UNION — A job fair to recruit workers for some temporary jobs in the Jonesville area that could turn into permanent ones drew nearly 100 people Tuesday.
EDR Inc. sponsored the job fair which was held at the SCWorks Union office at 103 W. Main St. The fair was originally scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. but so many people showed up that the event had to be extended by an hour.
Katherine Pendegrass, business services consultant for SCWorks Union, said a total of 98 people turned out for the job fair, and of those 58 were given packets of information to fill out. Pendergrass said of those given the information packets to fill out, 28 are stronger contenders for employment based on their experience while another 11 are being considered for the positions. She said three people also applied after seeing flyers distributed by EDR Project Coordinator Chet Willemstyn and two of those were hired.
The job seekers were interviewed by Willemstyn who described himself as “super happy” at the turnout for the job fair.
“It went extremely well,” Willemstyn said. “I wish I had more opportunities to offer all the wonderful people that showed up today. It went very smoothly and I appreciate the people’s patience. It was a long process and I barely had time for a bathroom break.”
EDR is looking to hire 10-15 people to put together pallet rack systems for a client in Jonesville. The company is primarily looking for laborers whose starting pay will be $10 an hour, but it’s possible that EDR could also hire team leaders whose starting pay will be higher.
The project in Jonesville will be for 10-12 weeks, but Willemstyn said that it is possible that some of those hired for the job could find permanent employment with EDR depending their job performance and their willingness to work. The Michigan-based company works for clients throughout the country and is currently working on projects in Greensboro, N.C., and Detroit and Battle Creek, Michigan. EDR has also recently signed a two-year contract with a major box store that is requiring it to send five crews around the county to reset the company’s stores.
Those would could not attend the job fair but are interested in working for EDR, should contact Katherine Pendergrass at SCWorks at 864-427-4119.
During Tuesday’s job fair, Pendergrass addressed the job seekers waiting to be interviewed by Willemstyn and urged those who were not hired to attend Thursday’s job fair which will be sponsored by American Services and its subsidiary, ACI Janitorial Services. ACI, which is providing janitorial services to a client in Jonesville, is looking to hire 10-15 people as employees whose duties at the Jonesville site will include:
• Cleaning the lobby and all front offices including vacuuming, dusting, emptying the trash, and mopping on a daily basis.
• Cleaning all canteen and coffee break areas on a daily basis.
• Cleaning office restrooms and women’s locker/restroom on a daily basis.
• Cleaning the QC lab on a daily basis.
• Cleaning water fountains on a daily basis.
• Sweeping and mopping inaccessible areas in the warehouse in sections on a daily basis.
• Cleaning janitor closets on a weekly basis.
• Cleaning yellow safety rails twice per month.
• Getting along with others.
Thursday’s job fair will also be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and those deemed by the ACI representative as “strong candidates” for the positions will be be asked to come to the company’s Spartanburg office the next day to fill out a new hire packet and start working. Those hired will be employees of ACI and will have the opportunity to work for the company on a permanent basis.
For more information about Thursday’s job fair contact SCWorks Union at 864-427-4119.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.