The job fair, which also has the Georgia Department of Labor as a partner, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building D, Room 400 at CTC’s North Metro Campus in Acworth.
According to a press release, Inalfa is constructing a new facility in Acworth and predicts it will begin operation in early 2014. The Aug. 28 job fair will be focusing on such positions as engineers, quality control, production supervisors, information technology, human resources, back office personnel and accounting. Anyone interested in attending should dress for an interview and bring several copies of an updated resume. Pre-registration is not required.
For Human Resources Manager Anna Mareau the job fair is an opportunity to publicize Inalfa while also finding the right employees.
“We’re really hoping to get our name out there and we have a lot of positions we need to fill over the next month or two, and we just really need to find the right talent,” she said. “We’ve been partnering with Chattahoochee Tech. They’ve been great because they’ve been giving us some space to use for interviews and meetings and things like that, and one of their conference rooms, and they offered to host this career fair for us.”
Inalfa, according to a press release from the governor’s office, is a company based in the Netherlands, and the new Cherokee County plant would be the company’s fourth U.S.-based plant. It has manufactured sunroofs and open-roof systems for manufacturers such as BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Volvo, Citroen, Chery, Nissan and many others. The Cherokee County plant is expected to be a $17.1 million investment and create 300 jobs. It will be located at the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park.
The upcoming job fair will be the latest event in CTC’s evolving partnership with Inalfa. Although CTC does not yet offer classes or courses tailored to Inalfa’s requirements, the company has already donated a robot to the college for programming training. Mareau said Inalfa looked forward to working with CTC, and the Quickstart program, to educate future employees.
Richard Goble, director of economic development for CTC, said the college looked forward to such a partnership and working with Inalfa. The job fair was one example of that, he believed.
“It makes us feel like we are filling a need, because we hope a lot of those folks will be alumni of the college ... We want the relationship because of the future prospects of our students working there, and of course it supports the economy of the whole area,” he said.
Mareau said a second job fair at CTC is slated for October and it will focus on the hourly production workers. The company will set up a simulation area replicating some of the work employees would perform on the production line.
As Inalfa’s employment processes continue, Goble believed it would benefit multiple areas.
“I think it’s important for all three counties even though they’re going to be in Cherokee,” he said. “They’re going to be pulling from Bartow, Cobb and Cherokee. I think it’s a huge opportunity.”