Trex urges vets to apply for jobs

Posted: November 14, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — As it begins to hire dozens of new employees, Winchester-based Trex Co. (NYSE: TREX) is putting out a call for veterans to apply.

The wood-alternative decking and fencing company plans to hire about 45 people for its factory in Kernstown, human resources director Jay Rudolph said Wednesday.

“They’re primarily process technicians at the Winchester plant,” he said. “Those are our hourly [workers], the ones who run the lines at the plant.

“Turnover is still very, very low. It has to do with increased demand for 2014.”

Rudolph wants veterans to know that they are welcome to apply for the positions. The company has worked with the Virginia Employment Commission and recruiting agencies toward that end.

“We just feel an obligation to make certain that we do what we can to give back to the veterans who have defended the country as they return home to an economy that’s less than appealing at times,” Rudolph said.

Trex President, Chairman and CEO Ron Kaplan expressed similar sentiments in a news release from the company.

“National Veterans Month is the ideal time to express our appreciation of our troops and reinforce our support of their efforts to continue their careers as civilians in this country,” Kaplan said. “We’re proud to be able to offer to qualified veterans the opportunity to apply for valuable positions.”

Plus, veterans are considered attractive employees.

“We find that they have a dependability, reliability and strong work ethic,” Rudolph said.

He said about 200 people work at the Frederick County factory. Production line positions start at about $14 an hour, but can go up to about $20 an hour within a few years, he said.

Anyone interested in applying to Trex can go to the company’s website at trex.com.

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com