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Service, energy jobs emphasized in employment expo at CWC
James Litz, a senior at Shoshoni High School, listened to Paul Nash, a recruiter with the McMurray Training Center, about educational opportunities leading to jobs at the Casper facility run by the Wyoming Contractors Association during the recent Job Expo at Central Wyoming College. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Service, energy jobs emphasized in employment expo at CWC

May 15, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

If the May 9 employment expo gave a snapshot of the labor economy in Fremont County, it showed the service industry is hiring locally, and the energy industry has jobs in the region, but not many close to home.

The Wind River Hotel and Casino had a booth advertising several open positions at the event at Central Wyoming College.

"We're always looking for someone," said Irene Lawson, gift shop and Northern Arapahoe Experience manager.

Among three casinos and three other businesses, the organization employs about 700 people. On top of its normal turnover, Wind River Hotel and Casino is looking to hire additional workers for a food court now under construction and set to open in a few months.

"We'll need more of everything," Lawson said, including cooks, cleaners and dishwashers.

Representatives from Pizza Hut and Taco Bell were at the exposition as well, demonstrating the service industry is hiring.

The energy industry locally showed a mixture of some companies not seeing an expansion and others looking to hire.

Encana Corporation, which operates natural gas wells in the county, was at the job fair but did not have openings, a representative said. The company does plan to hire when the planned Moneta Divide project starts operations, which the company expects to be several years away.

Precision Analysis, a Riverton-based company providing water, oil and soil testing services to the energy industry, has two open positions, however, representative Mary Hines said.

Two companies providing oil and gas well services nationwide were hiring for positions in Wyoming, though not necessarily in Fremont County. Both Keyway Energy Services and Oil States Energy Services had openings for in a variety of positions.

A few attendees at the expo were outside of the larger trends.

Commtronix, a Casper-based company that installs commercial security, surveillance, controlled access and other systems, was looking to fill several positions in Casper and one in Lander.

The jobs did not require education beyond high school and could lead to careers, installation manager Mike Foster said. The work is technical, but the company offers training to the people it hires.

Wyoming PBS had openings for a production engineer and a journalist, said Bob Connelly, assistant general manager. He did not expect to find many qualified applicants at the job fair, but he wanted to inspire students attending the exposition to acquire the skills required for those jobs in school.

"So when high school students come through they know these jobs are available," he said.

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