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GSI Commerce job fair attracts 500
About 100 positions available
Thursday, March 21, 2013
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
An estimated 500 people applied for 100 jobs during a two-day job fair at GSI Commerce.
Kim Smith-Glisson, director of operations for the company’s Martinsville sites, said more than 300 people applied on Tuesday, the first day of the fair.
“We were expecting around 200 more” applicants on Wednesday, she added.
Over the next two to four months, the company plans to fill about 100 positions at its local facilities, Smith-Glisson said.
The jobs are full-time, she added.
“We are very fortunate in that our client base continues to grow, and in order for us to continue to meet (clients’ needs), we grow with it,” Smith-Glisson said.
GSI is looking for employees to fill all types of jobs, from general warehouse to supervisors, she added.
“We are actually in need of some supervisory” candidates in two of the facilities, Smith-Glisson said.
GSI Commerce, an eBay Inc. company, is housed in three buildings on Hollie Drive: Buildings 229, 330 and 307, she said. The company also operates another facility on Joseph Martin Highway.
Employees in most of the facilities fill orders for many companies, Smith-Glisson said.
Only two of those companies could be identified, she said, mentioning New York & Company, which is in the 307 building, and Hanover Direct (also known as The Company Store), which is in the facility on Joseph Martin Highway.
GSI’s newest facility — located at 330 Hollie Drive — was the site for the job fair. It will become a returns center, she said.
Smith-Glisson said she was pleased with the local labor pool.
“Any time we need to staff up (facilities in Martinsville), we always find very good, dedicated workers with very sound skill sets. We consider ourselves fortunate to have this labor force” to draw from, she said.
Smith-Glisson also said she was not surprised at the number of people who applied for the open positions.
Smith-Glisson noted that many applicants participating in this week’s job fair “have worked for GSI during our previous” seasonal cycles, and may be interested in the full-time jobs that offer competitive pay and good benefits.
“We typically staff up during our seasonal periods” around the holidays to about 700 to 900 employees, she said. Currently, the company has an estimated force of more than 500 employees here, she added.
Mike Ballard, of Roanoke, was among those interested in a supervisory position.
“I’ve been in logistics for 20-plus years,” and he left his previous job in November, Ballard said.
He decided to apply at GSI after learning about the job fair from news reports.
Ricky Bell, of Martinsville, said he hopes to trade his current job of working in maintenance at a local mobile home park “for something else.”
He prefers a job packing or operating a forklift because he has experience doing both, he said.
Bell’s wife, Debbie Bell, also of Martinsville, was “trying to get hired on here, too,” Ricky Bell said.
His wife currently manages the mobile home park, but hopes to find another position, he said.
Felice Martin, who recently moved back home to Martinsville, said he had moved to Richmond after losing his job at MasterBrand Cabinets when that company closed its Henry County plant in August.
He hopes to get a job “so I can save some money and get back out again,” Martin said.
He doesn’t even mind what position he is hired to fill.
“I just want to start making some money, pay my bills” and have a little left over to “take a nice young lady” out on a date, Martin said. “I just want to, you know, get a job and feel like somebody” again.