Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


February 12, 2014

DSI: 60 attend inaugural job fair

GREENSBURG – About 60 job seekers strolled through the gymnasium in Greensburg City Hall Tuesday to nab one of more than 100 jobs that employers were offering in the inaugural Developmental Services Inc. Job Fair.

Despite the lower-than-expected turnout, Christopher Ramey, DSI’s employment specialist for Decatur County, said he was happy with the event because it connected job seekers with employers.

“Our goal was just to connect people,” Ramey said. “We still managed to do that.”

One employer, Lacosta, found employees for all four of its job openings and left before the job fair’s official end, Ramey said.

“I know for a fact people got jobs, so that makes me happy,” Ramey said.

Employers including Proteus, Spartan Staffing and McDonald’s offered jobs in manufacturing, clerical and food service industries.

The job fair initially was to have lasted until 6 p.m., but some employers, such as Lacosta, left early. Ramey said the cold temperatures and weather-induced delay of the job fair contributed to thelower-than-expected turnout.

Lindy Grey, of Greensburg, stopped by the job fair shortly after 4 p.m., when many of the employers already had left.

The stay-at-home mom said she heard about the job fair through Facebook. She applied for a job at DSI.

Inge Power, a staffing specialist with MS-IL Staffing said she and her colleague Jenny Burkhart, an account rep, made contact with about 20 job seekers, and about 10 showed genuine interest.

Indianapolis-based MS-IL is a staffing agency that hires primarily for manufacturing clients. On Tuesday, the company was hiring primarily for entry-level temp-to-hire positions.

Power and Burkhart tried to entice people to talk to them by handing out candy, pens and peanuts.

James Overshiner, with Indiana Vocational Rehab, said he talked to about 18 people at the job fair. Columbus-based IVR tries to help people with disabilities get back into the workforce.

Overshiner said he handed out brochures to two people and phone numbers to six others.

The job fair was “small but good,” he said.

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401;

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