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National Steak and Poultry in Owasso is expanding and hiring 50-plus people
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National Steak and Poultry in Owasso is expanding and hiring 50-plus people

The Owasso supplier is looking for workers to meet increased demand.

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National Steak and Poultry in Owasso, a restaurant beef supplier, needs to hire 50-plus people to meet increased business.

In red lettering, the words “Now Hiring” stand out in capital letters on white banners that hang on the fence surrounding the plant’s perimeter at 301 E. Fifth Ave.

The facility currently employs about 340 people but could top 400 based on projections, and possibly more, said Cherie Kormondy, chief operating officer.

NSP seeks to fill a variety of hourly positions for the facilities, including chicken handlers, packaging, trimmers, steak cutters, processing machine operators, temperature takers, for example.

Entry-level positions start at $10 an hour and rise to $10.50 an hour after a 60-day probation period.

Benefits include one week of vacation upon the first anniversary year, two floating holidays, a tool reimbursement program for maintenance workers, a tuition reimbursement program of up to $6,000 per year, an employee referral program and service awards. Starting next year, the company will offer a 401(k) retirement plan.

“Our environment is unique in that I think that the No. 1 adjustment for new employees is the cold. We keep it at about about 42 to 44 degrees in there,” Kormondy said. “There are no sit-down positions. So you’re in a cold environment, standing on a hard surface.”

No experience is required. Prospective employees need to be at least 18 years old.

“We would rather have someone who is green and can train them the way that we need to for the position within our facility,” Kormondy said.

“Finding qualified people is quite a task,” Kormondy added. Part of the difficulty is that many job candidates can’t pass a drug test, said Kormondy, noting that out of about 25 applicants three will pass the test.

The company also looks for people who have a good work ethic and show up for work.

“We tell them that this job is here as long as you want it. Our criteria of being a good-standing employee is no different than anyone else. You work the hours of your shift, show up daily and your reward is your salary and the benefits the company offers,” Kormondy said. “I don’t think we’re unlike any other company in that regard.”

Increased business is prompting the hirings. Without revealing too much detail, Mike Wilson, vice president of sales, noted that NSP has experienced a lot of growth in its industrial segment where it provides meat products for frozen meals.

The bulk of NSP’s business, or about 70 percent, involves supplying chicken and beef products, to national chain restaurants, he said.

About half of NSP’s business involves raw product while the other half focuses on fully-cooked products

A concrete slab on the north side of the plant marks the site of a 10,000-square-foot expansion, to be completed in June. The expansion will help enhance the company’s production time and allow it to have more output.

Job applications are available online at nationalsteak.com or can be picked up at the facility from the outside guard. Interested individuals also can call the company’s main number at 918-274-8787.

Laurie Winslow 918-581-8466

laurie.winslow@tulsaworld.com

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