May 20, 2013

Job Fair well attended

Plattsburgh firms attend to recruit qualified applicants

PLATTSBURGH — While some local companies are hiring, the job market can still be tough in some fields.

More than 400 people attended the recent Job Fair at the West Side Ballroom. North Country Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Becky Manor said that is about the same as the last two springtime Job Fairs.

Mold-Rite Plastics Human Resources Manager Donna Matkoski’s company is currently hiring. 

“We have 20 to 25 openings at this time, a lot of mechanics,” she said.

Though the Job Fair had been open for only about 90 minutes, Mold-Rite had received more than 30 applications already.

Matkoski said the company conducts interviews weekly, so it is good to have a good supply of applications. The Plattsburgh firm employs about 430.

Mold-Rite has been in Plattsburgh since 1976, she said, and has never had any layoffs. The company was sold in 2010, and has hired more than 100 employees since then.

They acquired two other companies last year, one in Ohio and one in New Jersey.

“So, we’re growing,” she said.


Gene Rapp of Jay said he is working part-time after more than 20 years in the information-technology field. He would like to continue in his specialty but said it is important to stay flexible while looking for a job.

“There’s not a lot available in that field,” he said.

Heather Shanty, with Camoplast’s Human Resources Department, said that company is looking for about 10 employees, mainly production workers and possibly some mechanics. 

She said the booth at the Job Fair was working out well.

“I had 50 applications, and I’m all out.”

The successful applicant needs to have a high-school diploma or GED. While manufacturing experience would be a plus, Shanty said, it is not necessary.

Camoplast, which makes track systems for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, has been in Plattsburgh since the mid 1990s and has about 150 employees here. Shanty said there market seems to be stable at the moment, and she doesn’t remember layoffs at the plant.

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