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Employers are Here to Help at Pa. job fair

April 18, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Al Berberich and Mary Foltz Berberich talk to state Sen. Richard Alloway during Alloway's job fair Thursday north of Chambersburg, Pa. Mary Foltz Berberich works for Wilson College.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Eighty-five vendors lined the hallways of Chambersburg Mall on Thursday for the third annual Here to Help job fair.

About a thousand people stopped at an information table to pick up fliers designed for job seekers, according to Pennsylvania state Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York.

Alloway sponsored the event in cooperation with PA CareerLink of Franklin County and the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

“The turnout has been tremendous,” Alloway said.

Latoya Williams of Chambersburg, Pa., spotted a flier for the job fair and decided to attend.

“I’ve tried everything else pretty much,” said Williams, who hopes to work in human resources.
Williams said she would recommend the Here to Help job fair to others, and her friend, Nicole Courtney, agreed.

“It’s worth it,” said Courtney, of Chambersburg.

“I’m impressed with the turnout, and everyone is friendly,” Williams said.

Most of the potential employers hailed from Franklin County, which had a 6.4 percent unemployment rate in the latest set of data released by the state. Alloway said employers completed a survey after last year’s job fair.

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“Many of them asked to come back again,” he said.

Participating employers included Martin’s Potato Rolls, Wilson College, Orrstown Bank, Johnson Controls, OK Associates Inc., Chambersburg Area School District, Pennsylvania State Police, State Farm, ACNB Bank, Pest Control LLC, Manitowoc, Wal-Mart and Lowe’s.

Participants seem to like the face-to-face contact, Alloway said.

Rachel Hornbaker, a recruiter from Menno Haven, received about 10 applications by 1 p.m. She expected to receive additional ones online.

“So far, it’s been steady traffic,” she said.

Menno Haven, which employs about 600 people, is looking for qualified individuals for nursing positions.

“We do have a maintenance position and a dietary position,” Hornbaker said.

Don Barnes of Landis Threading Systems said he was looking for trained machinists. He estimated he gave out 30 to 40 applications, but he said the foot traffic seemed to be down from last year.

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