Job seekers flock to fair

HOWLAND – Hopeful job seekers from around the area flocked to the Magnuson Grand Hotel on Friday for a job fair to fill positions at Legacy Measurement Solutions’ new plant in Brookfield.

The Texas-based company, which manufactures products for the oil and gas industry, is seeking workers for welding, assembling and other positions. About 70 people applied, said Shiron Johnson, human resource generalist for Legacy.

”It was a good turnout, and I’ve gotten good feedback from our plant manager,” Johnson said. ”He said we have some really good candidates that he can sift through to select.”

Robert Dorsey of Warren was in attendance for the fair, eagerly turning in an application for material handler. Dorsey has fallen on hard times recently and is desperate for full-time work.

”I’ve been driving a fork lift for over 30 years,” Dorsey said. ”I was a dock foreman for 20 years, but the plant closed. I work part-time in shipping and receiving for a warehouse now, but it’s getting slow.”

”I have a $400 mortgage payment and I want to keep my house. I have to look for something full-time. Hopefully, things will come through for me,” he said.

Others, like 50-year-old pipe welder Guy Rex of Newton Falls, were just testing the waters.

”I just happened to hear at work that they were having a job fair down the road,” Rex said. “I work a couple blocks away at Star Manufacturing. It’s a good opportunity for someone like me who doesn’t have a lot of chances to get out and put in a lot of applications.”

Johnson said other positions will continue to open up at the plant, which opened recently.

”We’re already doing production there now,” Johnson said. “We are expecting to have at least 60 employees by the end of the summer, and then we’ll hire more toward the end of the year. So, we’re growing.”