Window and door maker Deceuninck North America LLC is searching for new profiles for employees, and about a dozen new hires have signed up through Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
The Monroe, Ohio-based company — part of a Belgian window and door global supplier — is offering college students paid tuition and paychecks for at least 24 hours of work per week in the extrusion or lamination operations at its headquarters site about 30 miles from Cincinnati.
The university program is called Work Plus with the "plus" for students being an associate or bachelor's degree and experience at a major company in addition to paid tuition and an income of $10 to $14 an hour.
Deceuninck's North American operation in Monroe is located about 10 miles from one from university campus and 30 miles from another. Both are in the southwest area of the state, where four businesses in total will participate in Work Plus.
"Our main goal is giving back to the community and allowing students to graduate debt-free," Natasha Williams, Deceuninck's talent acquisition lead, said in a phone interview. "In return, we get individuals to work in the plant and in our line of business — manufacturing — it is a difficult area to staff nowadays."
Founded in 1937, Deceuninck manufactures PVC and composite profiles for windows and doors at 15 plants worldwide.
With $156 million in sales, the Hooglede-Gits, Belgium-based Deceuninck is the No. 32 pipe, profile and tubing extruder in North America, according to Plastics News' latest ranking.
The company's Ohio site is located near Cincinnati and its 301,300 residents, which widens the employee candidate pool, but a lack of public transportation creates a barrier.