Opportunities abound at Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center's Manufacturers' Job Fair
Checking out future employment options, Damien Kestle chatted with representatives from a variety of manufacturing companies at the Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center’s Manufacturers’ Job Fair Thursday.
“This is the second job fair I’ve been to in two months,” said Kestle, of Westminster. “This one has some advantages because these people are ready and willing to talk face to face and willing to explain the open positions. It’s a good chance to learn about the company’s culture and meet someone who works there.”
According to BERC manager Denise Rickell, the organization’s primary goal is to help job seekers prepare for and find employment while providing businesses with qualified talent.
“We want to dispel some of the myths about manufacturing jobs,” Rickell said. “It’s not dark and dirty or for the unskilled. That’s far from the truth. There are a lot of available positions open with lots of potential for growth. If you want to find a job in Carroll, there are jobs. There are a lot of businesses employing in all industries.”
The job fair included representatives from CoastTec, Cobham Mission Systems, English American, Evapco, Inc., Knorr Brake Company, LAI International, Inc., Land Sea Air Manufacturing, MasterWorks, Inc., North American Millwright, OmegaBrandess Distribution, Shelter Systems Limited, Stanley Black & Decker, and the Strouse Corporation. Available jobs ranged from administrative assistants to assembly technicians to machine operators.
Carl Livesay, Land Sea Air Manufacturing vice president of operations, said the job fair was “a way to put our best foot forward.”
“We’re local and we prefer to hire people that live close by,” Livesay said. “We’re actively looking for skilled and semi-skilled manufacturing workers. Each manufacturing employee receives a toolbox when they join the company. The toolbox is an employee incentive and provides everyone with high caliber tools.”
Mark Aniunas, Stanley Black & Decker operations manager, said the job fair was “a good way to get our name out there.”
“Our company is growing and we’re looking for candidates for everything in the facility,” Aniunas said. “We’re hoping to build a partnership with the community and hire some people from Carroll County.”
James T. Russell, North American Millwright’s chief financial officer, said his company’s facility is growing.
“We’ve just opened up and we’re looking for talent,” Russell said. “It makes business sense to employ people from the community we’re involved in. We want to be a good neighbor.”
Levi Haines, Cobham Mission Systems’ production supervisor, hoped to meet candidates with a technical background.
“Our company is growing as alternative fuel becomes more popular,” Haines said. “We’re planning to double business in the next year.”
Attendees seemed to appreciate the variety of companies who participated in the job fair.
Attendee Amy Giaraffa, of Westminster, said she was “working my way around the room.”
“I’m just interested in finding a better job with set hours,” Giaraffa said. “I like working in warehouses and it’s where I feel I do my best work. I’m hoping someone will give me a chance.”
Mary Kreitzer, of Manchester, said BERC has been a helpful resource during a period of unemployment.
“I think I’ve got a good lead here,” Kreitzer said. “I like this fair because they tell us exactly what they’re looking for and they have a large variety of manufacturing companies.”
Jordan Hazelwood, of Frederick, said many of the positions offered would be a “horizontal move.”
“I’ve been out of the job market and I’m looking to get back in,” Hazelwood said. “I was drawn to this job fair because they were advertising positions I have some experience in.”
Michele Sick, of Westminster, walked around checking out her options.
“It’s very convenient and I’m glad local companies came out to show their support,” Sick said. “This is what my background is in and there are lots of options.”
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