GM to hire at least 1,200 for Wentzville plant

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by Emily Rau / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 5:51 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 4:48 PM

(KMOV.com) – A General Motors official says the company plans to hire about 35 to 50 workers a week for the next several months for production of two new mid-sized trucks.

GM spokeman Dave Baldbridge said the company will create or retain 1260 jobs.

Baldridge also told News 4 the new hires will work in production. The company plans to start assembling the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon at the Wentzville plant later this year. 

Last year, the company announced a $133 million expansion to add a third stamping press, which cuts sheets of metal into car parts like doors and side panels.

GM will be hiring from an existing pool of candidates at the start of the process, but could expand to a larger pool in the next few months. Those openings have yet to be posted to the company's website.

The positions start at almost $16 an hour and will increase to $19 after four years.

Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione told News 4's Emily Rau the hiring announcement is "good news for Wentzville," and will help economic development.

The Wentzville plant employs 2,100 workers. Of that number, 1,900 are in production and the remaining work in salary.

For more information, visit any of these three sites:

http://jobs.mo.gov/

http://us.jobs/

http://showmeheroes.mo.gov

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