Record Business Participation Drives Success for 10th Annual Conroe Job Fair
27 Jan 2022
Area Companies, Business News, Staff News
A record 67 companies, organizations, and staffing resources hosted booths to hire and assist job seekers at the 10th Annual Conroe Job Fair on January 25th. Held at the Lone Star Convention Center, hundreds of job seekers attended to apply for jobs covering a wide range of industries.
An impressive variety of employers participated in the job fair, creating an array of opportunities for job seekers. Manufacturing, logistics, health care, education, law enforcement, hospitality, banking, customer service and many other fields were represented. The full room and jobs available represented the diversity and strength of the Conroe economy.
“Conroe’s economy is booming leading to diverse and interesting job opportunities for our robust workforce,” said Jennifer Matthews, Associate Director of the Conroe Economic Development Council. “The company representation in the room was indicative of Conroe’s economic landscape. The quality of candidates applying directly for these open positions is encouraging.”
From high school students to seasoned professionals, the quality of candidates was on full display. Several companies filled positions on the spot or planned to make offers in the coming days.
“We have seen a number of good, quality candidates,” said Randie Morton, President of Better Bookkeepers, one of the hiring companies at the job fair. “The Conroe community is full of strong, hardworking people. It is great to be here with them.”
Several companies new to Conroe’s growing business landscape attended the job fair to fill key positions. Many of these companies are experiencing growth and are looking to Conroe’s talent pool as a way to fill roles. One such company, Ameritex Machine and Fabrication, attended the job fair to hire welders, machine operators, forklift drivers, and IT professionals in preparation for their upcoming move to a 110,000 square-foot facility in Conroe Park North.
“We are looking to hire around 40 new employees for our new Conroe facility,” offered Victor Hernandez, Sales Manager with Ameritex. “The results have been better than expected and we’re optimistic about the candidates interested in our positions.”
Crown Cork & Seal, presenting sponsor of the job fair, values the event as an opportunity to find immediate employees, fill the pipeline, and help the community. The company attended in search for candidates with electrical backgrounds and good mechanical aptitude, to which they had success.
“It is important for Crown to be involved with the community and this event is an opportunity to get our name out there, while finding the right people to help our operations,” said Plant Manager Steve Hall. “Conroe is the most business friendly community I have ever lived in, and the opportunities available at the job fair put that on display.”
Educating and preparing students for great careers is a priority for the Conroe Economic Development Council. Some of the youngest job fair attendees came from local schools, including Cunae International School. Business Management Teacher Alison Young and Operations Director Celine Bru brought seven students studying business management to gain a better sense of the opportunities available and what companies look for in employees.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to ask questions and learn the recruitment process. The students will benefit from speaking with employers and gain a stronger understanding of opportunities available to them in the real world,” offered Young.
The Conroe Job Fair is a collaboration between the Conroe Economic Development Council, Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, Lone Star College-Conroe Center, and Workforce Solutions. ResourceMFG joined Crown Cork & Seal as presenting sponsor. Lone Star Convention & Expo Center was the facility sponsor, Colortech Direct the print sponsor, Spectrum the hospitality room sponsor, Sapphire Gas Solutions the welcome booth sponsor, and Cantel the decorations sponsor. Conroe Connection Transit provided the free roundtrip shuttles.