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Northeast Ohio company scouts for vets for its workforce
Company says vets' skill sets are a good match

Laura Fong
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A Northeast Ohio company has 45 job openings they want to find local veterans to fill.

GrafTech is working with the Cleveland manufacturing advocacy group MAGNET to recruit veterans to work at its facilities in Parma and Lakewood.  It makes components for electronic equipment.

GrafTech spokeswoman Tracy Albers says the company already employs 42 veterans.

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“We do advanced energy manufacturing. Often times, the skill set that a veteran possesses is exactly what we are looking for.  Our Lakewood facility is a production facility;  we’re also looking for people like process managers, quality managers and health and safety personnel.” 

MAGNET is helping GrafTech find veterans who are qualified, or be willing to be trained for the jobs.

Anyone who hires a veteran gets a tax credit of 56-hundred dollars. Those who hire disabled vets get credits of nearly 10 thousand dollars per veteran. The credits are included in a bill President Obama signed on Veterans’ Day to help with jobs and training. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who sits on the Senate’s veterans affairs committee, cosponsored the bill.  

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