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Kent firm sees success By THOMAS GALLICK | STAFF WRITER


ITH SO MANY JOB seekers living in Northeastern Ohio, people looking for work may need to be extra vigilant to find that open position. That’s one of the lessons from MAC LTT’s recent expansion into Kent in Portage County. MAC LTT president Jim Maiorana said the firm, which manufactures liquid tank trailers mainly for use in the oil and gas industries, said he’s barely needed to advertise his open positions. He said publicity from newspaper articles about the company’s expansion and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have drawn potential workers to the firm. The company has added 65 jobs since it opened in October and plans to add 100 more this year, with welders being the company’s highest need. Maiorana said the easiest way for potential employees to get a foot in the door is show up at MAC LTT, located at 1400 Fairchild Ave., and fill out an application. “If they’re a welder they get seen immediately,” Maiorana said, adding that applicants will likely be given a weld test that day. Job seekers can also look for businesses, such as MAC LTT, which received government grant funding and financing. Those businesses are good bets for continued growth and expansion, as the Ohio Department of Development does thorough research into the future viability of companies before lending or granting money. The Ohio Controlling Board approved around $6 million in funding and financing for the MAC LTT expansion in Kent. MAC LTT is a division of MAC Trailer, an Alliance-based trailer manufacturer that employed more than 550 people in its Alliance and Salem locations. Kasich said he expected to see a return on the states investment in the company within a year when he visited Kent for MAC LTT’s grand opening in November. Maiorana said the company will also need to fill open mechanic positions throughout the year.

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An employee of MAC LTT in Kent welds a liquid tank trailer. The firm is planning to add 100 jobs this year, with welders being most in demand. “We looking for hardworking guys who are willing to show up to work (every day),” Maiorana said. “Or even guys who are willing to come in and learn a new trade and make a career out of this.” Within the next few years, MAC LTT plans to expand to a total of 230 em-

ployees. All of MAC’s employees work day shift hours at the Kent plant, the former home of manufacturer Fontaine Trailer. MAC LTT is the biggest manufacturer to arrive in the city of Kent since Land O’Lakes located in the city in 1983.

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ABOUT THIS SECTION This special employment section is appearing in the 13 Dix Communications newspapers in Northeast Ohio and their websites. The employment ads also will be posted on It will reach more than 164,000 subscribers and more than 292,000 unique online visitors of the Alliance Review, Ashland Times-Gazette, Wooster Daily Record, The Daily Jeffersonian, Record-Courier, Cuyahoga Falls News-Press, Hudson Hub Times, Stow Sentry, Tallmadge Express, Aurora Advocate, Gateway News, Nordonia News-Leader and Twinsburg Bulletin. The local stories in the section were produced by the news staffs of the participating newspapers.

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Maintenance Supervisor

Republic Steel has immediate opportunities at our steelmaking and casting operations in Canton, Ohio. Qualified candidates will offer a related degree or equivalent training and experience in maintaining heavy industrial equipment. Maintenance Supervisors are responsible for directing the workforce in daily activities to ensure equipment is operational and safe to meet production objectives. We seek “hands-on” engineers and technicians who enjoy working on the production floor and getting involved with maintenance and installation projects. Previous supervisory experience required. Electrical skills must include PLC’s (Allen Bradley, ABB), AC / DC motors, controls, digital drives, circuits, electricity and high voltage distribution. Republic offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, vacation and 401K match.

Maintenance Technicians

Republic Steel seeks experienced Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance Technicians for our Canton, Ohio steelmaking operations to perform preventive, predictive, and routine maintenance tasks to include troubleshooting issues, repairing mill equipment, and performing inspections, and adjustments.

Qualifications must include at least 3 years experience maintaining heavy manufacturing equipment; mechanical skills - hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanics and basic electrical repair; electrical skills - PLC’s (Allen Bradley, ABB), AC / DC motors, controls, digital drives, circuits, electricity and high voltage distribution. A post secondary education or technical trade certificate is preferred. The position requires a willingness to work rotating shifts including weekends and holidays as required. Base hourly rate of $21.67 plus 20% weekly incentive opportunity, 401k option and fully paid healthcare benefits including dental and vision.

REPLY TO: C. Muller, Human Resources 2633 8th St. NE Canton, OH, 44704

REPLY TO: M. Parker, Human Resources 2633 8th St. NE Canton, OH, 44704

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COLUMBUS — Chrysler Group is looking to hire 1,105 people at a Toledo area plant. That’s in addition to 1,700 already working at the facility. VXI Global Solutions Inc. has outlined plans for 966 new people at its Canton operations. The list goes on from there: 31 Gifts, 500 jobs in Springfield; Amtrust Financial Services, 800 jobs in Cleveland; Abercrombie & Fitch Management, 500 in the Columbus area; FWT LLC, 200 in Defiance County; Invado International, 300 jobs in Richfield; IRG Warren, 300 jobs in Warren; and Menard’s, 350 jobs in Holiday City in northwestern Ohio. There are thousands of other positions across Ohio that companies have committed to create in coming years, thanks to financial incentives awarded by the state. The Ohio Department of Development and JobsOhio, the state’s new private nonprofit to deal with job creation, counted 245 such projects in 2011 that will lead to 21,099 new jobs and 61,686 re-

tained positions. Combined, the projects will generate nearly $4.8 billion in annual payroll and $3.3 billion in capital investment. “We have been a part of creating 21,000 new jobs,” Mark Kvamme, a longtime Kasich friend who served as the governor’s top jobs adviser before becoming head of JobsOhio, told reporters late last year during a review of Ohio’s 2011 economic development efforts. “... It’s fantastic for 21,000 families, but it’s close to a billion dollars of new payroll. That billion dollars is going to be spent at the nail salon, at the pizza parlor, at the dry cleaners. It’s going to be spent at all these places that really employ a ton of people. You’re going to start seeing that acceleration throughout the entire state.” He added, “We’re now on the map. ... We are now going on the offensive.” There are lots of other jobs in the pipeline, both literally and figuratively speaking, thanks to horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, an emerging method of extracting oil and gas from deep underground shale deposits. For example A V&M Star

I like to think that kind of a sleeping giant has been awakened, called Ohio. ... Ohio was 47th in the country a year ago, and now we’re moving. We’re starting to see daylight. ” Gov. John Kasich Steel plant in the Youngstown area promises hundreds of jobs to manufacture steel tubing to be used in the industry. “I like to think that kind of a sleeping giant has been awakened, called Ohio,” Gov. John Kasich said about the state’s jobs outlook. But, he added, “We have a long way to go. ... We are in touch with 83,000 either jobs saved or jobs created, but we’re not out of the woods. Ohio was 47th in the country a year ago, and now we’re moving. We’re starting to see daylight.” More jobs announcements are expected in 2012, as the state shifts economic development programs currently housed in the Ohio Department of Development to JobsOhio, with a focus on companies involved in manufacturing, financial services, agriculture, energy and medical industries.

But the job-creation trends already appear to be helping to bring down Ohio’s jobless numbers. In December, the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent from 8.5 percent in November. The state’s work force also dropped by more than 3,000 workers, to about 5.1 million. Kasich is careful not to read too much into the results. “I’ve been very cautious in terms of declaring mission accomplished,” he said. “It’s clearly not. The mission is nowhere near accomplished.” He added, “Whether it’s energy, whether it’s manufacturing, whether it’s medical, we’re seeing signs of life... but it’s a long way to go in Ohio. But we’ve got the scale, the size, the people. We can win.” Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

Opportunities exist for experienced seniors By DOROTHY MARKULIS | STOW SENTRY Senior workers looking for employment have a raft of local, state and federal agencies ready to work with them. Mature Services, a non-profit agency funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Ohio Department of Aging and Summit County, offers assistance at no cost to job seekers for temporary or permanent employment. “Our focus is training people how to look for work,” said Paul Magnus, Mature Services vice president of work force development. Job seekers participate in a one-on-one conference and initial assessments with counselors and move into a more detailed, more personalized job training program. “First we find out what your transferable skills are,” Magnus said. “We find that older workers and those who have been out of work for some time need to update the skills they do have.” People who have lost a job tend to look at themselves as victims, according to Magnus.

Aluminum & Steel Welders • Supervision Engineering • Assembly • Plumbing • Wiring Material Handlers • Fork-lift Operators and Many Other Office and Support Staff Positions Welder Training, MAC is also opening the doors to train welders for welding positions. If interested in being enrolled in welding class training in order to be employed as a welder at one of MAC’s locations, please submit application for welding and include in “General Information” section of application, “Interested in Welding Training.”

MAC Trailer and its entities continue to grow including our latest addition of MAC LTT in Kent Ohio. All of the MAC Locations are currently growing and accepting applicants for many positions of employment. Please visit our web site today at WWW.MACTRAILER.COM and submit your application for employment. MAC is an equal opportunity employer.

“We have to change that perception,” he said. A big part of job seeking is learning how to develop strategies for un-advertised positions, according to Magnus. “It’s almost like being a good reporter,” he said, “finding opportunities through social networking.” For more information, or to schedule a free initial interview, call 330-253-4597 ext. 135.


Mature Services also offers the Job Club, which provides guidance and training in an indepth program at no cost to participants. “Our Job Club is a comprehensive three-week course which requires commitment to participate, but it is a very successful program,” said Don Zirkle, training and placement supervisor for the club. “It’s three weeks, five days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.” He said most Job Club members are 55 and older. The biggest hurdle in that age group is a lack of computer skills. “Most of the people do not even type,” Zirkle said. The Job Club offers skillbuilding, goal setting and networking. For more information call 330-253-4597 ext. 135. SEE JOB CLUB, D5


Job Club trainer Chris Walker, standing, assists trainee Pat Bedell in the computer resource room at the Summit County office of Mature Services.


- Electrical engineer - Strong background with machine controls, robotics & PLCs - Mechanical press & hydraulic knowledge - Forging and/or steel industry is a plus - Designed automation systems, machine safety controls & electrical controls wiring - Problem solving involving redesigning process layouts, machinery & implementing automation

- Keyence, Automation Direct & Mitsubishi/ Allen Bradley PLC programming exp. - General robot exp., focus on ABB is a plus - Responsible for scope of projects, designs & cost estimates, design, programming & installations - Customer service including travel to customer facilities to perform on site installations, programming, startup, training, maintenance & troubleshooting.



480V & 3-phase electrical Pneumatics and Hydraulics Diagnosing Malfunctions Ability to read Schematics & Blue Prints TIG/MIG/ARC Welding

- Mechanical Aptitude to install new machinery, replace parts, bearings, gears, motors, etc. - Excellent Mathematic Reasoning

Both positions are eligible for Health and Dental Benefits, Profit Sharing and Tuition Reimbursement

MAC Continues to Grow Alliance Facility Salem Facility MAC Service MAC MBR Leasing MAC LTT 14599 Commerce St. 1453 Allen Road 14504 Commerce 1400 Fairchild 14599 Commerce St. Alliance, OH 44601 Salem, OH 44460 Alliance, OH 44601 Kent, OH 44240 Alliance, OH 44601

Apply at: 4500 Crane Centre Dr. Streetsboro, OH 44241

fax 330-995-5174

Specify which job you are applying for. Pre-employment orientation, physical, drug test and background check required. EOE



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Stark State adds wind energy study program Program is first of its kind in the country By LAURIE HUFFMAN | THE (ALLIANCE) REVIEW There are currently 60,000 Ohio manufacturer workers specializing in advanced energy. Toward this end, Ohio graduates thousands of “green collar” workers every year, and many universities and colleges in the state have implemented curricula, training and degrees that produce workers with advancedenergy expertise. Included among these is Stark State College, which has partnered to add a new wind energy research and development center and a coordinated training program. This will be America’s first research and development center for large wind-turbine gearbox systems, and it also establishes a technical program for Stark State students. Ohio consistently ranks first among U.S. states in the creation of new energy projects. The state has invested hundreds of millions of dollars during the past 10 years to develop and promote advanced energy here at home. Within Ohio, a hub of energy research has been established that will help get products to market more quickly and profitably. Ohio already boasts an impressive wind-energy manufacturing supply chain, and it sits in the middle of developing renewable-energy markets in the North-

east and Midwest. Wind Energy follows the lead of Ohio’s solar industry, which is already shining brightly. Photovoltaic component materials have been made here for a long time, resulting in a cluster of manufacturers and research initiatives that are internationally prominent and thriving. In addition, Ohio is recognized globally for its fast, effective routing of goods and services worldwide. Irene Motts, director of marketing and communications at Stark State College, North Canton, reported on Wednesday that the college has developed a one-year certificate in wind turbine maintenance technology. The certificate is designed to teach all methods of safely and effectively evaluating and maintaining commercial wind turbine equipment. The program is part of a partnership with The Timken Company, and is designed to train wind turbine maintenance technicians to troubleshoot and maintain wind turbines. This type of work typically involves out-of-state travel, Motts noted. “Our program began in the fall of 2011, and we currently have nine students enrolled,” said Motts. The Timken Company and the Stark County Port Authority offi-

Gathered to break ground for Stark State College’s new wind energy R&D center in 2011, are, from left, Tom Chiappini, chief operating officer and treasurer, Stark State College; Tim Timken, chairman of the board, The Timken Co.; Doug Smith, senior vice president, technology and quality, The Timken Co.; Stephen Paquette, president and CEO, Stark County Development Board.


cially broke ground in 2011 on the new Wind Energy R&D Center, the first of its kind in North America. At the facility, the Timken Company will develop ultra-large bearings and seals on sophisticated equipment that replicates the operating environment of large multi-megawatt wind turbines. The $11.8 million R&D center represents a collaborative effort by Stark State, The Timken Company, the Stark County Port Authority and Stark Development Board, with joint funding for the project including $6 million from Timken; $2.1 million from Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission; and a $1.5 million loan from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority’s Advanced Energy Jobs Stim-

ulus Program. The center will anchor the college’s new Emerging Technologies Airport Campus on 15 acres of property adjacent to the Akron-Canton Airport. The 18,000square-foot center will secure 65 jobs, directly, while creating a unique research practicum and technical certification program for Stark State College students, offering them critical experience, conducting research, developing new designs and testing large wind-turbine bearing systems. It also will provide critical training for current and future technicians across the spectrum of operating services required by today’s wind turbine manufacturers and

operators. “Wind energy represents a big opportunity, and working in partnership with Stark State, we intend to be a big part of that business – both literally and figuratively,” said Tim Timken, chairman of the board at The Timken Company. The center will provide testing capability for the massive bearings and sealing systems needed to support that next generation of wind turbines, bearings weighing more than five tons – big enough to drive an SUV through the center. For more information about energy-related jobs, visit The Ohio Workforce Office at or—

Workshop explores jobs in oil, gas field By JUDIE PERKOWSKI THE DAILY JEFFERSONIAN

An Oil and Gas Career Exploration workshop will be presented every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Guernsey County Opportunity Center — or locally referred to as One-Stop — in Cambridge. The workshops are free to anyone interested in finding out more information about different jobs offered at the oil and gas companies. Each session will last from 45 minutes to one hour. “This workshop is in response to the applicants who do not know the terminology used by the oil and gas companies in relation to jobs. For instance, what is a roustabout or an assistant tech? We will explain the terminology and give a little background on available jobs, so the applicant will know what they are getting into. We will also define what a company means by laborintensive, traveling, work far from home, etc.,” said Sue Thomas Sikora, Opportunity Center manager. “The starting wage for entry-level jobs is $14.50 per hour and up,” she said. “The

wages can vary, depending on the company.” For information about the center, the workshop, or to apply for a job online, visit, or call 432-2381, ext. 2205. For information about the gas/oil certification program at Zane State College at the Willett-Pratt Training Center, call Tim Snodgrass at 740-588-1307. Anyone who has a high school diploma or a GED, is willing to work 60-100 hours per week, is willing to travel and be away from home for a job, can stop by the center and take advantage of this workshop to determine if a certain job is right for them. There is no application or requirements to attend and it is open to the public. Steve Mourer, eligibility specialist at the Opportunity Center, said he is there to help a prospective applicant formulate a profile and guide

them through the process. “There are several questions you will be required to answer to begin the prescreening process to apply for a job in the oil and gas industry,” said Mourer. “I help a prospective applicant formulate a profile and help guide them through the process,” he said. “We pre-screen people to make sure they understand what kind of jobs they are applying for. It is not just a matter of filling out an application. Jobs that are currently in demand in the industry are entry level positions to work at the drilling site. “Once someone fills out a job application and has passed the pre-screening, their application is sent to the employer. The process narrows down potential candidates. The work is very labor intensive and demanding.” Sikora added, “The

oil/gas companies prefer to hire people who live within one or two hours of the work site. Pre-screening is a tool used to make sure the job applicant understands the process and makes the commitment. The workers will spend three months in Pennsylvania for on-the-job training. “Employers want to bring qualified workers back to Ohio when drilling operations begin.” At least a dozen companies are in the area looking for employees. From equipment operators, maintenance and service technicians, field managers and operation managers, well services supervisors, truck drivers, crew chiefs, derrick and crew workers. There are also many jobs associated with the oil and gas industry that do not involve working on a drilling site.


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The Step2 Company is looking for assembly and machine helpers to work in our Streetsboro and Perrysville Manufacturing Plants. Step2 will hire qualified candidates on a temporary basis and high performing individuals will have the opportunity to become regular full-time employees after 60 days of temporary employment. Employees work 12-hour shifts (6am-6pm or 6pm6am) and will work 48 hours one week and 36 the following.

Customer Service Rep

Ameridial, is seeking motivated, upbeat, top notch individuals to join our inbound Call CenterTeam. You will be providing the best customer service experience for our clients. Ameridial offers an unlimited earning potential, hourly pay plus a lucrative bonus program. Our team is growing quickly and we believe in promoting from within. Qualifications: 1 year of customer service or sales experience Excellent verbal communication skills Computer skills (internet, email, instant messenger, and general pc knowledge) Strong problem solving and analytical skills 30 wpm typing/ 90% or above accuracy

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Qualified candidates will have a stable work history and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Manufacturing experience is a plus. Candidates being considered for hire will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment background screen and drug test. Interested individuals may apply in person at the following locations: Step2 Manufacturing Plant 10010 Aurora-Hudson Road, Streetsboro, OH 44241. Step2 Manufacturing Plant 2 Step2 Drive, Perrysville, OH 44864. Resumes can be sent to

Apply for any of our offices within Ohio online at or send a resume to

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Hiring predictions on the rise for grads By KYLE MCDONALD | STAFF WRITER

Finding a career after graduating from college can be as time consuming as the job it leads to. The good news is hiring predictions are on the rise for college graduates. According to the Job Outlook 2012 survey conducted by National Association of Colleges and Employers, 50.8 percent of responding employers anticipate to add new hires through 2012. Of those responding employers, 37.4 percent said they

MACHINE OPERATORS LINE WORKERS MAINTENANCE MECHANIC Malco Products, Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturer is looking to fill the following positions for 1st shift positions at its Alliance facility – MACHINE OPERATORS / LINE WORKERS / COMPOUNDERS / MAINTENANCE MECHANIC. General labor positions should be able to operate a variety of packaging machines & perform designated quality checks. Maintenance Mechanic should have the ability to perform normal maintenance repairs on factory equipment; ability to work with & repair motors; willing & able to perform a wide variety of maintenance functions – plumbing, painting, PM, HVAC, roof repairs, weld & cut (ARC & TIG). Tow motor exp is a plus for all positions. Malco offers competitive wages & an excellent benefits package. Interested & qualified candidates email resumes to or apply in person at 12155 Fisher Ave. NE, Alliance / 393 W. Wilbeth Ave, Akron / 361 Fairview Ave. Barberton. Tobacco & Drug Free Work environment – positive testing of either are not eligible for hire. M/F/D/V

Welder Fitter The Will-Burt Company is the world leader of telescoping masts in a variety of industries, and maintains a strong manufacturing infrastructure in machining, sheet metal fabrication and full turnkey assembly for both internal and external customers. We are currently seeking candidates for our Welder Fitter positions in our Quick Turn and Production Welding Departments . The ideal candidate should have 3-5 years fitting and welding experience, and should have at least one year certificate from vocational or technical school. Must have experience with GMAW, GTAW and be capable of passing AWS D1.1 certification. Robot welding, aluminum, and stainless steel experience also a plus. Must be able to Read blueprints and build parts to specifications without fixtures. Please provide a detailed work history with experience when applying. We offer a competitive salary and benefits plan including health, dental & life insurance, vacation, bonus plan, 401(k) & stock plan. Qualified candidates should send their resumes to: The Will-Burt Company, Human Resources, 169 S. Main Street, PO Box 900, Orrville, Ohio 44667 or email resumes to No Phone calls please. It Is the Policy of The Will-Burt Company to base all employment decisions on principles of equal opportunity and take affirmative action in the employment of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans and military status. -Please reference PO #WDW9000140 -Please confirm with proof and pricing to the attention of: Jennifer Shook Phone: (330) 684-5268 Fax: (330) 684-5261 E-mail:

We’re educating our graduates to be more flexible and recognize that the first job might be a stepping stone to other opportunities.” Ann Motayar, director of Career Services at Kent State University

“I found a lot of jobs there and it seems to be less flooded than sites like Career Builder and Monster.” Motayar said students shouldn’t expect to land their dream job right after college, rather they should look at their first job as part of the path to the job they hope for one day. “It’s the nature of the work force these days. It’s a more temporary project-based world of the employer,” she said. “We’re educating our graduates to be more flexible and recognize that the first job might be a stepping stone to other opportunities.” Motayar said part of being flexible includes being open to relocating for a job, especially for graduates in fields such as education, where jobs are still scarce and competitive. Such is the case for Dan Rahe, a KSU education major who graduated in May 2010. After months of actively hunting for a job, exhausting all of his network resources and working two part-time jobs, Rahe accepted a job as a math teacher in Hampton, Va. “I was very active. I can’t tell you how many different jobs I applied to, but I did apply in at least five or six different states before I found the one that I really wanted,” Rahe said. “There are options open, but you have to be willing to go get it instead of standing around and waiting.” Rahe said while searching for a job, he found that most job applications for school districts were online. His teaching job came through, he said. Motayar said many companies are also branching into social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to post jobs and find recruits. Employers are also conducting job interviews over the phone and through telecommunication programs such as Skype, which allows for face-toface online conversation. When a job interview is lined up, Motayar said it’s important not to put yourself before the company. “Take the stance of what the candidate can do for the employer, not what the employer can do for you,” she said. After the interview, she said it’s important to ask what the next step in the process is, as well as follow up with a thank you to show interest. Above all, don’t underestimate your network of contacts, Motayar said, adding that “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” still holds true in most cases.

Volunteering can be gateway to employment By MISSY LOAR | ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE For job seekers who aren’t having any luck finding employment, volunteer work can be a way to stay busy while learning new skills, garnering experience and meeting new people who can help connect them with potential employers. This is especially true for people who’ve been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. Cassandra Holtzmann, director of the Ashland County Department of Job and Family Services, said jobs can be harder to find for these individuals because employers are hesitant to hire them. “The big question I have as a human resources person would be, what is this person doing with their time?” she said. “(Volunteer work) really does show that you’re somebody who’s a go-getter, somebody who’s not sitting around letting grass grow under your feet.” Holtzmann said that while there aren’t many volunteer positions that directly lead to or become a paying job, she has seen a few organizations hire volunteers. One organization that does hire vol-

unteers is the Salvation Army. Major JoAnn Shade of the Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center said she has seen people hired through volunteering in positions such as office work, social services, the recreation area, front desk and maintenance — a variety of jobs requiring different skills. The key is for job seekers to get their name out there. “It gives you an opportunity to get to know somebody and see their work ethic,” Shade said. “When we’re looking for somebody, we generally have that conversation — who do we know?” This is also true outside the organization where a person volunteers. By volunteering, people have the chance to meet new people who may know an employer with an opening or to become known through word of mouth and involvement. “You build a reputation in the community as far as giving your personal time and showing you can be where you’re supposed to be on time,” Holtzmann said. “You can really get yourself out there if you volunteer and meet a lot of people that have good connections.”

Ev DeVaul, executive director of the United Way of Ashland County, said the United Way often shares the names of volunteers they’ve observed as dependable workers. Employers may see volunteer work on a resume as evidence of values they want employees to have. People can also use volunteer work to learn new skills, ranging from work-related skills like word processing to general skills such as showing up on time, how to dress and how to talk to people in a work environment. These skills can help a person not only obtain a job but keep it. There are no guarantees that volunteer work will lead to a job, but it can’t hurt. “If you’re staying in your house, you’re not making any progress at all,” Holtzmann said. The Salvation Army and the United Way are just two organizations that work with volunteers. These and other organizations have chapters in many places, in addition to groups specific to one community, where people can volunteer, network and hone their skills.


uernsey County Opportunity Center Where Success is Working!

Jump on Board! Now is your chance to get on the fast track to a new job! You may be eligible for training funds to help you prepare for a career in today’s job market. Don’t wait any longer! Call the Guernsey County Opportunity Center at 740-432-2381, ext. 2255 for more information. All your employment and training solutions in one convenient place!


324 Highland Ave., Cambridge, OH 43725

A manufacturing firm in Youngstown, Ohio is currently accepting applications for full time machine assemblers on 1st and 3rd shifts, in a clean and well organized work environment. Ability to read shop drawings, good hand eye coordination a plus. Will stand or sit to operate heat sealing or industrial sewing machines.Comprehensive Benefit package includes medical, dental, 401(k), paid holidays and vacation. Pre-employment drug screen and physical are required. Also accepting applications for Estimator/Order Entry for dependable individual who can use mathematical calculations and drawn schematics to prepare product estimates. Drafting techniques and Auto Cad would be a plus. Proficient data entry 10 key skills required. Full time, benefits include health, dental, 401K, vacation and holidays. Submit resumes to:

GLI Pool Products 215 Sinter Court Youngstown, OH 44510 or fax to 330-259-3620

would maintain current employment levels, while 11.8 percent said they would decrease staff. In 2009, after the economy took a downturn, employers responding to NACE’s survey reported only a 16.9 percent increase in hiring expectations, while 43.4 percent said they would maintain current levels and 39.7 percent said they would down size. Knowing where and how to find job opportunities is critical to having success on the job hunt, and most colleges have a career center or services department to equip students with job searching tools and coaching before they graduate. Ann Motayar, director of Career Services at Kent State University, said Career Services has much information to offer for students to help make decisions about themselves and what they want in a job. “Your job is really the primary part of how you spend your time and can really determine your quality of life,” Motayar said. Motayar said Career Services provides resources including career advising, a bi-annual career fair open to students and alumni and an online aggregation of job listing websites such as and Delicous, which groups job searches into topical areas such as salary, non-profit work, out of state and military veterans. Career Services also conducts mock interviews to help build interviewing skills. Motayar also recommends that students actively build their marketability while in school through internships, participation in organizations and volunteer service work. “At the end of the day, that’s what hiring employers are paying attention to,” she said. Nick Piazza, an August 2011 graduate of KSU’s geology program, said his social experiences while in school outweighed his classroom experiences for job preparation. While working on his geology degree, Piazza was active in Geology club and went on several field camp trips with professors and classmates. He said the trips were educational, but more importantly he learned how to work in a team with his classmates and professors. “Be in groups, be in clubs,” Piazza said. “The connections can help a lot, but most importantly, it gets you in the mindset to talk to people on a professional level.” Piazza said one of his professors recommended him to an employer, which led to a job as an environmental technician. Four months later, after finding the job to be less fulfilling than expected, Piazza left. Two weeks later, he was interviewed and hired for a new job as an environmental monitoring technician, after posting his resume on “I strongly recommend that website to anybody,” he said.

We are seeking experienced, skilled welders. Trailer building and aluminum welding experience a plus. We offer a competitive starting rate of $13.47 for welders, continuing with a $.50 increase every three months the first year ($2.00 fixed), plus a $.50 increase after the second year and $.50 increase the third year. Plus additional increases. Joining our team includes:

• Excellent health care • 11 paid holidays • Paid vacation • Profit sharing plan • 401K plan

Send a resume to:

East Manufacturing Corp. Attn: Human Resources P.O. Box 277 Randolph, OH 44265 or Or complete an application at: East Manufacturing Corp. 1871 State Route 44 Randolph, OH 44265



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Welding industry is booming in Ohio

“There are many certifications available. The American Welding Society is most widely recognized,” Morrison said. “There is a qualification for every specific material and weld joint. Some qualifications will supersede others allowing that person to perform many lesser processes. Like us, most companies will qualify the welders for their specific needs.” As with any industry, the demands are likely to change in the future depending on several different social and economic trends. Nevertheless, Morrison believes that as welding needs change, his company and others will be ready to adapt to meet them. “I am optimistic that the welding industry will always be a great profession,” Morrison said. “As the needs change for people, new items will be required to satisfy them. For example, there is a new emphasis on being green. This change has sprouted needs for recycling equipment and diverse energy production, which has greatly impacted our business in the last few years. There will always be needs for a good welder.”


WOOSTER — At a time when many businesses are trying to do more with less and stretch every dollar as far as possible, the welding industry is actually booming, thanks in large part to other industries trying to conserve resources. Mark Morrison, of Morrison Custom Welding in Wooster has seen first hand a change in his company’s workload as his customers might look to fix a broken item as opposed to buying a completely new replacement. “Many of our customers are running lean. They have cut back on maintenance staff and are putting off new equipment purchases,” Morrison said. “They use our services to make a repair or modification that may have been done in house. The repair service allows an item to be put back into service quickly and generally at a lower cost.” It’s a trend that Morrison thinks will stand true for quite some time and could mean more opportunities for those looking to enter the work force to pursue a career in welding. Not all area companies are outsourcing their welding services now though as the economy shows signs of turning around. The two combined seem to be the perfect storm that is creating optimum conditions for the welding industry. “Right now in Wayne County it is just out of the roof. I’ve got several companies looking for skilled welders,” said Mike Boggs, instructor of welding and metal fabrication at the Wayne County Career Center. “Our local manufacturing companies, their businesses are picking back up again. They had laid people off and scaled back on employees and now they’re having to fill those spots back up and it’s coming back together all at once.” Morrison grew up with a fascination of building things and working with his hands and he was able to capitalize on those interests early on. By the age of 15, he already had a clear desire to be a welder. In creating his own business, Morrison wanted to create a service that would cater to the needs of several different kinds of customers. Morrison Custom Welding not only does the quick repair work but also does custom fabrication to customers around the area by an approximate 50-mile radius. “This area has a diverse range of industries and service companies. Welded and fabricated items are used in all of them,” Morrison said. “Often times welding is perceived as some-



Stow is the new headquarters for the Community Job Club, now located at Stratford Place, 4301 Darrow Road, Suite 2550. The club, founded in 2010 by Diana Miller, has earned national recognition for its efforts. “Our niche seems to be mature workers, 45-plus, in the middle professional level,” she said. “First you need to establish what you want to do, what your skills are.” Many mature workers who have been on the job for a long time often have skills that are outdated, according to Miller. Although the Community Job Club is located in Stow, it is not limited to local residents. Meetings, which feature speakers providing information on job seeking, are monthly the second Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and the fourth Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.


Job Search of Hudson works with Hudson residents or members of Hudson churches to find employment for adults of all ages, according to director Jim Ahern. “We have around 50 advisers who do one-on-one counseling with our job seekers,” Ahern said. Currently 20 to 30 peo-

ple are using Job Search resources to find employment. That number is down from 50 to 60 job seekers in 2008, according to Ahern. “Older folks need to keep their computer skills current,” he suggests. “One other tip, if you’ve been in a job for years and are let go, get over it. Nothing good can come from being negative.” Job seekers are matched with an adviser who can assist them in polishing their skills or developing networking contacts. “It used to be that if you lost your job you were embarrassed and didn’t tell anyone,” Ahern said. For today’s job seekers, that’s all changed. Networking is the key, according to Ahern. He said job hunters need to spend 50 to 70 percent of their time networking. Hudson Job Search meets the first and third Mondays of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. Pre-registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 330-653-5322 or visit


Ohio’s department of Job


Mark Morrison, left, owner of Morrison Custom Welding in Wooster, with welder John McPhillips, says opportunities for a career in the welding field are growing because there are many customers to cater to.

thing done on a farm or putting in gas lines but welding is used extensively in restaurants, construction, factories, residential and the healthcare industry.” With so many customers to cater to, the welding industry continues to grow regardless of the specific need. The issue then becomes finding qualified candidates to fill those additional vacancies. Becoming a certified welder is not the easiest thing to accomplish but there are ample resources for those willing to work for it. Locally, the Career Center offers both high school and adult programs that provide a strong base for workers, on which they can build their skills. There are currently 18 seniors in the program with a few other full time adult students and Boggs said that all of them will have no problem finding a job after graduation. With those basic skills under their belt, workers can then continue to expand their repertoire because of so many different intricacies the welding industry has to offer. and Family Services offers a variety of direct and indirect services to people looking for jobs, including OneStop Centers serving all 88 counties. Summit and Medina counties are served by the OneStop Center in Medina at 3721 Pearl Road in Medina. Call 330-723-9675. Portage and Geauga counties are served by the center at 385 Center St. Suite 100, Char-

don. Call 1-440-285-5842. One-Stop Centers offer free ability testing, work readiness assessments, skill and aptitude tests, job readiness development including communication skills, career counseling, job coaching and continuing support. To find the nearest OneStop Center, visit owd/wia/wiamap.stm. Email:


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The Alliance Training Center, Inc.

Dr. Jo Ann Patterson, RN STNA Primary Instructor P.O. Box 3119 Alliance, Ohio 44601

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ELECTRICAL ENGINEER ProEn, LLC is a local engineering company with an immediate opening for an Electrical Controls Engineer. Candidates should have experience in the design, construction, system start-up and commissioning for AC/DC control circuits with emphasis on DC constant potential controls. Prefer BSEE with 5 - 10 years of related experience. Candidates must have strong AutoCAD skills, circuit design experience, must be detail oriented, team player, and capable of working independently. Company offers excellent compensation program including 401(k) and full benefit package. Send resume to: Engineering Manager 1207 West State Street Alliance, OH 44601

Management (Swings & Assistants) & Maintenance Position

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 3905 Burbank Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 If you’re an energetic and driven individual with supervisory or management exp. in a restaurant, retail, or hospitality environment, we want to meet you! Looking for full & part time hourly managers, all 3 shifts, Benefits: career grouth potential, medical, dental, vision, retirement/401 (k), educational assistance/scholarship, training, and & more. Equal Opportunity Employer. Committed to an inclusive and Driverse Workforce.

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HVAC program sees nearly 100% placement By DIANE SMITH | STAFF WRITER Dave Mapes was “getting tired of sitting on my couch and being unemployed.” And then the New Orleans native remembered that in his hometown, there were “like 50,000” jobs in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning” industry, and nobody in Louisiana offering HVAC certification. Mapes is one of about 50 students in the HVAC program at Fortis College in Ravenna. There, he gets hands-on training on a variety of heating and cooling systems set up in the college’s lab. Michael Hinton, director of career services at Fortis, said the HVAC program is near capacity, and boasts a placement rate of nearly 100 percent. Its handson training, he said, is what sets the program apart, noting that another college has immaculate diagrams — but all its units are behind a glass wall. “That does no good to

New jobs program to focus on minorities By BRAD DICKEN | ELYRIA CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College is launching a new jobs training program aimed at minorities aspart of a one-year pilot effort as part of a statewide workforce development initiative being championed by Gov. John Kasich. The program was formally announced by Kasich during a speech in Columbus honoring MartinLuther King Jr. Kasich said the pilot programs — in addition to LCCC, Columbus State Community College and Cincinnati StateTechnical and Community College also will have separate programs — will focus on building basic and management skills for those participating. “We want members of our minority community to advance and become managers in the state of Ohio and leaders in our country in the business profession,” Kasich said during his speech. LCCC’s tentatively named Career ReStart for Disproportionately Unemployed Minorities will focus on providingcareer development programs as well as basic and occupational skills that will include some industry-recognized credentials, according to an overview of the program provided by Kasich’s office. The program, which will target Hispanics and blacks and black women in particular, also will provide job search and placement services, job entry services and continued training once a participant has started their new job, the overview said. “What we’ve seen is a disproportionate number of minorities who are unemployed and we hope to engage them in career development activities that will better prepare them to re-enter the workforce,” LCCC President Roy Church said in a statement. The overview said that programs specifically for training in information technology and utilities work also could be developed. The ideal result of the project will be to help the unemployed or underemployed return to the work force withnew skills that will allow them to advance their careers. Connie Wehrkamp, a spokeswoman for Kasich, said that the state is still working to determine what, if any, funding it will provide to the programs. The idea however, is for the colleges to utilize existing workforce development resources. In Lorain County,that includes programs such as the Employment netWork partnership as well as community and faithbased organizations.

The industry and the community is very dependent on us.” Al Werman, chairman of the HVAC program at Fortis College

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the student who learns through hands-on experience,” Hinton said. “Our hands-on training is what sets us apart.” The HVAC program is 15 months long, and also offers EPA, OSHA and North American Technician Excellence certification certificates. In addition to students enrolled in the program from start to finish, he said, many companies send their employees there strictly to update their certification. Al Werman, chairman of the HVAC program, has two classes of students, some who train during the day and others who come in the evening. Before coming to Fortis, he worked in a truck

for 50 years. He said the HVAC industry affects people more than they might realize. “We’re the people who keep your milk cold in the grocery store, and keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter,” he said. “The industry and the community is very dependent on us.” He said the department has an advisory board of business and community representatives, and it was through the advice of that panel that Werman realized the department’s focus needs to be more environmentally friendly. “Our industry is the largest consumer of power in the world,” he said. “We have to become more green.”

Mapes said the need for HVAC technicians in Louisiana is because of the heat, noting that residents use air conditioners 10 months out of the year, and furnaces maybe two months. When he graduates in June, he plans to take his skills home. Campus President Sonya Hartburg said the program was among those added six years ago, when the former Bohecker College moved to the Ravenna Business Park on the city’s north side. The college changed its name in 2010 to reflect its ownership by Education Affiliates. At that time, Hartburg said, the college’s student population was overwhelmingly female. “This was a way for us to reach out to the men,” she said. The college, she said, is evaluating adding more trades, but wants to make sure there is a market for those jobs after students graduate. But not all of the students in the trades are men. There

is a growing number of women in the welding and HVAC programs, including Edna Taylor of Windham. Taylor, 22, is a single mom who joined the HVAC program because she likes to learn by doing.

“I’m more of a handso n w o r k e r, ” s h e s a i d . After graduation she plans to work in the industry for a while before eventually starting her own business, she said.

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