Flex-N-Gate is hiring 300 workers at a new auto parts factory in Hegewisch just across the state line.
The Urbana, Illinois-based auto parts supplier had a job fair at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland earlier this week and is planning another hiring event from noon to 5 p.m. Monday at the Olive Harvey College South Chicago Campus, 3055 E 92nd St. in Chicago. The supplier is looking to hire production workers, automation technicians, forklift drivers, materials coordinators and supervisors, among other positions.
The full-time auto worker jobs offer a range of benefits including health care, 401(k) retirement plans and tuition reimbursement, as well as "competitive" wages.
The company — the 10th largest original equipment manufacturer in the United States, according to the trade publication Automotive News — is owned by Shahid Khad, who also owns the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars. The first-tier automotive supplier makes a wide array of vehicle parts, such as complete bumper assemblies, mechanical assemblies, exterior plastic trim, complex welded structural assemblies and aluminum and steel modular stamped body-in-white and chassis assemblies.
Flex-N-Gate is investing $30 million in its new 288,000-square-foot facility at 2924 E. 126th St. in Hegewisch, near Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant, which it will send parts to as a just-in-time supplier. The hope is the factory will be open by the first quarter of next year.