Hundreds attend job fair, many land jobs

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Several hundred job-seekers attended the WIN Job Fair at the Crossroads Arena on Tuesday, hoping to get a job with one of nearly 50 employers.
Nearly 100 got what they wanted, and more may be joining them soon.
“We’re still waiting to get more numbers from some of the exhibitors who haven’t turned in their information,” said Adam Todd, director of the Governor’s Job Fair Network, which oversees the event.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Todd said 215 on-site interviews had been conducted.
“But what’s really exciting is that within the next 12 months, we expect about 365 of them will be offered jobs,” Todd said.
The job fair attracted several manufacturers from not only Corinth and Alcorn County, but also Northeast Mississippi, including Caterpillar, Acco Brands, Ashley Furniture and Roll Form Group.
Other exhibitors included universities and community colleges, trucking companies, staffing agencies and other businesses looking to either hire on the spot or build a pool of applicants.
Lindsey Higgins of Ashley said the furniture manufacturer was hiring for its plants in Ripley and Ecru.
The Ecru plant is the world’s largest upholstered manufacturing plant in the world, but Higgins said both facilities are hiring for several positions.
Toyota supplier Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi in Baldwyn is looking to hire 60 to 80 employees to its growing staff of 400. APMM makes several parts for the Toyota Corolla, which is assembled at Toyota’s plant in Blue Springs.
“We’re looking for production team members, multi-skilled maintenance and tool and die,” said HR specialist Penelope Blissett.
Those unable to attend the job fair can visit any WIN Job Center to apply for positions at APMM, Blissett said.
Hoping to land a job with any company were Emma Crenshaw and Denise King, long-time friends and co-workers at World Color.
The facility was among five locations closed by Quad/ Graphics in 2010 in a cost-consolidation effort after it acquired the company.
“I’m not looking for anything in particular, but I can learn and adapt,” said Crenshaw, who worked at World Color for 25 years. “We learned to do several different positions. I was a machine operator, I did quality control, a lot of jobs.”
“It was pretty much the same for me,” said King, who worked at the company for 19 years.
Danny Bryson of Masterpiece Engineering said he had job openings in mechanical design.
“We’ve come here every year,” he said, adding that he’s hired two or three people for his company via the job fair.
dennis.seid@journalinc.com