LISBON - The office has been "buzzing with activity over the past two days," according to Jessica A. Borza, the chief operating officer for the One-Stop System of Mahoning and Columbiana counties.
Another word she used was "inundated."
On Monday, Columbus McKinnon, the parent company of Chester Hoist Co. in Lisbon, said about 90 new jobs will be coming to Salem as part of a $2 million expansion over the next three years.
The jobs, according to Chester Hoist Division General Manager Bob Burkey, will be tied to United Steel Workers of America wage scales, averaging about $17 per hour and include CNC machinists, assemblers, engineers, mechanical and electrical, welders, inspectors and administration personnel.
He said all job applications would be processed through the One-Stop System.
Burkey said they will be needed for two shifts at the 49,000 square foot Solartec facility being leased on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Burkey said the jobs were "very competitive" adding the company has full medical and dental coverage.
The 75 employees at the Chester Hoist Lisbon plant will retain their jobs and the company expects to have the majority of the 90 new Salem jobs filled by year end.
Burkey said they expect to be operational in April.
"Our Workforce Center has been filled with applicants from the time our doors open until we close for the evening," Borza said Wednesday.
"On Tuesday, we had 230 applicants and today 233 so far (at 3:30 p.m.). This is in addition to our regular traffic, which averages about 64 job seekers each day."
Borza added, "The majority of the applicants for Chester Hoist have been from Columbiana County with many also from Mahoning County.
"Our highest priority right now are the CNC machinists, mechanical engineer and electrical design engineer positions.
"The employer prefers resumes, and we prefer to receive them electronically.
"Interested applicants can email resumes to email@example.com. Resumes are also being accepted at the One-Stop Workforce Centers in Boardman and Lisbon, and applications will be accepted for those without resumes."
Borza said the staff has "done a great job in expediting the process for applicants" adding that, "we've been busier at the One-Stop since the downturn in the economy with so many people being affected by layoffs in our community.
"It is refreshing to share these quality job openings with those seeking employment and energizing to be involved with this project and several others that have come to us in recent days.
"We are pleased to assist the company with filling these jobs in Columbiana County."
Larry Shields can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org