FARGO - Marvin Windows is sweetening the deal for potential new hires.
The company plans to celebrate National Manufacturing Day - Friday, Oct. 1 - by giving area manufacturing employees free scoops of ice cream or cookie dough at both Scoop N Dough Candy Co. locations in Fargo.
The window and door builder will also have employees available at the shops to provide information on jobs at Marvin. Applications will be available on-site, and those who submit an application will get a second free scoop of ice cream or cookie dough.
The folks at Marvin think it's a hiring blitz that's hard to top.
"We thought that would be a fun way to celebrate ... not only Marvin employees, but also manufacturing employees in the region," Lexi Jorgenson, a Fargo-based marketing strategist said Thursday, Sept. 23. "We're excited to try something new."
"We’re excited to celebrate National Manufacturing Day in our community with other manufacturers after what has been an incredibly busy year industry-wide,” said Cairn Reisch, community relations manager at Marvin.
Marvin has a few locations sprinkled on the west side of the Red River. There are two manufacturing plants and a research and development facility in West Fargo, and one plant in Fargo, Jorgenson said.
The company has about 1,300 employees in Fargo and West Fargo, and is seeking to hire 80 workers yet in 2021. The firm aims to add 250 more in 2022 as it expands, she said.
A new distribution center will open in early 2022, with plans for further growth, she said.
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There are a variety of positions available, including engineers, human resources professionals, production workers and supervisors, and maintenance personnel..
"We do have a really robust training program and onboarding where we focus on teaching all of our new employees - regardless of their position - about what goes into making a window, the terminology that's used on our production floor, how to test for the quality of our parts that are used in manufacturing of those windows and doors, as well as a really extensive safety education program," Jorgenson said.
"So even if someone doesn't have a background in manufacturing, we teach them .... to make sure that they'll be successful" and knowledgeable about what Marvin produces., she said. "We have a lot of people who maybe have a background in food service or retail or other positions that aren't directly related to manufacturing. We teach them and often they excel.."
Jorgenson said ice cream has always been a big hit at the company's annual family picnics, so offering Scoop N Dough seemed like a cool thing to do.
The company says it is paying employees more dough, having increased starting pay to $18.50 per hour earlier this year. Online applications can be found at marvin.com/joinus.
Marvin is a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated business headquartered in Warroad, Minn. The firm has more than 6,000 employees across 16 cities in North America.
The firm also plans to hold a hiring fair 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the West Fargo north facility. The event will include tours of the facility, on-the-spot interviews and hiring, Jorgenson said.