November 07, 2007 CAPAC — Close to 500 job seekers filed through Holly Meadows banquet hall on Monday during Keihin Michigan Manufacturing's first job fair.
The Honda parts supplier interviewed more than 250 applicants who had been pre-screened by Michigan Works, and accepted resumes from close to 200 walk-ins.
"We had quite the rush this morning," KMM Vice President Dave Thomas said.
"It was standing room only for a while."
Human Resources Manager Tina Russo said she was impressed with many of the applicants she interviewed, whether experienced or not in the automotive field.
Out of 800 applications received through Michigan Works, 300 persons were invited for an interview for positions of general laborers, quality, maintenance and shipping/receiving. The agency will continue to accept applications on Keihin's behalf, Russo said.
"I would say about 95 percent of the people we've interviewed have been local," Russo said referring to the Lapeer and St. Clair County area.
Russo said Keihin staff will now take assessment of the interviews and set up second interviews. Candidates will also need to take several job-related employment tests.
Russo said she is in the process of setting up training courses with St. Clair County Community College. Plans are also underway for cultural training too.
Keihin plans to hire 100 associates by April 2008 when mass production begins and employ a total of 260 by 2010.
Everyone who was interviewed or has applied can expect to receive some sort of reply from Keihin, Russo said.
Applications for general employment will continue to be taken through Michigan Works. Other jobs openings are posted on the company Website, www.kmm-llc.com, which will be continually updated.
Keihin is a leading manufacturer of air and fuel management systems for Honda Motor Company with more then 25 companies in 12 countries. The Capac plant will produce intake manifold assemblies and HVAC systems.