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Published August 12, 2010, 03:45 PM

Positions up for grabs at Bobcat

Gwinner, ND (WDAY TV) - Bobcat is opening up 100 positions at its Gwinner plant and now those jobs are up for grabs. Many applying for these jobs at Bobcat today have been out of work for months and drove from more than an hour away in hopes of walking away with a job. This chance with Bobcat is something they say will get them back on their feet.

Gwinner, ND (WDAY TV) - Bobcat is opening up 100 positions at its Gwinner plant and now those jobs are up for grabs.

Company representatives say these manufacturing jobs, line workers and welding positions, are ones they see as more sustainable. They're not sure if these jobs will stick around for long, but they are being optimistic.

It's been a roller coaster year for Bobcat; the company has had to cut jobs at the Gwinner plant, putting many out of work.

Slowly, business is starting to pick up at Bobcat, mainly with larger national accounts. People who are hired will start working as soon as possible.

Many applying for these jobs at Bobcat today have been out of work for months and drove from more than an hour away in hopes of walking away with a job. This chance with Bobcat is something they say will get them back on their feet.

Early this morning, Wes Mowder made the 90 mile trip from Park Rapids, Minnesota to Fargo--interviewing for one of the 100 job openings at Bobcat. Wes has been out of work since last December, and hasn't had luck finding anything yet.

“Very discouraging, everything, your whole life gets put on hold until you find employment. So I keep trying, lots of places, nobody's hiring.”

When Wes heard Bobcat was hiring, he immediately scheduled an interview. He says having an income and benefits again would be great.

“Make things a lot easier for everybody. Wife, kids, we do foster care, and a lot of things need to be done.”

Melissa Scharfenkamp is another applicant who put on miles to get here. She and her husband and three kids moved to Wahpeton a week ago. Melissa was a stay at home mom, but now she's looking for a job and jumped at the chance to work for Bobcat.

“It's good pay, and I'm used to factory work because that's when I lived in Minnesota, that's how I made a living was factories.”

Melissa's hoping she'll be one of the hires and says with 100 jobs up for grabs, one of them has to have her name on it.

“Its mind blowing, it's really good and it's good for the economy the way the economy is right now, to know that somebody out there is actually hiring.”

As for Wes, an encouraging end to the morning as he gets paperwork for drug testing and a welding test; one step closer to a 40 hour work week. The Bobcat job fair will continue tomorrow from 8 to 5 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo.

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