Kelowna job fair brings in impressive numbers

In a time that jobs seem difficult to come by, McCoy Trailers is going through a hiring phase to help assist with its expansion.

In a time that jobs seem difficult to come by, McCoy Trailers is going through a hiring phase to help assist with its expansion.

Andy McEachern, vice president of McCoy Trailers said the company’s job fair on Saturday had “a really good response.”

He explained that McCoy is a provider of energy products and services.

“We have two divisions within McCoy, we have the drill and completion side and then we have the mobile solutions side. We are the mobile solutions side offering trailers,” said McEachern.

“There’s been a really strong market reaction; oil and gas is doing well. As a result, we’re growing the business and looking for employees.”

McEachern said that the company is aiming to add employees “in all areas.”

The number of applicants who showed up for the job fair was more than what McEachern was anticipating.

“It was supposed to start at 8 a.m. and there was a lineup at 7:30 a.m. Right out of the chute we started hopping.”

The company’s vice president suggested that more people may be looking for work due to the tough economic times.

“The markets are fairly weak in general. The oil and gas side seems to be fairly decent, but in general across the board, it’s not what you’d expect, so we’re seeing a response to that.”

On Saturday, the company was searching for welders, engineers, technologists, production supervisors, logistics coordinators and warehouse helpers.

Although the job fair was held in Kelowna, McCoy Trailers was searching for people to work in its Penticton plant.

McEachern said that a number of Penticton applicants attended the job fair and many Kelowna applicants seemed fine with the idea of commuting, if they got the position.

“We have quite a few people who live in Kelowna now and work at the plant; it’s not that bad of a commute.”

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