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Applications are now being taken at Vandalia City Hall for Atlas 46, a new business moving to the downtown area.
The business, headquartered in Fenton, MO, with facilities in Hillsboro as well, is looking to begin manufacturing in early June, says Kyle Anderson, area manager for the company.
“In the initial hiring phase, we will be bringing on six. We will be accessing the applications, see what we get through this process, then call the management down to do open interviews,” he said. “When they come in we sit them down at a machine to see how comfortable they may be with the job.”
The company hopes to eventually hire 60-100 employees for the Vandalia facility, and possibly more as the business expands.
“One thing about our business is that we hire ex-felons and ex-military,” Anderson said. “We don’t discriminate.”
Atlas 46 is a USA manufacturer that allows consumers to order directly from the company. Production facilities are built in rural communities to help revitalize the downtown districts.
The company offers an extensive product line and handcrafted, made to order items such as battery clips, tool pouches and vests, holsters, and other similar items.
“We have a laid back environment and employees wear what they want to wear to work,” Anderson says.
The area manager says that the Vandalia facility will start with the manufacturing of some of the smaller items to begin with, and next will bring in seamsters and seamstresses.
“We offer a competitive benefits package, and within the first year, employees have an opportunity for up to three raises,” he says. “We tailor our products to the skill set of our employees. As their education and muscle memory increases, we will increase the number of products we will make.”
But why Vandalia?
“Hillsboro was our guinea pig. We wanted to see if the modular syle of manufacturing would work and it turned out to be a success,” Anderson explained. “We have a pretty symbiotic relationship with the community. We love the challenge of renovating an old building and really enjoy the process. The town has given us a really great reception.”
“At Hillsboro, we had a great mentality and support over there. We are looking where people are hungry and are looking to help their downtown. Vandalia checked off all of those boxes,” he said.
The business has both a retail store and manufacturing side to the business. Those interested may inquire about applications with Ecomonic Development Director Amber Daulbaugh at city hall.