FRANKFORT — One of Benzie County’s biggest employers is looking to fill 35 permanent job openings.
Doug Rath, Graceland Fruit’s human resources director, said a sales spike prompted the company to expand its production line. The dried fruit processor will host a series of job fairs in the region to fill the positions.
“Some of these positions are new and some are filling in vacancies we’ve been trying to fill for a little while now,” Rath told the Record-Eagle on Wednesday. “Our sales are expanding a little bit and we’ve got some assets that are sitting idle. We can’t run more assets without having more people.”
Graceland officials did not release specific sales figures but confirmed they are seeing growing demand for products in both overseas and domestic markets. The company said in a statement it expects “record growth in sales this year.”
The company is ramping up production to meet demand for dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries and apples. Graceland Fruit exports products to more than 40 countries and was named 2012 Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year by the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The first job fair will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Manpower office in Traverse City, 3135 Logan Valley Road, in the office park off South Airport Road between Woodmere and Cass Road. For more information call 231-947-3840.