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Published December 08, 2011, 06:50 PM

Bobcat holds job fair in Gwinner

Gwinner, ND (WDAY TV) - If you're looking for a job, you may be in luck. Bobcat in Gwinner is looking to fill 50 manufacturing positions.

If you're looking for a job, you may be in luck. Bobcat in Gwinner is looking to fill 50 manufacturing positions. It's looking for welders, assemblers, materials handlers and more. The company held a job fair at the Springs Golf Course. Bobcat says the additional employees will allow them to respond to an increase in demand.

Brian Anderson – Bobcat HR Manager, Gwinner: “It's new folks coming to town so it's good for the community, good for the local businesses by bringing in employment opportunities and good opportunities.”

Bobcat is mainly looking for people willing to work afternoon, evening and overnight shifts. These new Bobcat workers could start as soon as January. It's work that would make all the difference for one young mother-who drove two hours from Waubay, South Dakota just for an interview.

The Christmas tree may be up at Kellye Surma's home, but there may not be as many presents this year for her daughter and son.

Kellye Surma – Job Seeker: "As a single mom it's pretty tough."

Surma has been out of work for about a month.

Kellye Surma: "It's pretty stressful but that's why I'm here."

She's hoping to land an assembly job at Bobcat in Gwinner.

Kellye Surma: "It would mean a lot it would mean more money on the table."

It would be security, not just for herself, but for her children.

Kellye Surma: "Well I definitely want Christmas presents under the tree so I want it just as bad as my kids want it."

A 75% drop in the housing market in 2009 forced Bobcat to close its plant in Bismarck, but now, there's a resurgence in housing and other areas like agriculture, leading to more demand for products and employees.

Erik Johson – Job Seeker: "I've worked at Bobcat before. It's a good environment, safer than most factories I've worked at."

Erik Johnson is interviewing for a welding position.

Erik Johnson: "Better pay, looking for a job that's gonna be more secure."

The Bobcat Job Fair continues tomorrow from 8 to 3:30 at the Springs Golf Course. They expect just as many people to show up, possibly more than 100.

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