HENNING — Full-Fill Industries is hiring again as the cooking-spray manufacturer's major expansion project has been finished and its three new production lines are now operational, according to company officials.
Jeff Owen with Full-Fill Industries said the third and final expansion line recently became fully operational, and the company has positions it needs to fill to accommodate the additional workload. The company, he said, held a job fair in Danville last year that proved successful, so another Full-Fill job fair has been scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
Full-Fill has become the nation's leading manufacturer of consumer and food-service cooking sprays after the local family-owned company entered into an agreement last year with ConAgra Foods to manufacture that company's cooking-spray products, which include Pam. The agreement required three more production lines and a major expansion of its facility, which already included three production lines and about 95 employees. Owen said Full-Fill now employs more than 170 and will go over the 200 mark as the company fills its open positions.
Full-Fill added the three new production lines in a 25,000-square-foot addition to its facility, which was once the grounds of Henning High School, located on the north end of the north-central Vermilion County village. To handle the shipping demand, the company also added 108,000 square feet of space for warehousing and several loading docks.
As part of the expansion, Full-Fill is seeking candidates for warehouse, forklift-driver, production and line-mechanic positions. Candidates should bring their resumes to the job fair and be prepared for immediate interviews. People interested in applying but unable to attend the job fair are encouraged to apply on Full-Fill's website, http://www.full-fill.com. A list of positions and job descriptions is available on the site.
Owen said as the new lines have become operational, the company has been hiring as needed and has filled most of its new administration positions and now is focusing on production, warehouse, forklift workers and line mechanics. With the major increase in product moving out of the facility, he said, logistics is important. He said the company obviously is interested in candidates with experience in any of those areas, but primarily is looking for employees committed to working, quality and safety.
To accommodate the increase in truck traffic through Henning to Full-Fill's site, the county highway department is overseeing the upgrade of about a mile of U.S. 136 through the village, according to Vermilion County Engineer Doug Staske. State economic development dollars have been pledged for 50 percent of the construction costs. Staske said the total cost of the project has not yet been finalized.
The project includes widening and improving the road bed, so it can handle the heavy trucks and increase in traffic, as well as new gutters and sidewalk. Construction was scheduled to begin this year, but Staske said it's now been delayed until spring because the utilities will not be relocated in time to begin this year.
He said phone lines and power lines on either side of the road must be moved, and that work should begin this month and finish this year. Staske said there are a lot of poles on either side of the road, and the hope is that some of those lines can be relocated underground.
Staske said construction will start as early as possible next year, and will take a full construction season, likely finishing at the end of next summer.