Latest step for $900 million expansion in Luling
More than half of the planned new hires to its workforce for Monsanto’s Luling plant expansion have been made, with the hiring of approximately 40 technicians set to happen in the next few months.
With Monsanto continuing to prepare for the more than $900 million expansion, spokesman Enrique Whelen said the next wave of hires are slated in that time frame to allow close to one year’s worth of training leading up to the expansion’s completion.
Whelen said Monsanto has been actively hiring and training since the expansion was announced. While some positions require prior experience — as two current openings listed on the company’s website necessitate — he also noted Monsanto partners with technical schools to manage a PTEC program focused on people from technical schools without experience, and that the company offers many different trainings throughout the year for its employees depending on the need, be it management or technical training.
Whelen said the company is also exploring ways to expand those trainings to include potential hires out of high school who have not attended a technical school, but that the program is not yet developed.
In all, the boost to Monsanto’s workforce is expected to total approximately 120 full-time employees added for the expansion, along with 20 additional contractors, which will increase the payroll by $17 million. Additional impact from the expansion is the necessitation of more than 1,000 construction jobs, the company estimates.
Interested candidates may visit Monsanto.com/careers as openings are announced.
Plans to pursue the expansion project were announced in June of 2015. Ground broke on the project in February of last year. The project is the largest single investment in the company’s history. Previously, the company finished an approximate $200 million expansion of the plant in 2010.
The expansion entails adding the capability of making dicamba at the plant. Plans are to begin doing so by 2020.