American Greetings Adding 125 Workers at Osceola

by Mark Friedman  on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 11:07 am  

American Greetings of Cleveland is adding 125 workers at its Osceola plant, according to Clif Chitwood, executive director of the Great River Economic Development Foundation.

The jobs will be for the card's new line that allows customers to design a card online, have it printed at the Osceola plant and returned to the customer within 24 hours, he said.

The service has "been a big hit for them," Chitwood said. "It's really taken off."

The line started out with only 10 part-time workers, he said.

The jobs will pay between $16 and $20 an hour, Chitwood said.

American Greetings is expected to continue hiring workers for the line for the next six months, or so, he said.

Mississippi County Planning & Development recently agreed to use $1.25 million from Mississippi County's half-percent sales tax that’s earmarked for economic development to help American Greetings upgrade its plant for the expansion. Mississippi County's Quorum Court still has to approve the request. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 28.

American Greetings employees about 1,300 to 1,400 workers at the Osceola plant.

The card manufacturer reported $1.7 billion in revenue and a profit of $57.2 million for its fiscal year that ended in Feb. 29. A year earlier, it had $1.6 billion in revenue and a profit of $87 million.

An American Greetings spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions Wednesday morning about the expansion.



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