10/24/18 – Job fair has more furniture positions

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by admin


October 24, 2018


By Virginia Annable



Caldwell is Hiring may be a little busier this year because of the Heritage Home Group employees who will be out of a job after Nov. 2, but other employers are ready to hire them.


With the announcement that HHG’s Lenoir Casegoods plant will close and the upholstery plant will be sold, local employers hurting for skilled workers are eager to recruit those workers, no matter their age, said Deborah Murray, the executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. This Thursday’s Caldwell is Hiring, the biannual job fair organized by the EDC is the perfect opportunity.


“There is just a very high level of interest in all of those highly skilled people,” Murray said. “They’re a proven, experienced workforce. There’s excitement.”


That labor pool, combined with another several hundred people who typically show up to the hiring event, has the nearly 50 employers excited to fill positions that are difficult to fill because the local unemployment rate is so low — 3.9 percent in August, the most recent numbers, she said.


“From that standpoint, there is a little nervousness,” Murray said. “What if people don’t come out — there just aren’t people out there.”


That’s why this year the EDC marketed the event beyond Caldwell County, reaching farther for job seekers to fill the nearly 2,000 jobs available at the event. The EDC has posted every job on the Caldwell is Hiring Facebook page to let job seekers know in advance what positions are available, Murray said.


“We’re just trying to do those things that allow someone to understand that there’s reason to go to this event because there’s going to be not one but multiple opportunities,” Murray said.


There will be employers such as Merchants Distributors Inc., Google, Sealed Air, Timber Wolf and a large number of furniture manufacturers, including Hickory Chair, Williams-Sonoma, Bruex Inc. and Kellex Seating.


The high number of furniture companies is an indication of the industry’s strength, Murray said.


“I think furniture is growing as an industry,” she said. “They are expanding and doing incredibly well. … All of our industries are — I can’t name any that aren’t.”


This year is the eighth year of the event, but Murray said she still gets excited at the prospect of connecting employers to employees.


“It’s the same every year,” she said. “I have this almost Christmas-like anticipation.”


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