Kawasaki Motors hopes to fill 500+ jobs in tight job market

From vehicles to trains to parts that go on airplanes, Kawasaki Motors makes many products that help America run but right here in Lincoln, they're trying to fill over 500 positions.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — From vehicles to trains to parts that go on airplanes, Kawasaki Motors makes many products that help America run but right here in Lincoln, they’re trying to fill over 500 positions.

“So to find 550 people with such a low unemployment rate as we have in Lincoln, we will exhaust all avenues,” said Hellbusch, corporate director of administration.

In a tight job market, Jason Hellbusch says they hope to fill the jobs within 18 months.

Kawasaki Motors has over two thousand workers and is expanding.

They hope to reach out to the underemployed or those working multiple jobs to make ends meet.

These new positions will start at 18 dollars an hour and could go up to 33 dollars, depending on what you’re hired for.

“So we’re fully aware that we’re going to look for maybe what we would call underemployed people that are maybe working a couple of jobs that we could offer a chance of a full-time career with full benefits,” said Hellbusch.

A welder says her job remained mostly steady during the pandemic and she relies on it to provide for her family.

“Yeah, I live with my cousin and her baby and she didn’t have a job for a long time, so I’ve been providing for them,” said Alexis Jensen. “I mean I get paid pretty decent. It pays the bills.”

Hellbusch adds in this market, though they want people with experience..they are also willing to train those interested in the field.

“We could offer a chance of a full-time career with full benefits, so they could improve their situation at home and have a job that they can be proud of,” said Hellbusch.

Hellbusch says they’re willing to fight in this job market, to fill those 500 jobs, as well as they’re investing over $200 million in three years for the Lincoln location.

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