Posted at: 01/25/2013 4:40 PM
Updated at: 01/25/2013 11:13 PM
By: Renee Passal
Hundreds of people attended the first Mining Industry Day, at the Minnesota Discovery Center.
They were there to check out which mining companies, vendors, and organizations are looking at hiring in the future.
During the first hour, 400 people had walked through.
Each attendee was given a nametag, and designated stickers that meant they were a college student, job-ready, or had traveled more than 50 miles.
Some companies, like L&M Radiator, said they were meeting people from the Twin Cities.
"We've met a lot of good potential welding candidates, which is what we need," said Dave Hardy, the Safety Director for L&M. "It's nice being able to put a face to the name on the resume, and see how we interacted with them."
That's why Scott Aaser attended. "So much is online now. But I thought it would be good to be face to face with people from the companies," he said.
Some folks who attended already have jobs, but are looking for a more long-term entry into the mining industry.
Others had been laid off, and were looking for work. Many brought resumes, and spent time filling out applications.
"There are so many opportunities in the mining industry. I've got some that I'm looking at," said Amy Klima, of Mt. Iron.
The Minnesota Workforce Center and DEED put on the event, along with some partners, after mining companies mentioned this is the time of year that they plan their hiring. The groups plan on expanding the Mining Industry Day next year.