Job fair to be held for tornado-affected workers

news_business_greenBy Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Fusion Hospitality, the Tupelo-based hotel development company, had one of its properties, the 80-room Comfort Suites, hit by Monday’s tornado. It could very well be a total loss for company, which owns 18 hotels in six states, including eight in Mississippi.

In Tupelo, it also owns the Best Western Plus, the Candlewood Suites, the Comfort Inn and the recently opened Holiday Inn & Suites.

Fusion owner Bruce Patel is among business owners on the hard-hit area of North Gloster Street that was ground zero for the tornado wondering what’s next.

Specifically, what will workers from the affected businesses do while their places of employment are rebuilt, a process that could take months?

Find them jobs, Patel said.

“I’ve got a lot of positions I can fill,” Patel said. “There are a lot of good people out there who don’t have a job right now because of the tornado, and we’d like to try to help them.”

Fusion is looking to hire for positions in the hotel, the restaurant inside, Old Venice Pizza (Fusion owns the Tupelo location), and potentially other positions within the company.

The job fair is Wednesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Suites for those workers in that specific area who are out of jobs.

Along with employees from the Comfort Suites, workers from other hard-hit businesses are looking for jobs. For example the Sleep inn – which is owned by another company – had its top floor ripped off. The adjacent Steak Escape is destroyed, as is Vanelli’s. Many other businesses in the immediate vicinity are severely damaged or destroyed.

While Patel can’t find jobs for everyone, he wants to fill as many spots as he can, even if they’re temporary.

‘We’ve got to do something,” he said.

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