Behind all of this, of course, is a growing workforce of manufacturing professionals. With the company now in peak production season, Paradigm is looking for new team members who are excited to build a career and develop valuable skills within Paradigm.
“We look to grow our employees and their careers,” said director of human resources Jennifer Morin. “For example, our plant manager, Julka Arsovski, began her career at Paradigm in 1999 making screens. Ted Sanborn, our continuous improvement supervisor, and Warren Winchester, our vinyl line production manager, both started at Paradigm out of high school and have been with us for 20 years and 13 years, respectively.”
“It’s not just a job,” said Winchester, “I made a career out of it.”
Paradigm currently employees about 230 staff at its plant located at 56 Milliken Street, which is off from Riverside Industrial Parkway in Portland. Arsovski plans to bring on an additional 15 to 20 employees over the next few weeks.
The company offers challenging and rewarding work, training support, and competitive compensation and benefits. Open positions include: first and second shift production jobs, as well as administrative, and driver openings, and a customer care position. Employees are cross-trained and work in teams; eventually, employees can perform almost every function at the plant.
Asked what they look for in recruits, Winchester said, “We are looking for individuals who enjoy a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Arsovski, who started on the production line and now oversees the Portland plant, looks for people who “want to influence what happens in their work environment,” adding that she appreciates when people bring ideas to the table.
Paradigm has an excellent training program in place to support even those with either basic skills or are transitioning from other professions. New employees are supported by team mentors who lead orientation and training. With a steady and long employment history, some of the company’s most experienced employees have been with Paradigm for 40 years.
“Our employees bring a diversity of educational backgrounds and career experiences, from high school graduates to newcomer professionals with experience as doctors, engineers, accountants, and more,” explains Morin.
In addition to providing stable, year-round employment, Paradigm offers a robust benefit package with medical, dental, and vision, tuition reimbursement, and overtime opportunities.
Employees also enjoy the satisfaction and pride of seeing the products they’ve created installed in homes, businesses, and institutions around the country; for example, Paradigm has worked on special projects at Elmira College and Collegetown near Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Paradigm also delivered oversized windows to the Augusta Airport, and has replaced windows at local mills. Every Paradigm product, including painting, Gold Label-certified by the American Architectural Manufacturing Association, the leading trade association representing window, door, skylight, curtain wall and storefront manufacturers and their suppliers.
If you’re looking for a great opportunity, take it from Warren Winchester: “I like the product we build, the people I work for and those I work with.”
For information on applying, call Jennifer at 207-747-5833 or stop by the showroom for an application. For more on the company, visit www.paradigmwindows.com.
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