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ALTOONA, Pa. -- The two-day job fair being held at Sheetz' distribution center in Claysburg, Pa., brought more than 300 applicants to the area for a chance to work at the company’s commissary, Sheetz Bros. Kitchen, which will open in the summer of 2008 and be located behind the distribution center, the Altoona Mirror reported.
While the opening date for the commissary lies in the future, the chain decided it was a good time to start looking for qualified employees, the report stated.
"We wanted to hold a job fair now to really get a feel for how many qualified candidates we'll have," Darrin Pohar, director of operations, told the paper.
The response so far has been overwhelming, Pohar told the paper, as more than 300 applicants and interested parties came to the distribution center in the first half hour of the first day's fair, the report stated.
He also expects more than 500 applications by the afternoon, according to the report.
"The turnout's been great," Pohar told the Mirror. "We've designed and been happy to offer the types of jobs that can be trained and executed by a wide variety of people."
Sheetz Bros. Kitchen, a 140,000-square-foot commissary, has a variety of positions available, including roles at the facility's bakery, ready-to-go production, transportation, sanitation, maintenance and administrative jobs, the report stated.
Jarrod Sharpe, operations manager for the kitchen, told the paper that while extensive work has been done on the facility during the past two years, there still is a lot of work to go, proper staffing being a large part, according to the report.
"Most important is getting the right staff," Sharpe told the paper. "This is the kickoff for that."
The facility will accommodate an increase in store deliveries. Currently, deliveries take place approximately three times per week, with the facility, that number is expected to increase to at least 10 times, Pohar told the paper.
"There'll be a lot of trucks on the road," he said.