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Hilmar Cheese Company will conduct open interviews in their visitor center next week for 75 open positions within the company.

Locals in search of employment will have the opportunity to “say cheese” to a new career at an upcoming job fair.

Hilmar Cheese Company is hosting an on-site job fair next Thursday in the facility’s visitor center, conducting in-person interviews and extending offers on the spot. Prospective employees can review various open positions online prior to the event, including jobs at the company’s Hilmar plant as well as their location in Dalhart, Texas, which opened in 2007. 

In total, the company is hiring for 75 open positions: 51 in Hilmar, and another 24 in Texas. 

“We are excited to interview and extend job offers to qualified individuals right on the spot,” said Hilmar Cheese Company’s talent acquisition manager, Stephanie Miller. “...We look forward to meeting great candidates who want to improve lives, build and advance their careers.”

Of the 75 positions, openings include entry-level positions like Tower Operators, who run and maintain cheese towers and related equipment, and Packaging Operators, who assure product quality while operating packaging lines. Other openings, such as forklift and maintenance positions, require experience and start at $18.50 an hour. 

Hilmar Cheese Company is also hiring employees for the visitor center in Hilmar, a remote sales director and is offering several internship opportunities. Benefit packages are available as well as retirement options, tuition reimbursement and personal protective equipment for employees. 

The job fair comes as the unemployment rate in both Stanislaus and Merced counties took a dip in November, according to most recent data from the Employment Development Department. Stanislaus County’s unemployment rate was 6.2% in November, while Merced County’s was 7.6%.

Manufacturing in Stanislaus County dropped an estimated 600 jobs in November, primarily in food processing. In Merced County, the same sector dropped 1,400 jobs.

Come 2024, Hilmar Cheese Company will add another 247 jobs to the Kansas economy with their third expansion. The new state-of-the-art cheese and whey protein processing plant planned for Dodge City, Kansas, was announced by the company in May and will showcase the sustainable business model Hilmar Cheese Company has established in both California and Texas. 

The Hilmar Cheese Company job fair will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 13 upstairs in the visitor center, 9001 N. Lander Ave. in Hilmar. Attendees should bring their resume. To view current job openings, visit jobs.hilmarcheese.com.