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HON Office Furniture in Muscatine has announced it is hiring up to 200 permanent positions to the local economy, including engineers, assemblymen, electricians and others.

It's an upwards hiring trend the company has been seeing since 2011. 

"When we're doing well, Muscatine County is doing well," HNI VP of Member & Community Relations Gary Carlson says. 

Recruiters at HON are working to fill up to 200 positions as soon as possible.  

"It's been a real positive day for us so far, applicant flow has been really strong," Hiring Manager Tim Hath says. 

Though he says lately this trend has been happening a lot. 


"There's a lot of movement on a regular basis so it's fair to say we're constantly hiring," Hath says. 

"We clearly need the extra people to keep up with manufacturing keep up with manufacturing demand," Carlson adds. 

The new jobs are expected to boost the local economy in Muscatine. 

"The trickle-down effect the economy has when we have more people working here," Carlson says. 

The boost is especially welcome after the economic downturn in 2008. 

"2008 and 2009 was by all estimates a depression," Carlson says, "Everybody stopped making investment and there were lots of reduction in staffing and plant closures; investment really hit a low point."    

The wave of new hires at the office furniture manufacturer is also a positive sign things are turning around elsewhere too.  

"As other companies are doing well economically and they're making investments in new facilities or expanded facilities whereas they're hiring, then office furniture becomes a part of that equation," Carlson says. 

It's a trend companies hope continues into years to come.  

"The economy has strengthened, it's still going, but it's sporadic," Carlson says, "By and large employment has continued to edge up, that's a positive sign."

 For more information on job opportunities at HON, visit: http://www.hnicareers.com/