Charles Warner Editor
October 3, 2013
UNION COUNTY — A recruitment event for a Jonesville employer scheduled for Friday has been cancelled and another for an employer in Bonham may be moved to another location after the SCWorks Union office was closed due to the shutdown of the federal government.
SCWorks Business Services Consultant Anthony Vitale announced Wednesday that three of the four SCWorks offices in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties have been closed.
“Due to the ongoing budget negotiations in Washington, D.C., SCWorks was notified Wednesday that our offices in Union and Gaffney will be closed until further notice,” Vitale said. “We are federally funded and so we were told this morning that our offices in Gaffney and Union are being closed. The office in Spartanburg on South Church Street will remain open while the office in Spartanburg on Kennedy Street will be closed. The one on South Church Street is an unemployment insurance hub and because of that designation it will remain open.”
Vitale said that a total of 13 SCWorks employees including himself have been furloughed until the shutdown is over.
Located at 103 W. Main St., the SCWorks office provides employers with space for job fairs and hiring events. Over the past several months a number of employers have made use of the facility including Quality Inn, the S.C. Department of Corrections, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the Dollar General Distribution Center, VPS Convenience Stores, and Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, as well as staffing agencies representing local or area businesses. SCWorks also promotes these activites in the community and provided the companies and organizations with administrative services.
The closing of the offices is affecting the recruiting events which had been scheduled to be hosted by SCWorks during October. The Union office was scheduled to host a recruiting event on Friday sponsored by Staffmark on behalf of the Belk Fulfillment Center in Jonesville. Vitale said that because of the closing of the office due to the shutdown that recruiting event has been canceled.
Tom Hobbs, on-site manager for Staffmark at the Belk Fulfillment Center, said that while the agency has sought a new venue with the intent of still holding the recruiting event, it is unlikely one can be secured in time. He said that as a result the recruiting event scheduled for Friday has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
The Union office was also scheduled to host a recruiting event on Tuesday, Oct. 8 sponsored by Wade’s Employment Agency on behalf of the Gestamp Automocion South Carolina LLC manufacturing facility in Bonham. Vitale said that if the shutdown continues into next week the SCWorks Union office will be unable to host the event.
When contacted about the closing of the SCWorks office, Allison Coker, a partner in Wade’s Employment Agency, said that she’d not been notified the office had closed. She said that the agency nevertheless plans to proceed with the recruiting event on Tuesday. She said the event will be held next to the agency’s office instead.
“If they are not open the recruiting event will continue at 206 S. Gadberry St. right beside Wade’s Employment,” Coker said.
The recruiting event, which will be held from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., is to fill the following positions:
• Assembly PED Operators
• Assembly Operators
• Press Operators
• Forklift Operators
The positions start at $10 an hour and those who are hired initially work for Wade’s but have the opportunity to be hired directly by Gestamp after 90 days.
Persons interested in the positions must bring a resume, a Wade’s application, a SLED check, and high school diploma or GED to the interview. If hired they will also have to go through the standard background check and drug testing.
For more information about the recruiting event, contact Wade’s Employment Agency at 427-4515 or 427-1212.
The SCWorks Union office was also scheduled to host a workshop conducted by the Winthrop University South Carolina Small Business Development Center and that too may be relocated if the shutdown continues.
The workshop, entitled “How To Start A Small Business,” is sponsored by the Winthrop University SCBDC and the Union Chamber of Commerce. It was scheduled to be held at the SC Works Union office on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from noon-1:30 p.m. to provide participants with information on how to create and successfully operate a small business.
Chamber of Commerce Director Torance Inman said Wednesday that the workshop will be held, if necessary, at a different location. Inman said he was already inquiring about possible alternative locations for the workshop. He said that anyone interested in participating in the workshop should call the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039 to register by Monday, Oct. 7.
A registration fee of $10 for chamber members and $15 for non-members will be charged. The fee will cover the cost of the lunch that will be served during the program.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.