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Monogram Plant Manager Greg Staley stands outside the plant at 9:45 a.m. Saturday as people lined up for the job fair and open house that started at 10 a.m. (Bulletin photos by Mike Wray)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

William Poole Jr. of Danville, who said he has been struggling to make ends meet, applied for work at Monogram Snacks’ job fair Saturday.

Nancy Kennett, area manager of The Work Connection, said about 150 people dropped off résumés or completed preapplications for the new jobs.

The company is adding 100 full-time jobs in quality, production and maintenance, company officials said.

Poole said that after being laid off at Dollar General Distribution Center in South Boston late last year, he got a part-time job in Danville on a cleaning crew.

He said he works up to 21 hours a week at $7.50 an hour.

“It’s pretty rough ... trying to survive on that kind of money,” he said, adding that he pays child support.

It would be a blessing to get a job at Monogram Snacks, he said. “It’s more hours. The work is up my alley. The distance is not too far to travel.”

He added he would hope to keep working his current part-time job as well.

Poole said he was interested in assembly line and packing work at Monogram Snacks.

He said he has been working since he was 15 and is trying to instill in his three children, who range in age from 16 to 20, a strong work ethic and to make positive choices.

“I’m not going to give up on my life and my kids,” he said.

“I want to try to better myself,” said job applicant Tony P. Dalton of Danville. He formerly worked at Nationwide Homes for 25 years. In recent months, he has been working temporary jobs.

Applicant Tony Walton of Axton, who formerly worked in bartending and catering, said he was especially interested in Monogram’s job benefits, including health insurance and the 401K match.

In all, more than 200 people attended the job fair/open house, officials said. Tours of the plant at 2001 Knauss Drive in the Patriot Centre industrial park were given.

Refreshments included Circle B smoked sausage, the No. 1 smoked sausage across the Mid-South, according to Monogram’s website.

Greg Staley, plant manager; George Roden, vice president of operations finance for Monogram Food Solutions; Donna Martin, director of human resources; and Kennett all said they were pleased with the turnout.

Kennett said people who were unable to come to the job fair may apply at The Work Connection at Patrick Henry Mall.


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