November 4, 2005--Posted at 6:00 p.m. CDT
WEST MEMPHIS, AR--Building axles for Toyota Tundra's. That is what Hino Motors plans to accomplish when production starts next year at their new plant in Marion. But to build the parts you have to have employees.
"I need a full time job to get off of unemployment, I need a steady job and I am willing to work," said Hino applicant Ann Daniel.
Ann like a number of people in Region 8 are qualified hard workers looking for a job.
"We believe there is a great untapped workforce here in Northeast Arkansas and the Mid South," said Manager of Human Resources for Hino Danny Smith.
Friday Hino held a job fair to begin to fill jobs at its Marion facility.
"By September of 2006 our employment will be 300 employees," said Smith.
The job fair was held at Mid South Community College and was slated to begin at 9 but because a there was a line when the workers arrived Friday morning they were forced to open at 8:30.
"We expect and we prepared for 3000 applications to be taken over the 2 day job fair," said Smith.
In the first 3 hours today Hino took well over 1000 applications for jobs that should help stimulate the local economy.
"The projected payroll for first year alone will be over 5 million dollars so that will have an automatic impact on spending in the area," said Smith.
Production hasn't started yet but Hino is hard at work developing relationships, with organizations like Mid South Community College.
"We will be working with Hino to train future employees and we are just thrilled about that opportunity," said Director of Marketing for Mid South Community College Jenny Munn.
With word earlier this week about the possibility of Hino building a truck assembly plant in the area the future looks bright.
"We have a 200 acre site so there is a plenty of room for growth and expansion if necessary," said Smith.
A future that includes new jobs and hard working employees.
"I can do most anything they need me to do, I can learn real fast and could do a good job for them," said Daniel.