Jerome's Hilex Poly Co. receives $157,500 to train 45 employees

Published: Sep. 23, 2016 at 12:37 PM MDT
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Hilex Poly Co. will use $157,500 in Idaho Workforce Development Training funds from the Department of Labor to hire and train 45 new employees in equipment operations, mechanics, quality assurance, safety, training and materials handling.

Wages for the 45 new positions will range from $22.50 to no less than $12 per hour and will average $15.48 per hour with employer-assisted medical benefits.

Hilex Poly expects all the new employees will be hired by Sept. 30, 2017.

Hilex Poly manufactures plastic retail bags and produce bags. The company also has a recycling center where the plastic retail bags are turned back into resin pellets and then into new retail bags.

Idaho’s Workforce Development Training Fund, established in 1996 by the Idaho Department of Labor, is used to reimburse businesses for the cost of training new workers or retraining existing workers with skills necessary for specific economic opportunities and industrial expansion initiatives.

Eligible businesses must produce a product or service sold outside their region, and the jobs must pay at least $12 an hour and include employer-assisted health insurance. The fund is financed by a 3 percent set-aside of the unemployment insurance taxes paid by businesses each year.

Learn more about the fund on the Labor