Hundreds of laid-off Siemens employees flooded a job fair in Fort Madison today in hopes of finding their next job.
This comes just months after Siemens announced over 400 layoffs, and many workers will officially cut ties with the company on Monday.
23 companies set up booths today looking for new employees at the job fair.
On average, company representatives told me they were looking to hire between 5 and 20 employees within the next few months and many out of work Siemens employees were hoping to snag those positions.
Mark Mathes was one of those job seekers, who faces the reality that after Monday he will officially cut ties with Siemens, who has been his employer for over two years.
Mathes said he has been preparing for this day for about a month.
"I've been working on the resume and the references and polishing up some of my skills and being prepared," said Mathes.
Mathes said this isn't the first time he and his co-workers have been down this uncertain road.
"A lot of us who came to Siemens have already been through this situation before. You know we had all been laid off from a company and along came Siemens," said Mathes.
Mathes said his goal today was simple.
"To get my name out there and see exactly what kind of jobs are out there and see what's available and hopefully hook up with someone and get a job," said Mathes.
Tami Hibbs, of Hawkeye Pedershaab in Mediapolis, said her company is looking to fill 20 welding positions at the concrete pipe machinery manufacturer.
Hibbs said her company came to the fair to help keep people employed in the region.
"I think we just want to keep workers in the Southeast area in general and keep the talent here. It would benefit both the future employees and us," said Mathes.
For more information on the Iowa Workforce Development Office go to www.iowaworkforce.org.
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