Hun­dreds line up for job fair

Rep. Hice calls event ‘fresh start’ for ca­reers

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DAVID CLE­MONS dclemons@cov­

Hun­dreds of peo­ple were lined up to meet prospec­tive em­ploy­ers at a re­gional job fair Thurs­day morn­ing.

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice and lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fices played host to the event at the Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (GPTC).

“It is an awe­some event,” Hice, R-Ga., said. “If you are look­ing for a fresh start, or you’re just be­gin­ning a ca­reer, this is the place for you to be.”

Nikki Smith, se­nior hu­man re­sources man­ager of Shire in So­cial Cir­cle, said she was “ex­cited to talk to a num­ber of can­di­dates who would be in­ter­ested in work­ing in the biotech sec­tor, of which we are go­ing to be quickly ramp­ing up our hir­ing pro­cesses in the next year or two.”

Smith said she was look­ing for spe­cific kinds of po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees.

“I think the key peo­ple that we’re look­ing for that are suc­cess­ful in our busi­ness and our com­pany are folks who are pas­sion­ate about be­ing able to pro­vide prod­uct to pa­tients who re­ally need our ser­vices,” she said, “as well as folks who are able to un­der­stand and fol­low pro­ce­dures re­lated to a highly reg­u­lated type of in­dus­try.”

Rahim Cha­ra­nia, pres­i­dent of Three Ring Stu­dios, said he also wants to hire “some great peo­ple from New­ton County, Rock­dale County, (and) put them to work.” His first goal is hir­ing for se­cu­rity, cus­tomer ser­vice, sales, fa­cil­ity man­age­ment and elec­tri­cal po­si­tions.

“Th­ese are white-col­lar jobs. Th­ese are high-pay­ing jobs, in ex­cess of $30 an hour” Cha­ra­nia said. “Th­ese are the kinds of jobs we want to bring to our com­mu­nity.”

The eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fices of New­ton, Jasper, Mor­gan and Wal­ton coun­ties were in­volved in stag­ing the event.

Em­ploy­ers in­volved in the event in­cluded Anthony In­ter­na­tional, Beaver Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co., Bull­dog Steel Fab­ri­ca­tion, the city of Cov­ing­ton Hu­man Re­sources Depart­ment, Clar­ion Met­als Corp., Con­tract Pack­ag­ing, the Cov­ing­ton Fire and Po­lice de­part­ments, Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County 911, Cut­ting Edge Laser Man­u­fac­tur­ing Inc., Cy­cle World of Cony­ers, the C.R. Bard Global Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter, Dart Con­tain- er Corp., Elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tor Inc., Elite Auto Col­li­sion, En­ter­prise Rent-A-Car, Ex­press Em­ploy­ment Pro­fes­sion­als, Gent’s Groom­ing Lounge, the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice, the Ge­or­gia Film and TV Pro­duc­tion Ini­tia­tive, the Heavy Equip­ment Col­lege of Ge­or­gia, Herc Rentals, Hire Dy­nam­ics, In­de­pen­dent Elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tors, In­fin­ity Net­work So­lu­tions, JR Hobb Co. At­lanta, Leggett & Platt, MAU Work­force So­lu­tions, Miche­lin Tread, the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers Hu­man Re­sources, New­ton County Fire Ser­vice, the New­ton County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice, Primer­ica, Shire, SRG Global, Steelco Build­ings Inc., Three Ring Stu­dios, US Cor­ru­gated, Veres­cence, Wag­ner and WestRock.

Jackie Gutknecht | The Cov­ing­ton News

Per­spec­tive ap­pli­cants meet with em­ploy­ers dur­ing the Job Fair Tues­day at Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

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