(06/16/2007)
Charleston Newspapers are reporting that jobs created at the new stamping plant in South Charleston are attractive to hundreds of applicants.

The WORKFORCE-West Virginia office in Charleston says approximately 900 people have applied for the initial 49 jobs during the two-week application period that ends Friday.

Office Manager Allen Galloway says it's been a busy 14 days. "We had people come from out of state to fill out applications and we've already started testing. We've testing three groups this week."

Galloway says the testing will continue into September. He says after that's done the new owners of the stamping plant will begin to make their hires.

Galloway says having 900 applicants points toward a very-skilled workforce, according to the newspaper.

"A lot of the people that applied have worked there before and some of the other people that applied have skilled trade jobs they've been involved with."

The test being administered by the WORKFORCE office focuses on reading and math skills along with the applicant's proficiency in technology. Galloway says the stamping plant will have the latest in technology.

The new owners hope to begin production next January.


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