- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) - Pfizer Inc. is looking for hundreds more employees for its plant in the small Kansas town of McPherson, where it already employs about 2,000 people.

The company, which manufactures injectable medicines, is scouring the state for 350 more workers because of increased demand for its product, said Carole Johnson, Pfizer’s McPherson site leader

A 3.3 percent unemployment rate in Kansas is making it more challenging to find new workers for a variety of positions, including production supervisors, project managers, and microbiologists, Johnson said.

“We’re not just looking for people with a pharmaceutical background, because obviously there’s not a lot of pharmaceutical companies around here,” she told The Wichita Eagle .

“We’re looking for a lot of engineers … as well as a lot of the skilled trades, because we need people to maintain and run the equipment,” she said.

Pfizer has held well-attended job fairs in Wichita and Salina and expects recruitment to stretch into next year.

The plant annually produces 125 millions of units of medicine for ailments including high blood pressure, infections and pain relief. Many of the products are used in hospitals and emergency rooms.

Since 2015, Pfizer has invested $350 million in the plant in McPherson, which has a population of just over 13,200. Many of the open positions don’t require a scientific or medical education because the investment has brought new, more automated equipment to the plant.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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