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Invacare seeks new employees


ELYRIA — Invacare Corp. is seeking new employees three months after it resumed full operations at its Taylor Street manufacturing facility.

A job fair is schedule for 1 to 6 p.m. today at the company’s headquarters at 1 Invacare Way. Company representatives will meet with potential employees as Invacare plans to hire workers skilled at computer numerical control, welding, assembly, sewing and machine operation.

Company spokeswoman Lara Mahoney said Invacare is hiring because work has increased as a result of the company having satisfied the requirements of a consent decree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“Now that we are able to sell freely from the Taylor Street power wheelchair facility, we are starting to see more production in the plant,” she said. “We are currently looking to fill 15 to 20 positions, and we’ll continuously reassess our hiring needs.”

The consent decree, which had been in effect since Dec. 21, 2012, stemmed from violations found during FDA inspections between 2002 and 2012. It called for Invacare to stop manufacturing, designing and distributing manual and powered wheelchairs and components at its Elyria facilities until it met certain standards.

The FDA, after an on-site inspection that started May 30 of this year, said Invacare had met the last standards. Employees who weathered five years with the company heard the news that production could resume in a July announcement by company executives.

The medical equipment producer employed 1,000 people before the federal agency halted full production. Invacare now employs about 600 people.

Invacare’s job fair comes as Elyria officials are working on a new initiative to encourage more interest in manufacturing jobs in the city. The Elyria Works Now initiative is the city’s proposal for Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge that was borne out of the misconception that manufacturing jobs do not exist in the city.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

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