Nano Utica Job Fair Attracts Thousands

By Julia Rose

Published 04/29 2014 06:14PM

Updated 04/29 2014 06:17PM

Thousands came out Tuesday to the Nano Utica Job Fair. The hopeful job-seekers came to try and secure one of the first 300 positions available in the new Quad-C facility. There was lots of excitement not just amongst prospective employees but amongst those in the community who have been at the forefront of the Nano Utica project since day one. They say today is a milestone in the process.
"It's emotional in regards to everything we've been building upon, everything we've been working for, striving for, is taking shape,” says Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.
On Tuesday, that shape was a job fair. Doors opened at noon and in they came, close to 2,000 prospective employees hopeful to secure a position in the new Quad-C facility.
"We expect to immediately hire within the next month or two about 300 individuals,” said Peter Rivera, Commissioner of Labor for New York State. “We expect to hire 15 hundred individuals altogether between now and the next fourteen months."
The job fair was split up into three different sections. The first was where prospective employees could come, get organized, fill out their applications and resumes, the second is where they listened to a presentation on the logistics of Nano Utica and the third and final section was where they conducted their one on one interviews.
The available positions stretch across a wide range of skill sets. Employers say the tremendous turnout shows the Mohawk Valley has a strong work ethic and is ready for the future.
"The fact that that many people signed up is pretty exciting it means there are a lot of people that have an interest in the new world this is new, nowhere in the world are things being done like they're being done here,” said Hector Ruiz, Chairman of the Board of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc.
"It’s not just about the building anymore it's about the people,” said Picente.

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