1,500 jobs available at Continental Tire site

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Get your resumes together, more than 1,500 jobs are now available at Continental Tire in Sumter County.

Construction is moving right along on the new plant, and it will be completed by the end of the year.

On Friday, the automotive supplier announced it's ready to hire 60 people.

Craig Baartman is project manager and is looking for the new employees.

"This is a game-changer," Baartman said of the new facility. "We believe this is a game-changer for Sumter."

The company is currently looking for skilled workers in engineering and management.

Baartman expects the new 1 million square foot site will bring growth to Highway 521.

"It will attract business, people, tourists," Baartman said.

With a county hovering around an 11.4 percent jobless rate, Baartman believes Continental will do wonders for the local economy. The company is also partnering with local employment agencies and the Central Carolina Technical College to help get candidates trained.

"For those folks out there that are wanting a career, wanting to move on in life, here's a golden opportunity," Baartman said.

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