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Hundreds attend HWI job fair

About 40 positions expected for new South Point plant

SOUTH POINT — Hundreds packed into the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce on Monday, as part of a job fair for the 40 positions expected at the new HarbisonWalker International plant at The Point industrial park.

The event was scheduled to run for four hours and, within the first half hour, organizers said they already had 150 in line for the job seeking process, which included applications and one-on-one interviews with company representatives. HWI expects the plant, its first new one since the 1970s, to be full operational by mid-2018 and many of the positions could be staffed and working in the early part of the year.

HWI manufactures refractoring products, used in to protect materials in production methods that include heat or chemical process.

Mona Dine, director of talent management for the company, the company was pleased at the turnout, which exceeded expectations.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “We’re very fortunate. We want to showcase the opportunities we’re offering.”

She said the company has many positions to fill, from entry-level spots that require a high school diploma, to those that require a background in manufacturing.

“We’re looking for manufacturing technicians, production technicians, quality technicians, shipping and receiving clerks – things like that,” she said.

She said those who seemed a good fit for the jobs, based on Monday’s event, will get to move along to the next step of the process.

And, for those who missed Monday’s event, the company will be returning to host similar events. She said those who are interested in working for HWI can also go to the company’s website at ww.hwi.com and click on the “careers” section for more information about open positions.