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Up to 1,000 people seek jobs at fair

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

They have around 100 job openings, but workers say more than a thousand people are predicted to come out to fill them!

Mountain Valley Recycling is holding a job fair in Frankfort today, seeking employees to fill positions at the company's new facility.

Up to 1,000 people are expected at today's job fair. Many people lined up hours before the doors opened, and others even camped out overnight. People we talked to say you can't let these opportunities go by.

"You're not going to get the job if you don't go out there and hunt," says Barry Rucker, who attended the job fair.

That's the mentality of the hundreds at the Mountain Valley Recycling job fair.

"I am a single mother of four children, and where I work now is just not paying my bills," says Tammy Lumpkins who also attended the fair.

Fair organizers say they are pleased to see the turnout, and it's their goal to help job seekers find work.

"We've got a lot of unemployed individuals in the region and it's our mission to connect those individuals with companies that are hiring," says Lori Collins, with Central Kentucky Job Centers.

And Mountain Valley Recycling is one of them. New to the bluegrass, the company plans to fill 100 positions initially, and hopes to grow to several hundred in the near future.

Many at the fair say they have a good idea of they type of work they want to pursue.

"I just finished college. I finished my bachelors degree. I was hoping to find a management or supervisory position," says Rucker.

Others say any position will make them happy.

"It doesn't matter. It really doesn't matter, just as long as I can get a job," Lumpkins says.

As the dozens fill out their applications, many say the job fair alone is enough to get people back on their feet.

"I think this is an opportunity to maybe even just raise their spirits a little bit to let them know that, there is a light at the end of the tunnel," Collins says.

Representatives with the company say jobs are available for all sorts of skill levels, and anyone can fill out an application.

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