Danedri Thompson
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Since the intermodal opened for business, Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts said people have been asking: where are the jobs?
They’ve been there all along, Roberts said, but now residents will have an opportunity to apply and ask questions about logistics training at a one-stop job shop.
Flexsteel is hosting a community career open house for job seekers on Thursday, June 4. Flexsteel won’t be the only company at the event. Others participants include the city of Edgerton, Logistics Park Kansas City, Kubota, Demdaco, Northpoint Development and the Workforce Partnership.
“This is the first multi-party job fair in Edgerton,” Roberts said. “People can apply right then and there.”
The career open house is open to everyone, though Edgerton residents are encouraged to attend.
Guests should bring resumes or plan to fill-out applications on the spot. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about logistics training opportunities. For example, Roberts said Northpoint Development has created a grant program for people to learn to drive forklifts. Job seekers will have the chance to learn about a variety of training resources offered at the Logistics Training Center at Logistics Park Kansas City. In addition to representatives from businesses, Johnson County Community College representatives will be available to answer questions and provide insights on available logistics career paths.
Workforce Development will have its career recreational vehicle – complete with computers and printers – available so job seekers can apply for jobs at other locations as well.
Roberts said he couldn’t speak for the companies themselves, but he believes jobs for a variety of skill levels will be available as the intermodal and logistics park develop. The career fair flyer, for example, says Flexsteel is hiring warehouse associates now. Roberts said he knows Flexsteel and Kubota recently hired managers.
“There’s a whole list of jobs,” he said. “There’s everything from starter-level jobs to potentially upper management jobs that will eventually be offered.”
Roberts suggests that potential job seekers bring resumes and dress as if they are going to a job interview.
“This could be a job interview for some people,” Roberts said.
The community career open house will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 at Flexsteel Industries, 31608 W. 191st Street in Edgerton.
“The more the merrier,” Roberts said. “This is the first time we’ve done this, so it’d be nice to have a large turnout.”