Economic Development News

Local employers & educational institutions take part in Hiring Fair at Fort Leonard Wood
Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015
By: Missy Bonnot, Director, Economic Development

Cole County’s unemployment rate typically hovers around 5% and with low rates employers are always looking for creative ways to find and hire good talent.  In fact, in April the unemployment rate for Cole County dipped down to 4.4%.

In an effort to find talent, several Jefferson City employers recently took part in a Job Fair in Fort Leonard Wood.  The Job fair was held through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes in partnership with many entities. 

The event was held to ensure that soldiers, veterans and families leave the military career-ready and to connect them to potential employers and educational institutions for successful reintegration into civilian society.    

One of the Jefferson City companies that participated was Scholastic.  According to Human Resources Director, Terry Donner, “The Fort Leonard Wood Job Fair was a great place for Scholastic to recruit.  The soldiers bring a good skill set to our company with a great work ethic and are extremely capable.  It was a great opportunity to talk to them individually and let them know what our company has to offer.”

Continental Commercial Products is a new company to Jefferson City that will soon be moving into the former R.R. Donnelley building and start operations this year.  The company specializes in the Janitorial and Food Service Cleaning Products and Retail Storage Products and manufacturers over 150 products will be hiring 200 people in the next 18 months. 

Christine Stevens, Human Resources Coordinator for CCP was highly encouraged with the soldiers looking for employment that stopped at her booth.  “We have found hiring military very attractive.  It is very costly to train new employees and military personnel bring with them the understanding of how loyalty adds to the team and builds trust in the work environment.”

Other area businesses that participated in the event were Farm Bureau, Job Finders, Quaker Window Products, C & S Business Services along with Lincoln University and State Technical College of Missouri. 

More than 515 transitioning soldiers attended with a total of 126 employers and 23 academic institutions.

More than 2,000 Fort Leonard Wood service members will potentially transition from the military within the next two years due to expiration of term of service or retirement.

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