Hundreds of laid-off Noranda workers attend job fair

Hundreds of laid-off Noranda workers attend job fair

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - More than 300 Noranda workers showed up for a unique job fair, one designed to find them the best career possible, while helping support them at such a difficult time.

June O'Dell is the president of the Southeast workforce development board. She said though many laid-off Noranda workers may still be devastated, they're still coming together despite their circumstances.

"It's kind of like a death in the family is what I would compare it to," O'Dell said. "I have kind of directed traffic here this morning and it's kind of funny because they'll walk in and shake hands and hug each other because they truly have friendship bonds there."

Along with reuniting, workers got the chance to help one another find future jobs.

"Do you live closer to Poplar Bluff or Sikeston, or do you live closer to the Kennett area?" O'Dell asked as workers came in.

Organizers divided the job seekers into two groups to help workers improve their resumes and put their information in the Missouri job center database.

After their skills were polished, workers got the chance to meet employers from as far as Virginia.

"Noranda is a similar plant to ours and we're in the aluminum extrusion business," Ramon Puzon said. "One of the skill gaps we're finding difficult filling is maintenance technicians."

For that reason, Puzon with Service Center Metal said when his company heard of the layoffs, they knew it was the perfect opportunity to fill those positions.

"We hope that we could take all 50 of the maintenance technicians," he said. "If we can get a couple about moving to Virginia we'll be very happy."

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