The chemistry between the Four Horsemen of the 1998-1999 CWCHS basketball team that advanced to the state tournament was undeniable. Chemistry and Engineering has taken at least one of the horsemen much further. Matt Hines spoke with the Carmi Kiwanis Club on Thursday afternoon about his role as a Project Manager at BWX Technologies in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. The plant stretches inland from the bank of the Ohio River and for scope, Hines says eleven Carmi White County High School complexes (including the track and football field) would fit inside the area that BWX calls home. The company is poised for impressive expansion over the next several years.
Hines touched on the history of the company which dates back to 1856 when co founder Stephen Wilcox patented the water tube boiler. Wilcox joined with George Babcock in 1867 resulting in the establishment of Babcock, Wilcox and Company. Through many highs and lows, including one notable failure which has gone on to serve as fodder for “how not to run a company” which appeared in a Fortune Magazine article in 1969, the company is back on solid footing and steaming forward.
An April press release of this year announced that BWX Technologies had landed naval contracts worth over $3.1 billion dollars. The company will be manufacturing components integral to the Department of Defense. Directly related to that growth, Hines came to Kiwanis with the hope of spreading the word that BWX Technologies is hiring. In fact, Hines estimates the need and intention to grow the company’s workforce by adding aproximately 200 jobs over the next 2 years.
A BWX Technologies Hiring Event is coming to Harrisburg on June 28th from 2pm – 7pm. You can find more information about current and future job openings as well as additional company information at https://www.bwxt.com/careers.