A job fair sponsored by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce drew a large number of job seekers.

A job fair sponsored by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce drew a large number of job seekers.
“While the closure of Talbot Industries was the primary focus of the Neosho Job Fair," Mike Franks, CEO of Grow Neosho said, " The job fair was open to all area residents seeking employment, and all area businesses looking to hire. The availability of skilled and proven employees is a rare event in these times of low unemployment."
The job fair began at noon on Thursday and ran through 4 p.m. According to Ashley Siler, Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Events and Communication, at least 20 people were lined up at the doors, waiting for the event to begin.
A variety of prospective employers were on hand including Mercy Health Systems, La-Z-Boy Midwest, Neosho School District, and Rembrandt Foods. Several staffing services including Express Personnel and Onin Staffing were also set up at the fair.
Job seekers ranged from employees from Talbot Industries in Neosho, which is scheduled to close this year. The first group of approximately 128 employees were let go earlier this month.
Although the job fair focused on helping Talbot employees make a career transition, it was open to anyone looking for employment in the Neosho area. "We had a lot of people, not all from Talbot," Siler said. She expected more to attend after the day shift ended at the plant located on West Harmony Street in Neosho.
"One guy from Talbot Industries, an employee, walked into the fair and came out with a new job that pays $3 more an hour," Siler said.
She noted that the job fair was important to help keep workers in the community and to find jobs so that they wouldn't have to relocate.
Earlier job fairs last year assisted a number of workers in finding employment. Siler stated that the job fairs were just a few of a total of 142 events sponsored by the Neosho Chamber in 2017.