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By Tom O'Dare [email protected] | Updated 9 hours ago

Any concerns that a new industry in Horry County might have a tough time finding enough qualified employees were put to rest.
More than 2,000 people applied for 30 jobs posted last month by PTR Industries, the gun company setting up shop near Aynor.
The rifle maker is moving its headquarters from Connecticut to the Cool Springs Business Park and plans to begin operating there as early as next month.
Local company spokesperson, Horry County Councilman Bob Grabowski, said PTR was pleasantly surprised by the job applicant response and says the interest is proof that Horry County is ripe for new industrial growth.

Grabowski said of the 2,000 who applied, 11 were hired for the initial startup in January.
“We tried to make sure not only that we hired qualified employees but we also wanted to make sure that each person works well together for a ‘happy family’ work atmosphere in the plant,” he said.

Applications were initially taken through the South Carolina Works offices. Those that were deemed qualified were referred to the main PTR office in Connecticut for a phone interview with either the company president or vice-president.

After passing the initial phone interview, applicants were directed to Grabowski for personal interviews.
Grabowski said another 10 or 11 employees would be hired to begin work in February followed by 10 more in March.
The company hopes to be in full-scale operation with up to 150 employees in the next two to three years.
Though he doesn’t know when the next application phase will begin, Grabowski said the next group of employees would include specialized CNC programmers and operators.

“We didn’t advertise for CNC personnel the first time around so we don’t have any to pull from the initial 2,000 applications,” he said. “These folks operate computer-generated lathe machinery because gun manufacturing has to be very precise. If anyone has this experience, they should apply when the application process is announced.”

Brad Lofton, CEO of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, said the huge response should be a welcome sign to other companies looking to locate in Horry County.

“When we announced that PTR had started hiring, there were over 1,800 applicants in the first 48 hours,” Lofton said. “This is a testament to the available workforce and number of people we have in Horry County that are eager to fill these year around, high-skilled manufacturing jobs.”
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