Job seekers in Tuscaloosa have a chance to enter the automotive industry at a career event hosted by West Alabama Works Thursday.

The event features in-person interviews with automotive manufacturers Bolta US, Grupo Antolin, Lear Corporation, MacLellan, Martinrea, Schnellecke Logistics, SMP Automotive Systems, Yanfeng-McCalla and ZF Chassis Systems.

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These companies will be onsite seeking candidates for management and entry-level positions, all of which are direct and immediate hires, and collectively these companies seek to fill 300 to 600 openings in the areas of production and assembly as well as forklift drivers, supervisors, operations managers, and more.

"The automotive industry has played a large part in the economic development and growth of West Alabama and the State of Alabama as a whole,” said Donny Jones, COO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and Executive Director of West AlabamaWorks. “We feel that this unique opportunity will not only benefit some of our region’s largest employers but will more importantly benefit the citizens of West Alabama who comprise our dedicated workforce."

The Automotive Hiring Event is planned for Thursday, July 29, from 2p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, located at 2800 Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for the event in advance at westalabamajobs.com, entering the code WORK at the time of registration.

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