Job Opportunities for Boeing Employees

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- “After you think you’re going to work somewhere for 25 years, you think that’s the last job you think you’re going to have,” Michael Hardnett said.

Hardnett is one of the 120 employees who found out they were losing their jobs at the Boeing plant in Macon. The company plans to shut its doors by the end of the year.

It’s not only affecting employees, but their families as well.

“I got a family depending on me to bring home the money,” Hardnett said.

Hardnett and his co-workers have to begin job searching again. The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority stepped in to let their citizens know, they’re not alone.

Macon-Bibb Director of Economic Development, Stephen Adams worked with several organizations to put on a job fair for Boeing employees.

“We’re really trying to make the most out of a bad situation,” Adams said. “The Georgia Department of Labor steered this whole event and brought it all together but we worked with our local divisions, with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission as well as the Middle Georgia Consortium, as well as our partners inside the Georgia Department of Economic Development.”

Together they brought eighteen different employers from Middle Georgia, including Khumo Tire.

“We’re trying to come out, let them know what we’re looking for, take some of their resumes and talk to those individuals so that we can talk about how some of their skills could transfer to what we’re looking for,” Latrenda Leaks, Human Resources for Khumo Tire said.

Deborah Robbins worked with Boeing for 17 years and has to start the job searching process over again, but she’s grateful the event was hosted for her and her coworkers.

“We thank them,” Robbins said. “It’s been a great opportunity to come out and talk with all the nice people with the different vendors and see what kinds of opportunities are out there for us.”

“It couldn’t have been nothing better for the employees. you know, just hope is more important than nothing,” Hardnett said. “So we do have hope that we can find some employment within our area.”

If you or anyone you know missed the fair, you can visit the Georgia Department of Labor website http://dol.georgia.gov/ or Middle Georgia Regional Commission http://www.middlegeorgiarc.org/.

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