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Published March 30, 2010, 04:42 PM

Digi-Key To Hire Up To 400 New Employees

Digi-Key in Thief River Falls is sparking an initiative to hire hundreds of new employees. This comes just months after business was so slow they had a hiring freeze.

Digi-Key in Thief River Falls is sparking an initiative to hire hundreds of new employees. This comes just months after business was so slow they had a hiring freeze.

Distribution lines are moving at full speed at Digi-Key. This after a stumbling economy forced a company wide hiring freeze last summer. Now business at the electronic distribution center has been re-wired and they're on a mission to hire hundreds of employees.

Steve Tsukichi: "It's strictly business driven, we've seen an increase in sales, we need more good employees, and our niche in our industry is customer service."

The goal is to hire up to 400 new employees by years end, in most departments here at Digi-Key. From management, to the distribution floor, but most will be in sales.

Just last year employee numbers were hovering under 2-thousand, by year end it could be closer to 2,500 using some new incentives.

Steve Tsukichi: "Press releases, we're working with the community to bring more employees in, we're offering a relocation incentive for employees who live more than 60-miles away."

There is a direct correlation with new hires to a recovering economy .Internationally business for Digi-Key has increased, and that means new deals. Most recently with electronic giant Sanyo."

Dave Doherty: "Sanyo is one of 440 plus manufacturers we deal with across a wide breathe. We start at any given year by signing on 35-40 new partnerships."

Digi-Key says they're surprised at the speed of the rebound, and if it continues it could be a sign of bigger things to come.

Steve Tsukichi: "If this level of business continues we'll need to expand our facility, I can't say exactly when we'll be we're in the planning stages for that now."

Digi-Key has also released an I-phone application that allows companies to buy products directly from their phone.

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