American Fork company looks to hire Afghan refugees

Oct 5, 2021, 6:00 AM | Updated: 4:39 pm
Exterior of Xlear headquarters in American Fork, Utah (courtesy of Xlear, Inc.)...
Exterior of Xlear headquarters in American Fork, Utah (courtesy of Xlear, Inc.)
(courtesy of Xlear, Inc.)

AMERICAN FORK — Xlear, the maker of nasal- and oral-hygiene products, is hoping to hire 10 or more Afghan refugees who are being resettled in Utah. 


Pronounced like “clear” but spelled with an “x,” Xlear makes products to help clear out the sinuses and mouth. It also makes other xylitol-based products. Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in most plants.

Not only is Xlear growing, but it is also experiencing an unprecedented demand for its products. 

“We’ve seen astronomical growth,” said Shad Slaughter, vice president of operations for Xlear. “[We] really could open up another entire shift if we had access to the right people.” 

That demand is why the company hopes to hire 10 or more Afghan refugees once they arrive in state. 

“We’re looking to fill positions immediately. They’re entry-level manufacturing positions, but they’re good-paying to start at around $15 or $16 an hour,” Slaughter explained. 

He said Xlear is also very clear about the opportunities available to employees. Even if a worker feels they can grow further with another company, Slaughter said they want to teach valuable job skills for them to succeed.

Experience with those fleeing dangerous situations 

Xlear is no stranger to bringing on new employees who have escaped tough situations in other countries. 

“These people that are coming from desperate situations, or making big changes, are very eager to work and end up being very strong, valuable employees,” Slaughter said. 

In fact, he said as much as 40% of the production staff do not speak English as a first language. However, he said that is not a problem. 

“We have technology and systems in place where pretty much any language we can accommodate,” said Slaughter. 

According to Slaughter, Xlear has offered optional on-site ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to interested employees for about half a year. 

“I’m really excited that our community embraces refugees and these groups,” he said. “Hopefully, we’re able to offer good opportunities and these people can come over and start their life in the U.S and in Utah and really thrive.” 

Xlear plans to meet later this week with Catholic Community Services, the International Rescue Committee and other groups charged with resettling refugees. 

Today’s Top Stories

Business + Economy

The American Red Cross of Utah urges Utahns to consider their organization on Giving Tuesday....
Simone Seikaly

American Red Cross urges gift of time for ‘Giving Tuesday’

Giving Tuesday emphasizes a day for charitable actions after several days (Black Friday, etc.) focused on spending and buying.
1 day ago
People wait in line to enter Macy's department store during Black Friday in New York City on Novemb...
Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business

Online Black Friday sales set a new record

Online shopping is expected to remain strong through Cyber Monday.
1 day ago
Shoppers walk through City Creek Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. The Better Bu...
Mark Jones

Making the most of Black Friday, Better Business Bureau has tips

The Better Business Bureau offers tips to those shoppers who plan to shop in person on Black Friday.
6 days ago
sundance mountain resort will open a week early...
Kira Hoffelmeyer

Sundance Mountain Resort to open seven days early

SUNDANCE, Utah — Sundance Mountain Resort is opening one week ahead of schedule. The resort announced via email this morning that it expects to open on Dec. 3 because of all the snow it’s gotten, instead of its planned Dec. 9 opening. Sundance says it’s the earliest opening day they’ve had in a decade.  “We […]
6 days ago
Beautiful woman sitting at the table working with laptop at home around christmas tree rubbing eyes...
Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Expert tips on how to save your sleep from holiday stress and indulgence

If you suffer from anxiety, depression or seasonal affective disorder (a condition that causes sadness when there's less daylight), watching your sleep is key, experts said.
6 days ago
A barn on a turkey farm in Sanpete County was destroyed Tuesday morning by a fire. The fire also bu...
Mark Jones

Barn on turkey farm in Sanpete County destroyed by fire

Fire officials say a barn on a turkey farm in Sanpete County caught fire on Tuesday, burning 250 bales of hay, a tractor and a side-by-side.
7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
American Fork company looks to hire Afghan refugees