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Algoma steel plant hiring in the Sault

Company wants to hire for production, trades and professional positions
Algoma issued a press release on Aug. 3 to indicate it was in hiring mode. (Algoma photo)

Algoma — formerly known as Essar Steel Algoma — is hiring at its Sault Ste. Marie steel plant despite an ongoing restructuring process.

The company issued an Aug. 3 press release in which it said it was recruiting for 63 production positions, ranging from general labour duties to the receipt of raw materials and shipment of product to production operations.

In addition, Algoma said it requires another 45 people to fill trades and professional job opportunities.

“People talk about a lack of jobs for our youth. The fact is we have hired 270 people in the last 18 months into salaried, trades and production positions,” said Jim Rennie, the company’s vice-president of human resources, said in the release.

“These are good, full-time career opportunities at very competitive wages. These are the kinds of jobs that support families and build communities.”

“We have 700 employees eligible to retire today,” Rennie added.

“As these people transition into retirement there is a positive net new economic impact in our community – one collecting a pension, another collecting a salary. We may not be growing our headcount, but our demographics are shifting and this means opportunity for those seeking both entry level and mid-career jobs.”

To qualify for a production position, candidates must have their Grade 12 diploma or equivalent and be able to satisfy all necessary pre-employment testing. Preference is given to those with a related post-secondary diploma or degree, an AZ or DZ licence, and/or relevant industrial work experience. Additional criteria are outlined in the job posting on the company website.

Qualified candidates are invited to send their resume to before Sept. 30, 2017.

Algoma filed for creditor protection under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act on Nov. 9, 2015, and has received a number of extensions since then to remain operational.