PRINEVILLE, OR -- Woodgrain Millwork is holding a job fair today for more than 200 laid off and soon-to-be laid workers, after the roof collapsed, shutting down that mill. Human Resources manager Regina Luna says the company organized the job fair as a way to help during this difficult time. "This event was not expected and it was not in our control. It was devastating for everybody. For our employees, for the community and for the company. We are committing ourselves to make the transition from our employment to new employment as smooth as possible."
Luna says they've received an overwhelming response from prospective employers, "We have had a lot of interest in this. I have 30 employer representatives who are coming, so there are several different businesses and a lot of jobs." She says, "The job fair was organized specifically for the Woodgrain employees who were displaced from their work. Having said that, there are a lot of employment opportunities, as well as opportunities for training and education available at the fair. And, anybody who is without a job will not be turned away."
Luna says job seekers should bring a resume' or job history and be prepared to meet with a variety of companies who will be on hand. More than a hundred employees were laid off last month after that roof collapse. Another 85 are slated to lose their jobs by the end of the year.
Today's job fair is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Carey Foster Hall at the Crook County Fairgrounds.