July 14, 2011 at 15:10 PM EDT
Electronic Recyclers International Job Fair This Saturday in Badin
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the world’s largest recycler of electronic waste, and first tenant of the new Badin Business Park at the site of the former Alcoa aluminum smelting plant, will kick off its anticipated job fair this Saturday, July 16th, at 9:00 a.m.
The job fair will take place at the Badin Fire Station, right across the street from the Badin Business Park. Prospective employees are welcome to come any time during the “meet-and-greet” style event, where ERI’s Human Resources director and Badin Regional Plant Manager will be on hand to describe the operation, answer questions and discuss potential positions. Interviews will not be taking place, but prospects are encouraged to bring résumés. All applicants selected for interviews will be contacted directly.
“Since we announced last week that we were going to be holding this job fair, we have already received more than 400 applications,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “It’s clearly a time where there are many seeking employment — especially in green collar jobs — and we are excited to be able to bring some opportunities into the area. We look forward to establishing a significant, long-term operation in Badin that grows and grows over the years to come.”
ERI works with retailers, manufacturers, Fortune 500 companies, government entities, educational institutions and charitable organizations to recycle electronic waste, including laptop computers, cell phones, televisions, printers and other electronics. Some of its notable customers include Best Buy, Samsung, the Salvation Army and the U.S. Government.
Shegerian also noted that ERI will begin operations in a temporary facility in the business park later this month before moving into a permanent, 165,000-square-foot facility in January 2012. ERI is investing $5 million in the facility, and Alcoa is spending an additional $5 million on building improvements. Alcoa continues to work with state and local officials to attract additional employers to the Badin Business Park, which will have 535,000 square feet of prime industrial space and 50 acres available for development after ERI moves into its new facility.
ERI plans to immediately begin hiring a local workforce to assist with its startup operations. The company has already named a plant manager for the site, and will hire approximately 20-30 employees this summer. It will grow its workforce to more than 150 employees by the end of 2012 and eventually plans to hire up to 200 employees as its recycling volume grows.
Aside from the job fair, ERI has also been working closely with Stanly Community College and the North Carolina Employment Commission to recruit employees.
“Electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, making the proper recycling of electronics one of the country’s fastest growing industries, and our regional recycling hubs will expand aggressively to meet that need,” Shegerian said. “We pride ourselves on giving employees the ability to grow with the company and believe there will be tremendous opportunities here in Badin.”
About Electronic Recyclers International Inc.
Now the largest recycler of electronic waste in the world, Fresno-headquartered Electronic Recyclers International is licensed to de-manufacture and recycle televisions, computer monitors, computers, and other types of electronic equipment. ERI processes more than 120 million pounds of electronic waste annually in its locations in California, North Carolina, Washington, Colorado, Indianapolis, Massachusetts and Texas. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-884-8466 or visit www.electronicrecyclers.com.
About Badin Business Park
Badin Business Park, developed by Alcoa, includes 700,000 square feet of prime industrial space in Stanly County, NC. The 123-acre business park is located at the site of the former Alcoa aluminum smelting plant. Alcoa is investing more than $10 million to redevelop the former plant site into a business park for manufacturing companies. Electronic Recyclers International, the world’s largest recycler of electronic waste, is the park’s inaugural tenant.
Paul Williams, 310-569-0023
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