LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was a career fair like no other, with many from the community showing up to apply for a job with Shaw Group at their new plant located right here in Lake Charles.
"It actually exceeded our expectations. I don't have the counts on how many people actually came through the door, but it has been a pretty steady stream all day," said Senior Vice President of Shaw Modular Solutions, Jack Martin.
People who attended the career fair were given a sit down interview.
"We want to make sure we get to put faces with names, and really get to talk to people and see what interests them, and see how they want to work with Shaw," said Lauren Lee with Shaw Group.
Many people at the career fair said they would love to be employed, but the economy has made that tough.
"Beaumont was carrying a lot of the construction load, and they have had a big cut back over there. That has affected me and several other electricians like myself," said James Duhon.
"I have been off for five weeks. I was at LNG for thirteen months. I am a pipe-fitter helper. I am willing to do anything related to my craft. I really need a job. I am a single mom," said Mandy Ashworth.
Shaw broke ground on October 2008 and plan to open on October of this year. Upon completion they will build and supply modules for nuclear power plants.
"We should be pretty competitive paying jobs. We have a strong backlog and our future looks fairly bright," said Jack Martin.
If you did not make it to the job fair you can still apply at the Louisiana Workforce Commission at 4250 Fifth Avenue in Lake Charles.