Invacare looks to hire again

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

ELYRIA, Ohio – After a consent decree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration forced Invacare to reduce its workforce a number of times in the past few years, the company is ready to hire again.

Invacare is hosting a job fair today at its corporate headquarters, with an eye toward hiring workers skilled in computer numerical control, welding, assembly, sewing and machine operation, according to The Chronicle Telegram.

Invacare’s Lara Mahoney told the local newspaper that the company is looking to hire in response to an increase in business in the wake of the FDA in July clearing it to resume full operations at its headquarters and Taylor Street manufacturing facility.

“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 told The Chronicle Telegram. “We are currently looking to fill 15 to 20 positions, and we’ll continually reassess our hiring needs.”

The consent decree limited Invacare’s ability to make and sell products from its corporate headquarters and Taylor Street facility for nearly five years.

Invacare’s most recent round of layoffs was in May, when it reduced its workforce by 50 associates. Since 2014, the company has reduced its workforce by a total of about 370 associates.