Job fairs to connect workers, plants

Published 11:40 pm Wednesday, January 7, 2009

By Staff
The nation may be in an economic downturn, but regional companies are hiring - and they will be the focus of two job fairs this week. Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Authority is sponsoring the job fairs in cooperation with the Mobile campus of Remington College.
The fairs will feature representatives from several manufacturers, including ThyssenKrupp, the new steel plant near Mobile; Austal USA; Atlantic Marine; Evonik Degussa; and SSAB Steel.
Officials from Alabama Southern Community College, Jefferson Davis Community College and Reid State Technical College will also be on hand to discuss education and training opportunities at the schools.
The first job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Thomasville Civic Center in Thomasville, and Monroeville will host a similar job fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Water Works Conference Room, located at the water tower downtown.
Monroeville has suffered a number of job losses recently, with several plants closing in the community.
Chaney said CGEDA is partnering with Remington College because the school's workforce development director has ties to the region.
Chaney said he hopes the job fairs will allow unemployed workers to connect with companies in the region who are looking to hire.
Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Authority is a partnership of Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia and Monroe counties in South Alabama.