The first ever Grow Grayson Job Expo saw a huge turnout this past Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Grayson County Tourism Director Brittany Gary said the event, held at the Centre on Main in Leitchfield, saw 150 people attend within the first 30 minutes, and around 275 people attend overall.
Numerous local companies and organizations attended the expo to meet with local individuals looking for jobs.
Companies in attendance included Bel Brands USA, Core-Mark, Jackson Hewitt, Leggett and Platt, MTD, and Plastikon, and most were looking to hire employees right away. Many attendees of the job expo picked up, filled out, and turned in job applications on the spot.
“All the companies were pleased with the turnout,” said Gary.
Plastikon Human Resources Manager Amanda Tomes said her company’s goal at the job expo was to boost local employment.
Tomes said that skilled positions, such as maintenance, for which local residents may often go outside of Grayson County to seek, are available in-county.
Sandra Geary, Area Manager of Jackson Hewitt in Leitchfield and Hardinsburg, said she was happy with the response to Tuesday’s event, which saw so many people attend she had to have extra applications brought in to give out.
Core-Mark Operations Manager Tony Segura said he and his staff were “very, very pleased” with the “tremendous turnout” to the event.
Additionally, representatives from the Grayson County Technology Center (GCTC) and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Leitchfield Campus were on hand to meet with former, current, and prospective students.
Russell Chaney, the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining instructor at the GCTC, said he and the staff of the technology center viewed the job expo as an opportunity to network, as well as to see what their former students, several of whom were in attendance Tuesday, are doing.
“We’re really pleased with the response,” said Dudley Cooper, Executive Director of the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation, of the event, adding that he was appreciative of the companies and community partners who attended, offering a “good variety of jobs.”
The turnout to Tuesday’s Grow Grayson Job Expo was so high that County representatives have asked the companies who attended whether they would like to see a job expo held on an annual basis, and, if so, how it can be improved in the future, according to Gary.
Snacks and drinks at Tuesday’s job expo were provided by Core-Mark.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.