Taurus Job Fair Next Week

Many of you know by now that Taurus is moving their US operations from metro Miami, Florida to Bainbridge, Georgia. They are in the process of building a new plant there in southwest Georgia and plan to be ready to go in December.

Taurus will be holding a job fair in Bainbridge next week on the 7th and 8th of May. While a number of employees will be relocating from south Florida, a number will not. The announcement below gives an indication of who isn’t making the move for whatever reason. Bainbridge, by the way, is less than an hour north of Tallahassee, Florida.

Here is there job fair announcement courtesy of the Outdoor Wire:

Job Fair May 7 – 8 located Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center
May 2019 (Miami, FL) – Taurus®, manufacturer of quality handguns for personal defense, hunting, and recreational shooting, is participating in the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center job fair and will be looking to fill numerous positions for its new Bainbridge, Georgia, headquarters and manufacturing facility.
Operations for the new Taurus facility in Bainbridge will commence in 2019, providing exceptional career opportunities in several occupational areas, such as skilled labor, administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, manufacturing, and management. In addition to becoming part of a forward-thinking community with a mission of building feature-driven and affordable firearms, Taurus offers a competitive pay structure with health and retirement benefits for its employees.
Join us at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, Southern Regional Technical College – Bainbridge Campus located at 2500 E. Shotwell Street, Bainbridge Georgia on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th from 10:00am until 7:00pm.
Following are the current job openings for which Taurus seeks to recruit successful applicants:
  • Product Design Engineers
  • Sales Analyst
  • Controller
  • Accounting Manager
  • Staff Accountant
  • Inventory Accountant
  • Accounts Receivables Clerk
  • Accounts Payables Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Administrative Support Staff
  • Network Administration Manager
  • Help Desk Engineer
  • Quality Control Inspectors
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Document Control Specialist
  • Inventory Control Clerks
  • Materials Manager
  • Production Planners
  • MRO Buyer/Tool Room Planner
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Process Technicians
  • Tool Maintenance Technician
  • Shipping and Receiving Supervisor
  • Shipping and Receiving Clerks
  • Firearm Gunsmiths
  • Firearm Inspectors
  • Manufacturing Helpers
  • Production Helpers
  • Assemblers
  • Janitors
All job candidates must be US Persons (Citizens or Permanent Residents) and be able to successfully pass a background and drug test screening.
Interested candidates should also submit their resume directly at resume@taurusholdings.net.
To learn more about Taurus firearms, click here.

I Missed This Story About Taurus From Earlier This Year

I’m not sure how I missed this as I like to keep up with the relocation of manufacturing within the firearms industry but I did. What clued me in was a posting on The Shooting Wire that this move won an award from the Georgia Economic Developers Association.

Taurus USA announced in April that they were building a manufacturing facility in Bainbridge, Georgia.

Taurus Holdings, Inc. (“Taurus USA”) announces plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Bainbridge, Georgia, part of Decatur County, creating over 300 new jobs with a combined investment of over $22.5MM in infrastructure and operations. Taurus USA, through its subsidiaries, manufactures or distributes the popular Taurus®, Rossi®, and Heritage™ Manufacturing product lines….

David Blenker, President & CEO of Taurus USA comments, “The decision to relocate stems from our desire to expand our facility, keeping all operations in one location. All involved have welcomed Taurus, from the Governor’s office to the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to establishing a solid workforce and giving back to a great community,” continued Blenker. Ground breaking ceremonies will take place mid-summer 2018.

Not being too terribly conversant with Georgia geography, I had to look up Bainbridge. It is in southwest Georgia near the Florida state line west of Thomasville. Perhaps more importantly, it is less than an hour’s drive to Tallahassee, Florida. It has is the home to Bainbridge State College which has partnered with industry on many occasions.

The award announcement on the facility:

In December 2019, Taurus will complete its move to a new 200,000 square foot facility in Bainbridge. This new state-of-the-art facility will help expand the company’s U.S. engineering and production capabilities, host the new corporate headquarters, and further strengthen core manufacturing efforts to better meet consumer expectations in firearm innovation and quality performance. For the Bainbridge and Decatur County area, this move will add 300 jobs and insert more than $22.5 million into the economy.

I’m not sure what was the impetus to this move from their Miami Lakes location in Florida. It could be cost of living, cost of labor, politics, or merely the desire to be a big fish in a small pond. I’ll be sure to visit the Taurus booth this coming week at the SHOT Show and ask.

By the way, I know it is convenient to hate on Taurus. I have a couple of their firearms – a Tracker 627 revolver and a PT1911 – which have worked fine for me. I got them used at a good price and I’m OK with them. They aren’t Smith or Colt respectively but I didn’t intend them to be.