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Job market promising for Wolverine employees

By Eric Fleischauer
eric@decaturdaily.com · 340-2435

The timing for a plant closure is never good, but unusually low unemployment rates in the Tennessee Valley should give Wolverine Tube employees hope.

“With the unemployment rate as low as it is in this area, it’s definitely a job-seekers’ market,” said Mike Fowler, employment service supervisor at Decatur Career Center.

He said no employers in the immediate area are hiring large numbers of employees, but National Alabama Corp. (which builds rail cars) in The Shoals, Johns Manville near Scottsboro and Toyota Motor Corp. in Huntsville have numerous openings.

Wolverine employees have an excellent reputation, Fowler said, and that will help them land another job.

“Most of them, with the skills that they have, will have employers looking for them,” Fowler said. “In fact, we had an employer call (Thursday) and specifically ask about Wolverine employees. They know they’re good, skilled employees. I think there will be plenty of companies looking for them.”

Listings

Decatur Career Center has listings for 1,400 job openings, Fowler said. Most pay less than the $16 to $19 per hour that Wolverine pays, but some job openings will have similar pay scales.

“That’s what most of the major plants, and some of the smaller plants, pay,” Fowler said. “There’s plenty of companies out there paying that. Normally the higher paying the job, the longer the time it will take to get the job.”

That lag time, he said, is a good reason for Wolverine employees to start the search process immediately.

“Since they have this two-month notice, at least they have that time to start getting resumes out and applying for anything they might be interested in,” he said.

Fowler recommends that employees search for jobs on the Internet. Two Web sites are helpful:

  • Decatur Career Center’s site is at www.joblink.alabama.gov. Applicants can create an online resume, which they can submit to employers online. The site will be offline for maintenance Monday.

  • The state has a Web site with job openings at www.jobs.aidt.edu. Applicants can use that site to submit online applications to National Alabama Corp. and Johns Manville.

    Applicants also can visit the career center on Bassett Avenue Southeast, where staff will assist with resume preparation. Wolverine employees may be eligible for training and other benefits, which they can investigate at the career center.

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