NEWTON, N.J., Sept. 26, 2014 – New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths today joined his staff and local officials at the Sussex County One-Stop Career Center, where a three-week recruitment campaign is underway to link job-seekers to employers with available positions.
“This is what we do best at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. We serve both jobs-seekers and employers alike through our 30 One-Stop Career Centers around the state, regularly hosting these kind of targeted recruitment efforts to help businesses fill open positions with properly skilled Garden State job-seekers who are ready to work,” said Commissioner Wirths.
The employers involved in the Sussex County recruitment include large businesses such as Ocean State Job Lot, which is looking to fill 70 positions at a new store opening in Sparta in November, and C&S Wholesale Grocers, one of the largest wholesale grocery supply companies in the U.S. and a lead supply chain company in the food industry. Today’s recruitment focused on C&S positions. Ocean State and other employers will be the focus of additional events beginning next week.
“The New Jersey Department of Labor’s Newton Office is actively seeking to help place customers with employers who have open positions they need to fill this month. The companies hiring are C&S Wholesale Grocers, Ocean State Job Lot, 7-Eleven, and various warehousing positions,” said Richard Serrano, Manager of the Sussex County One-Stop Career Center.
Ocean State, which has more than 100 stores in New England and New York, is a discount chain specializing in manufacturers’ closeout and overstock merchandise. The company has been exploring three new locations in New Jersey. C&S, which was the main target of today’s recruitment, operates regional distribution centers, receiving products from food and grocery companies for shipment to supermarkets and other institutions.
C&S serves about 5,000 stores from more than 50 locations in 15 states. The company wants to hire candidates to fill positions as order-selectors, forklift operators and back-haulers.
The Sussex County One-Stop held a recruitment effort earlier this week to fill Ocean State jobs. The One-Stop is working on additional on-line recruitment efforts for Ocean State into October, and it will announce other employers looking to hire later in the month.