Scott Confirms 480+ New Jobs At West Fraser In McDavid, Pensacola Call Center
July 18, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Wednesday morning that dozens of new jobs are coming to McDavid as the West Fraser sawmill reopens after sitting idle for four years, and he also announced over 400 new jobs at an expanded CHCS Services and the iGATE call center in Pensacola.
West Fraser Restart
As NorthEscambia.com first reported last week, West Fraser is looking to fill over 80 openings for their newly reopened McDavid Mill on Champion Drive. The company has turned to Workforce Escarosa for assistance in filling a long list of positions, which are both hourly and salaried. The company plans to eventually hire up to 100 people.
“We are pleased to be able to restart our McDavid sawmill,” said West Fraser Vice President of U.S. Lumber Operations Sean McLaren.“We are looking forward to training staff who will be working with us and investing capital to improve the mill’s operations.”
Requirements and qualifications vary by position type. All of the jobs are full time with a benefits package.
In late 2008, the West Fraser McDavid mill was closed, putting about 75 people out of work. The company also closed a mill in Citronelle in 2008, cutting about 100 jobs.
The McDavid mill produces Southern Yellow Pine lumber and has an annual production capacity of about 200 million board feet. At the time it was closed in 2008, the mill was running just one shift, producing about 75 million board feet.
During the first quarter of 2013, West Fraser reported earnings of $67 million or $1.57 per share on sales of $863 million. During the same quarter in 2012, the company lost $19 million.
To view complete job descriptions and apply for available positions, visit www.employflorida.com. Or to complete an application in person, visit the Workforce Escarosa Century One-Stop at 8120 North Century Boulevard from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
iGATE owns CHCS Services, a longstanding local information technology company that will be expanding its corporate headquarters in the downtown Pensacola area and hiring as many as 385 full time employees.
“Our center in Pensacola is one of our three delivery hubs in the U.S.,and we are pleased with the talent available in the region,” said Dr. Srinivas Kandula, EVP and Global Head of Human Resources for iGATE.“We are happy that our efforts have contributed to the Chamber’s vision as we look to invest further in the region and continue to create jobs across our locations in the U.S.”
Chamber Tops 2015 Goal
The Greater Pensacola Chamber said Wednesday morning that the new jobs in McDavid and Pensacola has surpassed its Vision 2015 goal of creating 3,000 high wage jobs–two years earlier than anticipated.
“Today’s announcement of more than 480jobs being created in Pensacola is great news for the families living in the area and further proof that the policies we’ve put into place over the last two years are working,”said Governor Scott. “I would like to thank iGATE and West Fraser for taking notice of Florida’s improving business climate and making a tremendous investment that will get more than 480 Floridians the chance to pursue their dreams in Florida.”
Senate President Don Gaetz (R Niceville) said Wednesday marked a momentous occasion, not only for the state, but also for the residents of Escambia County and Northwest Florida. “The leadership of Governor Scott and the persistence and dedication of the business community have created a stable and predictable business environment,”said Gaetz. “As a result, more and more great companies are planting their roots and investing their futures in our Northwest Florida communities.”
Pictured: Gov. Rick Scott announces the restart of the West Fraser McDavid Sawmill Wednesday morning in Pnesacola. Courtesy photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.