March 14 05:57 PM


Benteler, shreveport

 Company, LED FastStart® establish job website, with broader hiring to come later in 675-job project

SHREVEPORT, La. — Benteler Steel/Tube Manufacturing Corp., supported by LED FastStart, has begun the search for key positions to support the company's $900 million steel facility to be built at The Port of Caddo-Bossier in Shreveport. Details about the positions are posted on a new website, www.BentelerJobsInLouisiana.com. The site allows candidates to submit online applications for positions that are currently available. It also provides background on the seamless steel tube mill and steel mill project, which will be built in two phases encompassing 1.35 million square feet and leading to 675 jobs at full employment.

Construction of the seamless steel tube mill will begin this year and broader hiring will start in 2014. For now, Benteler Steel/Tube is seeking highly competitive candidates for three key positions: quality manager, hot rolling mill manager and finishing manager. Each of the three management positions requires an engineering degree and a minimum five years of management experience in a similar industry setting.

For applicants interested in broader hiring, www.BentelerJobsInLouisiana.com provides an easy registration to receive updates when other jobs are available. The website also includes a video of Gov. Bobby Jindal and Benteler Steel/Tube CEO Matthias Jaeger making the Benteler announcement in October 2012 and a video about Shreveport-Bossier City's quality of life.

As hiring increases in 2014 and 2015, the State of Louisiana, Bossier Parish Community College and regional partners – including the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, the City of Bossier City, and the Bossier Parish Police Jury – will establish a new $22 million training center focused on manufacturing technology at Bossier Parish Community College. That center will provide training for ongoing hiring at Benteler and other regional manufacturers.

Along with the state, the Red River Waterway Commission, Port of Caddo-Bossier and Caddo Parish Commission are making financial contributions to support the Benteler project, which LSU estimates will provide a $16.2 billion economic impact in Northwest Louisiana over the next two decades.

Benteler's facility will make products for the exploration and transportation of oil and natural gas, along with secondary markets in power generation and plant mechanical applications. Benteler expects to open its first Shreveport mill in the second half of 2015, followed by the opening of a steel production mill within the following four years at the company's 330-acre site at The Port of Caddo-Bossier.

LED FastStart – ranked the nation's No. 1 state workforce development training program – will provide support to Benteler throughout the job recruitment, screening, hiring and training process. The Benteler project also is expected to create an estimated 1,000 construction jobs in the Shreveport-Bossier City region.

About Benteler
Benteler Steel/Tube GmbH develops and produces customized tubes for selected customer groups and applications. Being a specialist for the manufacturing and processing of seamless hot-rolled steel tubes and seamless cold-drawn precision steel tubes, the company serves international customers in the automotive, OCTG/line pipe, heat transfer, hydraulics/precision engineering and construction sectors. The Benteler Group posted operating revenue exceeding $9 billion in 2011, an increase of about 14 percent over the prior year. Benteler Group employs more than 30,000 people at 170 locations in 38 nations worldwide. For more about Benteler, visit www.benteler.com

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