Meyda Tiffany Lighting takes inclusive approach to hiring

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YORKVILLE —  Meyda Tiffany Lighting is taking a unique hiring approach that reflects the strength of the community, company officials said. “Help Wanted” and “Now Hiring” signs are featured on a digital message board that rotates various translations in front of their business.

“Immigrants have been critical to our company since we started. The culture and diversity of our team is part of what makes us unique,” explains Max Cohen, director of hospitality marketing.

“Currently, we are hiring metal fabricators, assemblers, and personnel in our wiring department, and we are looking for talented people of different cultural backgrounds.”

“At Meyda, we are proud to maintain an inclusive workplace that champions diversity,” he continued. “We provide a professional and healthy work environment where cultural diversity helps us create new manufacturing processes and product designs that are inspired by a myriad of lifestyles and perspectives.”

Back in 1981, Meyda used to be located two doors down from the Refugee Center in Utica where the company recruited employees. Some are still with Meyda today.

Currently, there’s a stack of orders at the custom lighting manufacturer, and lead times are a bit longer than what Meyda would like to see. Meyda management said they have been trying since March to hire production staff.

But, very few applications come in despite advertising and the business having a presence at job fairs, Cohen notes.

In December, business doubled as many of Meyda’s commercial clients - often hotels and casinos - took COVID-19-related downtime to complete renovations or building projects. Cohen said the company currently needs at least 10 people in manufacturing.

He adds that as the Utica-Rome region is a cultural melting pot, so is the business. There are staff on site that can assist with language translation. For information on open positions, visit: https://www.meyda.com/newsite/employmentapp.asp or call 315-768-3711.

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