Kia among 50 employers coming to Columbus job fair

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:


Accounting Principals

AIG American General

American Truck Driving Academy

Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Atlanta Police Dept.

Auburn Police Dept


Callaway Gardens

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

GEOSYNTEC Consultants

Global Personnel Svc.


Gwinnett Co. Police Dept.

Harris County School District

Hughston Clinic

Kia Motors

Kroger Co.

Lear Siegler


Mobile County Personnel Board

Muscogee County School District

Omega Training Group

Pratt & Whitney


ResCare HomeCare

Road America

Southeastern Beauty & Barber Schools


Staffing Connections

Staffing Solutions

Strayer University


Troops to Teachers

Troy University

Truck Driving Institute


University of Phoenix


U.S. Army

West Central Georgia Regional Hospital