Chautauqua County is trying to help workers who are being laid off at a local ice cream plant find new jobs.
Wells Enterprises is expected to lay off 319 workers by the end of the year. Iowa-based Wells confirmed in July that he planned to “scaling back operations” next year by reducing its production lines from about 20 to five. At the time, the company said it would continue normal operations at the Dunkirk plant, located at 1 Ice Cream Dr., for the remainder of this year.
On Tuesday, Mark Geise, director and CEO of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, told IDA board members that there will be a job fair on December 1 at JCC North in Dunkirk, from 3 to 5 p. they are being laid off.
“There are 22 companies that have been invited to that (job fair), to talk to these displaced workers. Hopefully, they can be placed in the currently open positions.” he said.
Geise said they are also helping workers who will be laid off in a variety of ways, including preparing them for the job fair.
“We’ve worked very hard with the Department of Labor and the Workforce Investment Board to help them understand what their benefits are, what they can expect in terms of health insurance…and also to help them build resumes or fine tune resumes if they already have it,” he said.
According to the Chautauqua Works website, companies expected to attend the job fair include: Blackstone-Ney Ultrasonics (CTG-Cleaning Technologies Group), Brooks-TLC, Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., Cummins, Jamestown Engine Plant, Custom Trades Staffing, Lactalis American Group, Manpower, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Refresco, Rosina Food Products, Sealing Devices, Universal Stainless Steel, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, and US Foods.
Job openings to serve businesses include: CDL Driver A, Direct Support Assistant, Engineering Manager, Environmental Services, Field Service Technician, Food Service, General Laborer, Industrial Cleaner, Machine Builder, Machine Operator, Maintenance , Mechanic, Mechanical Design Engineer, Packaging Machine Operator, Picker/Packer, Production Operator, Project Manager, Quality Control, Warehouse Supervisor and Picker.
The Jamestown Community College North Training Center is located at 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk. The job fair will be in rooms 117, 118 and 119.
For more information about this event, please contact Amy Riter at (716) 851-2659 or [email protected]