800 new jobs coming to Costa Rica
Two firms announced plans this week to hire a total of up to 800 people in Costa Rica in the coming years.
U.S. consulting firm Auxis said Friday that it will invest $30 million in its service center in Costa Rica over the next five years, creating 700 new jobs.
The company launched operations here in 2011 at America Free Zone in Heredia province, and currently employs some 200 people, according to the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE).
Founder and CEO Raul Vega said the expansion “is a natural result of the great success we and our clients have had with the Costa Rica nearshoring model.”
Auxis’ operation here provides outsourcing services in finance and accounting, information technology, human resources and customer service.
The company provides services 24/7 in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese for companies such as Pepsi, Target, Shoes for Crews and Tiger Direct, among others.
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100 posts at medical device company
Central American Silicone Suppliers, CASS, opened its Costa Rica plant Thursday in a ceremony attended by President Luis Guillermo Solís and other government officials.
The opening required an initial investment of $3 million and the company plans to hire up to 100 employees.
The new manufacturing plant specializes in silicone molding and extrusion, but also allows assembling and packaging of all parts produced by the company.
CEO Raymundo León said CASS chose Costa Rica based on the stability offered by its free zone regime. He also noted the country’s favorable socioeconomic climate, excellent commercial relations with the rest of the world and top quality workforce. Another key aspect for the firm was the country’s strategic location allowing for fast delivery, he said.
The company is seeking engineers with experience in silicone processing, quality control and local regulatory procedures. Recruiters also are looking for technical staff with experience in medical device manufacturing.
Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora said CASS’ new operation confirms that Costa Rica is becoming the top choice for companies from the medical supply sector looking to expand operations in Latin America.
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