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Fil-Tec expanding, adding jobs

September 21, 1999

CAVETOWN - Fil-Tec Inc. of Cavetown is expanding and will add more than 25 jobs, President Ted Schoek said Tuesday.

About 75 people, including the five Washington County Commissioners, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the company's new 36,000-square-foot manufacturing center.

The center is adjacent to an existing 50,000-square-foot manufacturing center, Schoek said.

The company has 75 employees but that number will soon rise to more than 100, he said.

Schoek said he could not indicate what the salaries would be because at least 20 percent of the pay is connected to how well the company does financially. The wages are competitive and the company has a low turnover rate, he said.

The company is a leading maker of kerosene heater wicks, dental floss, fiber optic cable and other products, said Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Director Tom Riford. It exports products made in Washington County to 38 countries.

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About 14,000-square-feet of the new building is leased to another manufacturer, the Viba Co. Viba makes products for tampons.

Viba and Fil-Tech were started by Schoek's father, Vincent.

- Scott Butki

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