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As 2013 draws to a close, coal layoffs have continued and uncertainty has grown across Eastern Kentucky. But Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) continues its work to bring new job opportunities to the region’s laid-off coal miners at a time when they need it most.


Miners will now have the chance to apply and be interviewed for various positions at several key Kentucky factories at H.O.M.E.’s upcoming Manufacturing Job Fair, set for Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Hazard.


The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard.


Manufacturers currently scheduled to send representatives to the event include:


· Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky – Based in Georgetown, the plant is one of Kentucky’s premier employers and manufacturer of several lines of Toyota vehicles.


· Webasto – This Lexington-based plant manufactures convertible roof and sunroof systems for vehicles.


· Plastisud – This Mt. Vernon-based plant in Rockcastle County is responsible for injection mold and die manufacturing for a French parent company.


· Anchor Packaging – Also in Mt. Vernon, the plant manufactures polypropylene deli cups and lids, injection-molded polyethylene lids, and deli containers for the food service industry.


· EST – Based in the Rockcastle County city of Brodhead, the plant is a tooling and machining factory that provides service and products to the aerospace, automotive, forging, plastics, railroad, and other industries.


Officials from each company will be on hand to accept applications from miners and discuss available job opportunities. Some employers may also conduct job interviews during the event, so all applicants should bring copies of their resume, valid driver’s license, and Social Security card.


Representatives from Weichert Realtors, Ford Brothers will be present to provide applicants information on available housing and real estate in South Central Kentucky in close proximity to the three participating Rockcastle County manufacturers.


Caudill Seed Company representatives from Louisville will also be present to accept applications.


Additional hiring employers may be added to the event as it nears, and those announcements will be made via H.O.M.E.’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ekcep.


H.O.M.E. is a service of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) in conjunction with the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network. EKCEP provides federally funded jobseeker and employer services in 23 counties in the Appalachian Kentucky coalfields.


H.O.M.E. helps out-of-work miners and their spouses discover their skills, determine new career options, covers costs for them to enter classroom training, and helps place them into subsidized on-the-job training positions with area employers.


The program is also creating partnerships with employers and organizations across Kentucky and other states to help miners find and land jobs that allow them to sustain their standard of living and continue to use their skills.


In these cases, H.O.M.E. can also provide limited relocation assistance to miners who accept out-of-area job opportunities.


The program is funded through a $5.2 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.


More than 350 miners attended H.O.M.E. and Kentucky Coal Association job fairs for Patriot Coal held in Hazard, Pikeville, and Harlan in early October and November.


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