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More than 85 employers expected at job fair in Franklin County

Participants will include Chambersburg Hospital, Manitowoc, area banks, Ventura Foods and Letterkenny Army Depot

March 27, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

SCOTLAND, Pa. — More than 85 employers are expected at the second annual “Here to Help” job fair scheduled for Thursday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chambersburg Mall at 3055 Black Gap Road.

The event is hosted by state Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York, in partnership with the Franklin County Area Development Corp. and PA CareerLink of Franklin County.

Organizers moved the event from Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle, Pa., to the mall to accommodate additional employers. They expect 1,500 attendees.

“Registrations are still coming in. ... It’s all across the board” for the represented industries, said Stacy Gregson, who works in Alloway’s Chambersburg office.

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Employers will include Chambersburg Hospital, D.L. Martin Co., area banks, Defense Logistics Agency, Letterkenny Army Depot, Johnson Controls/Frick, Office Depot, Manitowoc, colleges, Ventura Foods and UPS.

The job fair will have a special focus on assisting veterans, Gregson said.

“There will a veterans services representative there to help them,” she said.

Workshops are planned throughout the day, including those on interview skills and resume-building.

“What makes this job fair work is we have job-seekers, employers and agencies that help job-seekers all having a need to participate. Because we have employers looking for workers, it’s important to have a central location for one day,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

“What I always want to see come out of it are those connections made so that it benefits both” employers and potential employees, he said.

Workforce development is an emerging issue, and a job fair is one way to address it, Ross said.

Ross works with regional manufacturers and monitors their employment needs.

“There has been a resurgence in manufacturing that affects the original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers, so there are needs for workers,” he said.

For more information about the job fair, call 717-264-6100 or go to www.senatoralloway.com.

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