Industrial job fairs draw hundreds seeking employment

By: Staff Report

ROCKINGHAM — Direct Pack’s job fair last month, the first since expanding into the county, exceeded the company’s expectations and there are more to come this summer.

Laura Murphy, vice president of marketing for Direct Pack, said nearly 300 people came out to the fair, far more than expected and said many were “well qualified.”

“We had it to let the community know we were there and that we’re looking for qualified people,” Murphy said. “We enjoy getting to know the community.”

The packaging company brought 94 jobs to Richmond County in 2016 and planned to invest $12.75 million over the next five years.

According to the N.C. Department of Commerce’s preliminary data from May, Richmond County has an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent with 872 people unemployed.

Three other job fairs are scheduled for this month:

• RSI on July 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Therafirm on July 18 from 8-10 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m.

• ITG/Burlington on July 25 from 1-4 p.m.

About 500 people braved the summer heat in 2016 for a chance at one of the 40 jobs being offered by retail store Rue 21.

Staff Report