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The company produces electronic connectors for industries such as Datacom, Medical, Computer, Instrumentation, Aerospace, and Automotive, among others.
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Published Thursday, May 6, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Indiana-based Samtec, a multinational manufacturing company, announced that it will hire 200 more people in Costa Rica, to satisfy high international demand for the production of its electronic devices.

Samtec, founded in 1976, maintains offices in more than 24 countries and employs more than 5,000 people. Their 15-year-old Costa Rica branch employs more than 1,000 people.

The company produces electronic connectors for industries such as Datacom, Medical, Computer, Instrumentation, Aerospace, and Automotive, among others.

“In 2006, Samtec established Costa Rican operations with the idea of maintaining a manufacturing plant close to the United States," José Sánchez, General Manager at Samtec Costa Rica said. "The country was also chosen for its English level and literacy rates and legal and personal securities."

According to Sánchez, in recent years, Samtec has grown not only in production but also in its corporate services. Currently, it offers corporate information systems, purchasing, research and development, and drafting, among other services.
Positions open for operators with a high school diploma, maintenance technicians and production supervisors. People interested in applying for an open position should upload their information on the company Careers site.

Samtec is one of several U.S. companies offering jobs in the country in the last couple of months.

On Monday, the Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher Scientific, scientific instrumentation, reagents and consumables, and software and services to healthcare, announced the expansion of its operations in the country. The growth has made it possible for the company to increase jobs, adding to the company’s currently more than 400 local employees.

Also, the Florida-based TradeStation, an online securities and futures brokerage firm and trading technology company, announced it is seeking 100 new hires in Costa Rica.

Los Angeles-based Byte, a company in the life sciences industry dedicated to producing orthodontic medical devices, announced that it will hire 150 more employees in Costa Rica due to the growth of its local operations.

San Francisco-based Gensler, a global design and architecture firm, announced it is hiring more staff for its offices in Costa Rica.

Viant, a life sciences company based out of Massachusetts, announced a major expansion at its medical device manufacturing plant located in Heredia Province.

Wisconsin-based company SMC, a global contract manufacturer for the medical, diagnostics and pharmaceutical markets, announced the expansion of its facility in Costa Rica.

According to the Minister of Foreign Trade, the services sector created 81,371 jobs in 2020.

However, despite the high numbers announced by the ministry, the Employment Survey shows an unemployment rate of 18.5%, meaning there are 452,048 people without registered jobs in the country from December 2020 to February 2021.

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