BRUNSWICK, Maine — The bricks are being set, the mortar is drying and production line machinery is on the way. What remains now is finding people to run it.
Molnlycke Health Care is advertising for production operators, quality assurance and maintenance technicians, facilities and manufacturing equipment engineers, warehouse and shipping workers, and some administrative positions, Human Resources Manager Lisa Lutterman said.
Thirty-five to 45 employees will be hired at first, with others added as business dictates, she said.
Ten already have been hired. Lutterman said most of the applicants so far — about 80 percent — have come from Maine.
“Most of the local applicants stack up well,” Lutterman said. “We’re trying to find the right candidates with the right combination of experience and skills. But, in general, we’ve been able to fill the positions from the local market.”
Under construction since early in 2012, Molnlycke’s $14 million, 72,000- square-foot plant at Brunswick Landing is near completion and scheduled to open by early summer.
The first class of production operators is scheduled to begin training at the end of February, with full production of the company’s single-use wound care products likely by May or June.
The building will house manufacturing, quality assurance laboratories, offices, warehousing and research and development.
Sterility is key in medical supply production; much of the space at the company’s 192 Admiral Fitch Ave. building is designed to “clean room” standards.
High-tech foam produced at the former Rynel plant in Wiscasset will be delivered to the Brunswick Landing facility, where it will be processed into several product lines of bandages. The finished products then are shipped to Molnlycke’s distribution complex in Anderson, S.C., and then to hospitals and clinics around the world.
Molnlycke acquired Rynel, one of its principal suppliers, in 2010. Part of the reason the Swedish giant decided to build in Brunswick was because of the proximity to the Wiscasset plant.
Municipal officials in November approved a tax increment financing district, or TIF, around the building. Over the TIF’s 30-year lifespan, the town estimates it will receive almost $14 million in General Fund revenue from the agreement.
Applications and more information can be found at www.molnlycke.com.