ATCO job fair
POCATELLO — Signs that there are still a number of people looking for a better job or any job at all were evident by the line that extended out the office door and across the building at the Pocatello Department of Labor located at 430 N. 5th Ave. on Monday morning.
ATCO Structures and Logistics based out of Calgary, Alberta, held the first day of a three-day career fair here in Pocatello in the hopes of hiring between 170 to 180 workers to man its newest manufacturing plant here.
“The turnout was more than we could have ever hoped for,” ATCO Recruitment Manager Dale Hindmarsh said. “Today was just a phenomenal turnout and we can’t wait to see what the next two days bring.”
ATCO plans on hiring 30 people on May 30 to begin training in several different areas of the business from electronics, to carpentry, plumbing and other sectors. The company then plans to hire another 20 people per week until they reach the desired number of new hires.
The company manufactures modular buildings for use on work sites, such as for mining and construction. It recently signed a three year lease for a 200,000-square-foot plant in the Gateway West Industrial Center — the former Naval Ordnance Plant in Pocatello.
The Pocatello plant is slated to open June 1 and will produce modular buildings for operations in the United States and Canada.
ATCO employs more than 8,800 employees worldwide and plans to have more than 10,000 by the end of the year. Anyone interested in applying for the open positions can go to the Idaho Department of Labor hiring event taking place today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications will also be taken on the company website at www.atcocareers.com.
By Michael Farnworth