Santana Textiles, a world leader in the manufacture and development of different and innovative denim fabrics, will be hosting a job fair on Wednesday, June 17, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, with a goal of hiring up to 300 employees for its upcoming start-up operations, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.
The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.
Santana Textiles, based in Brazil, along with the EEDC and Workforce Solutions, are sponsoring the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The job fair at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, which is located at 118 Paseo Del Prado by the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance complex in the southwest part of the city, is free and open to the public.
“We are happy to share the long-anticipated and very welcomed update that Santana Textiles will complete construction and begin their spinning operations this summer,” Mayor Richard García, who also serves as President of the five-member EEDC Board of Directors, revealed during his State of the City Address, which he delivered on Thursday, May 21, at the Edinburg City Auditorium.
“This is just the beginning,” the mayor added. “Over the next few years, we anticipate 800 employees will eventually be on payroll at Santana Textiles when they reach their full capacity here in Edinburg. The additional economic impact of that workforce will create more than 3,000 indirect jobs, not to mention the investment for the facilities and equipment by Santana Textiles.”
The estimated total financial economic impact of the new manufacturing conglomerate in Edinburg will be about $180 million, and reflects the EEDC’s and city council’s successful strategies to bring new employers to the community, the mayor said.
According to the company, Santana Textiles is seeking energetic, self-motivated, and safety-oriented individuals for entry-level industrial maintenance technicians to highly experienced personnel. Duties will vary based on job description from basic knowledge of hand and power tools to experienced technicians with knowledge of electronics, PLC, automation, and testing equipment.
“This job fair will focus in hiring individuals in the positions for the following areas: production, logistics, supervision, maintenance, environmental health and safety, security guards, and accounting, among others,” said Janette García, Human Resources Coordinator for the local Santana Textiles complex.
Interested individuals will also have the opportunity to apply online, she added, by logging on to www.SantanaTextiles.com, and clicking “Careers”. She also can provide more information for interested applicants by contacting her throughjobs@SantanaTextiles.com or by contacting her at 956/618-0097: ext: 8008.
NORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK FUELING BUSINESS GROWTH
“The Santana Textiles manufacturing plant is located on a 33-acre site which is part of Edinburg’s 150-acre North Industrial Park, which is next to Interstate 69 Central, about three miles south of the South Texas International Airport at Edinburg, which makes it accessible to both ground and air transportation,” the mayor emphasized. “The North Industrial Park was formerly agricultural property which was purchased by the EEDC more than a dozen years ago, with the goal of bringing new businesses or helping existing companies expand in Edinburg. It has proven to be a very wise investment for our community.”
Letty Reyes, Director of Business Development and Public Affairs, added that FedEx Ground, a national distribution service, has also made the North Industrial Park its headquarters in the Valley, with its $8 million, 107,000 square-foot warehouse.
“Nu-Co Tools & Die and Tractor Supply Company are also based at the North Industrial Park, which still has about 25 acres left for future businesses,” Reyes said. “The EEDC also has other industrial parks, which are areas of land developed as a site for factories and other industrial businesses, which play and will play a vital role for economic development for our city.”
Owassa Business Park, Renaissance Industrial Park, Airport Industrial Park, and La Sienna Industrial Park also are also developed and marketed by the EEDC, Reyes added.
SANTANA TEXTILES: “CREATIVE, INNOVATIVE AND SURPRISING”
Santana Textiles, with manufacturing plants located in Brazil, Argentina, and now Edinburg, describes its corporate philosophy as “creative, innovative and surprising.”
Through its brand, Santana Textiles consolidate its leadership in basic and differentiated products, with a focus on profitability and quality.
The fabrics developed by Santana Textiles have an excellent cost-benefit, that is to say, they are perfect for the segment called “Fast Fashion”.
In general, “Fast Fashion” is a contemporary term used by fashion retailers to express that designs move from catwalk quickly in order to capture current fashion trends.
As a result of the versatility of its products, their produces are designed to meet the most diverse market niches, company leaders emphasize.
“Santana Textiles has a perfect mix of standards that perfectly meet the most demanding needs,” its website concludes. “Committed to quality, Santana Textiles develops all products from a comprehensive search of the fashion trends, the market behavior and textile technology. All this to ensure the best in all stages of the jeans production, which is why is the national leader for excellence.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF SANTANA TEXTILES’ HISTORY
The Brazil-born Santana Textiles in 2013 celebrated its 50th anniversary of existence, its corporate home page recalls.
Its official history also notes:
From its beginning as a manufacturer of fishing nets and today is recognized as one of the largest textile factories in Brazil, Santana Textiles has every reason to celebrate.
Since the dream that started in the state of Ceará, to the great challenges and achievements in all Brazil, reaching the international market with a production unit in Argentina and the build of a more in the United States, the Santana Textiles Group weaves his way, showing a workforce of his team and the Brazilian denim.
Santana Textiles Group occupies a central position among textile and clothing manufacturers, consolidating its leadership in the manufacture and development of different and innovative basic denim fabrics.
The Santana Textiles Group started its journey as a manufacturer of hammocks, reaching the end of the decade of 1970 as the national leader in this segment. The company Fiação Santana was born in the early eighties as the first Brazilian manufacturer fully focused on the open-end processing for the production of cotton threads.
In 1995, the company added a new segment to its activities: the production of denim fabrics.
This was when the Santana Textiles Group’s first textile unit started to operate, with a plant in the State of Ceará´s countryside that today has a mean output of 3 million meters of fabric per month.
In 2002, the company expanded even further with the acquisition of two factories in the State of Rio Grande do Norte, with Unit 2 handling the manufacture of threads and Unit 3 producing the fabrics.
In 2006, the Santana Textiles Group showed yet another achievement: its new industrial park, its Unit 4, located in the city of Rondonópolis, State of MatoGrosso. In the following year the company inaugurated its first factory outside Brazil (Unit 5, in the Province of Chaco, Argentina) and presented its new name, Santana Textiles, to strengthen its international expansion activities.
Santana Textiles is investing again in international expansion activities of their high-quality level denim, with its second factory outside Brazil (Unit 6 in Endinburg, Texas, United States), aiming to better serve the marketing in North America and Central America.
The units of the Santana Textiles Group work 24-hours-a-day, always producing with the highest quality and innovation.
More than seven million meters per month of different basic denim fabrics are manufactured by the brands Santana Textiles, Loco Serious Denim and BEM – Bi-Elastic Movement.
Santana Textiles’ vertically integrated production process includes R&D, spinning, dyeing, weaving and finishing. The principal manufacturing plants include modern, automated and integrated yarn spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing facilities.
Santana Textiles can produce approximately 100 million meters of denim fabrics annually.
By DAVID A. DÍAZ