Source: The Oak Ridger | Sara Wise | March 23, 2015
After a lengthy presentation about his company during the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s “One Voice – One Vision” luncheon Thursday, Chemical Vapour Metal Refining Inc. (CVMR) President Michael Hargett announced that company officials plan to hire locally all but 50 of the 620 jobs the company’s move to Oak Ridge will bring.
Hargett said that two websites and a telephone number will be publicized April 1 for applicants to submit resumes.
“One website will be oriented toward the job applicants, the second will be oriented toward vendors,” Hargett said. After the job seekers submit their application materials electronically, company personnel will contact them for the screening and interview processes.
Officials with the company announced last Friday that CVMR will move its headquarters from Toronto to Oak Ridge. Company officials were joined for the announcement by Gov. Bill Haslam, Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, state Economic and Community Development Director Randy Boyd and other notable community members and politicians.
During the Chamber luncheon on Thursday, Hargett said the company considered three other states in deciding on where to relocate. He said Oak Ridge was chosen because of the quality of its workforce.
“There was no question that we could get that superior workforce consistent with our needs,” Hargett told the standing-room-only crowd at the Riverside Grille. “That was what made the difference for Oak Ridge.”
During their announcement last week, CVMR officials announced plans to invest $313 million to establish their new facility, create the CVMR Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Powder Metallurgy and production facilities for “a wide spectrum” of advanced metal products.
The new facility, located at 103 Palladium Way in the Horizon Center in Oak Ridge, will house CVMR’s corporate headquarters, research and development, production of nano materials and metallurgical coating services, customer support, product development and planning for U.S. production facilities. The Centre will focus on production of new metallurgical products to benefit the metal industry.