A major job fair coming up Feb. 7 in Columbus has attracted one high-profile employer that definitely is in a hiring mode — Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.
Seoul, South Korea-based Kia is looking to fill about 2,500 jobs at its 2.4 million-square-foot auto assembly plant in West Point, Ga., about 45 minutes north of Columbus.
The automaker, which will manufacture the redesigned 2010 Sorento sports utility vehicle in West Point, is taking online applications via its Web site, www.kiajobsingeorgia.com, through Feb. 7.
But the Georgia Department of Labor just received confirmation that Kia will be recruiting at the job fair, Walter Pollock, veterans employment representative with the department's Columbus Career Center, said Thursday.
The job fair will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Ave.
More than 50 employers have committed to the event so far, Pollock said. The fair typically draws up to 150 employers and 4,000 to 5,000 job seekers.
Employers wishing to participate in the job fair, which is sponsored by Clear Channel Radio, should contact the Columbus Career Center at 706-649-7435.
Here is a list of the employers who have signed on for the job fair to date:
AIG American General
American Truck Driving Academy
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Atlanta Police Dept.
Auburn Police Dept
Clear Channel Radio
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
City of Albany
Cobb Co. Police Dept.
Columbus Police Dept.
Columbus Regional Healthcare System
Columbus State University
Columbus Technical College
Flournoy Construction Co.
Georgia Army National Guard
Georgia Dept. of Labor
Global Personnel Svc.
Gwinnett Co. Police Dept.
Harris County School District
Mobile County Personnel Board
Muscogee County School District
Omega Training Group
Pratt & Whitney
Southeastern Beauty & Barber Schools
Troops to Teachers
Truck Driving Institute
University of Phoenix
West Central Georgia Regional Hospital