Feb 9, 2017 – Tristan Navera, Dayton Business Journal
With plans to bring a 180,000-square-foot bio-tech manufacturing facility online in Dayton, San Diego’s NuVasive Inc. says it’s hiring 200 or more people locally this year.
NuVasive (NYSE: NUVA) is in the middle of setting up a $45 million manufacturing facility in West Carrollton, which will be where all of its medical implants and other devices around the world are produced. The company is moving some operations from a Fairborn site to Liberty Lane where it will make spinal implants and other things for its growing global business.
“We intend to front-load all of the recruiting and in-sourcing so we can get a good year of production,” said Reuen Perez, NuVasive’s senior director of manufacturing. “We have been making good progress by and large considering volume, we want to reinforce our brand in the community.”
The company is 25 to 30 positions behind where it’s looking to be, and it’s re-tooling its strategy to attract more people and ensure it doesn’t fall behind schedule, from local advertisement to more grassroots recruiting such as hitting happy hour spots.
NuVasive wrapped up 2016 with 49 local workers, and in the first quarter it must hire 70 people. For the rest of the year it will add another 120 to 150 people to reach about 300 by year’s end — close to full-scale operations as the plant hits 85 percent to 90 percent of start-up.