Louis Vuitton hosts Jan.31 job fair in Keene
Johnson County ranchers who raise livestock for America’s dinner table now have the opportunity to turn Ol’ Bessy’s hide into a purse.
Louis Vuitton, the 163-year-old maker of high-end luxury leather goods with the iconic label, announced this week it is hiring for artisans to sew leather goods at one of its manufacturing workshops to be built next year on 256 acres at 5520 County Road 316 near Keene.
The company is hosting a job fair from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Southwestern Adventist University. To apply for an appointment-only interview, interested applicants must call or email before Jan. 24 to 626-388-2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The appointments at Southwestern feature a company overview, interview and manual dexterity tests, according to information provided by LV. (See the LV ad on page 3A)
No experience is required and training will be provided at the company’s temporary location in Grapevine, near D/FW International Airport. The starting salary is $11.50 per hour for a 40-hour week that offers a first shift from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a second shift from 2:30-11 p.m., the LV release indicates. There is a differential in salary for those working the second shift.
Benefits include paid time off, medical/dental/vision coverage, a 401K, profit share and company-paid life insurance, the LV release reads.
“We’re excited about Louis Vuitton hiring,” said Michael Talley, Keene economic development director. “We thought it was important to hold the job fair in Keene and appreciate the support of Southwestern Adventist University President Dr. Ken Shaw for providing the facilities to host the meetings and interviews.”
Although the property is in the unincorporated area of the county, Keene has applied for a $1.25 million capital funds grant to widen CR 316 to accommodate the expected increase in traffic volume from Vuitton’s employees who will be hired within the next couple of years, Talley said. That portion of CR 316 is inside Keene extraterritorial jurisdiction, he said.
Johnson County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Diana Miller said Vuitton is a huge corporate addition to the county.
”Louis Vuitton has existed since 1854 and produces the finest trunks, luggage and handbags in the world,” Miller said. “Today it has 17 leather goods workshops and is committed to the finest craftsmanship transmitted from generation to generation. The project will invest more than $20 million in a 100,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility and have between 100 to 500 employees.”
Texas was one of five states in competition for the plant, and was chosen by Vuitton over North Carolina, Miller said.
“Johnson County afforded the company a larger workforce, an international airport, central location in the U.S. and a qualified economic development liaison to work with the company on state programs,” Miller said.
The Johnson County location was chosen by the company for its picturesque landscape and quiet atmosphere to inspire their artisans, Miller said.