Northeast Mississippi industries can absorb many, if not all of the 480 people laid off as a result of Lane Furniture Industry’s recent Saltillo facility closure. Among those hiring are Ashley Furniture Industries, Prime Hospitality Group, American Furniture, and H.M. Richard’s.
“The furniture industry in Northeast Mississippi is very healthy and many of these dislocated workers will have the opportunity to stay within the furniture sector,” said Community Development Foundation President David Rumbarger. “It is the work ethic of hard workers like those at Lane and others that have made the furniture business in Northeast Mississippi the largest cluster of companies.”
Many industries ask job seekers to apply on site while others are utilizing the WIN Job Center to facilitate its hiring process. The intent of the WIN Job Center is to simplify all programs under a single, comprehensive system. The Mississippi Department of Employment Services and The WIN Job Center will hold four Rapid Response sessions Wednesday, February 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. as well as a job fair from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All events will take place at the WIN Job Center’s Belden location and are available for former Lane employees only. Over 15 employers will be present. For more information, visit mdes.ms.gov.
“As the fiscal and administrative agent for the Mississippi Partnership Workforce Area and partner in funding of WIN Job Centers and Rapid Response services, we encourage Lane employees to take advantage of this opportunity being offered this week at the Belden WIN Center and the job fair at Itawamba Community College’s Belden Campus,” said Three Rivers Planning and Development Director Randy Kelley. “Three Rivers personnel will be present to assist in any way possible,” Kelley stated.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to all the employees and families affected by this closing,” stated Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. President and CEO Todd Wanek. “We, as a company, promise to offer employment opportunities to these individuals within the furniture trade and to focus on keeping these jobs in the great state of Mississippi.”
The state of Mississippi recently launched the Mississippi Works program, a first-of-its-kind interactive resource that pairs employers and job seekers through both a website and mobile application. The website, mississippiworks.org, along with integrated iPhone and Android mobile applications, is a real-time, web-based system that puts cutting edge technology at the fingertips of Mississippian job seekers and employers. A complete list of area jobs is available at mississippiworks.org.