From Press Reports
Almost 1,000 people showed up at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Dec. 21 for information sessions about how to submit successful job applications to Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi.
Regina Reed of Mantee was among the people who attended one of the employment information sessions in Mayhew.
Reed, who owns a computer repair business, said, “I could work with them as a consultant or an employee, either way. I’m ready to do whatever they need me to do.”
Yokohama officials announced the selection of West Point as the site of a new plant on April 29, broke ground in September and plan to begin their first round of hiring this April.
Up to 140 people will be hired in April. By the time the plant opens in October 2015, it will have created about 500 new jobs, and the application process will be competitive.
“If past experience is any indicator, we expect 5,000 to 6,000 people to apply for those 500 jobs, so it is essential that applicants are prepared and have the right certifications,” said Dr. Raj Shaunak, EMCC vice president of Workforce and Community Services.
“EMCC is charged with training the workforce for Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi. As we have in the past with other local industries, we will work with people to make sure they have the appropriate skills to work in Yokohama’s most technologically advanced plant.”
Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or GED, Silver-level WorkKeys test score and completion of EMCC’s Basic Manufacturing Skills class. EMCC will help potential applicants with testing, classes and preparation starting Monday. For more information, call (662) 243-2659 or (662) 243-2647.
YTMM’s West Point facility calls for as many as four phases, with each one bringing more new jobs. The heavy site work for Phase 1 has been done at the Yokohama construction site. The foundation is complete and construction of the facility will begin soon.