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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Manufacturing and logistics employers gear up for virtual career fair

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is preparing to hold a virtual Manufacturing and Logistics Career Fair.

The free event, which will be held in partnership with the Mid-FL Regional Manufacturers Association (MRMA), will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Interested job candidates may register now at bit.ly/MLCareerFair. More information is also available at careersourceclm.com or by calling 1-800-434-JOBS (5627).

Several of the area’s top manufacturing and logistics companies, all with immediate jobs to fill, plan to take part in the virtual event. Those companies include AutoZone Distribution Center, Cardinal Glass, Chariot Eagle, Cheney Brothers, Conimar Group, Custom Window Systems, E-One and R+L Global Logistics.

Kathleen Betz, MRMA’s executive director, said that “for those making their career choice, the Manufacturing and Logistics Virtual Career Fair provides a window into the wide variety of opportunities that exist within the exciting and growing fields of Manufacturing and Supply Chain.”

Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource CLM, added that the virtual platform enables candidates to meet in real time with hiring managers, learn about job openings and submit resumes.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this convenient option as an alternative to our traditional in-person events,” he said.

In addition, Skinner said participants will be able to take virtual tours of operations at SPX Flow, Winco Mfg., and ANCORP, as well as learn about public school and post-secondary training programs available throughout the three-county region.

October is recognized as National Manufacturing Month and in Florida, there are nearly 21,000 companies and more than 357,000 individuals working in manufacturing. The most recent data for Florida indicates that the job growth rate in manufacturing, for the 12-months ending in December, is 2.8 percent compared to a 2.1 percent average for all other industries.

As of March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages reported 373 manufacturing establishments in the Citrus, Levy and Marion counties’ region with 10,703 employees and an average weekly wage of $839 compared to the average weekly wage of $710 for all private industry sectors in the three-county region.

In terms of logistics, the three-county region has seen an 8.7 percent increase in the number of transportation and warehousing establishments in the past five years – from 357 to 388 – and a 25.5 percent increase in the number of logistics workers, up 1,141 to 5,614.

Interested job candidates are encouraged to create or update their resume, saved as a PDF, in order to upload it when registering to attend. Doing so will enable candidates to apply for jobs they are interested in with the click of a button.

Fee-free resume assistance is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone, email, Live Chat or teleconferencing. In-person assistance is available, by appointment, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Career Centers in Ocala, Lecanto and Chiefland.

For help or to make an appointment, call 1-800-434-JOBS (5627). Resume aids and resources are also available at bit.ly/MLCareerFair.