.
"We will continue adding additional headcount as the facility matures and the workload increases. Based upon the higher than expected vehicle arrivals, I believe we will easily exceed our original hire plan," Clift predicted.
"This facility will receive between 300 to 450 vehicles per day on average. We are already in that range for receipts," he continued.
According to Clift, GLOVIS is not planning a formal job fair since Kelly Services is overseeing hiring at the center.
"Based upon the workforce we have already assembled, it appears Kelly Services is filling positions with highly qualified individuals without the need for a formal job fair," he said.
Linn told KSLA this news of hiring is great news for the area.
"I'm thrilled that GLOVIS is hiring here. They are well-needed jobs," he said. "It's my understanding that there are a lot of cars out there, waiting for workers to bring them up to dealer's specs."
North Louisiana Economic Partnership previously told KSLA News 12 that the economic development organization is planning a job fair but has not yet set a date.
Representatives of Kelly Services' office in Shreveport said anyone interested in the GLOVIS jobs can apply through the agency's office at 425 Ashley Ridge Blvd. The telephone number is (318) 869-0835.
And Clift said the seven positions on his company's website still are open.
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