April 8, 2005

3000+ Apply for Job at WM Supercenter

Probably as a result of an area moving quickly away from a manufacturing-based economy:

With Electrolux and Hitachi shutting down Montcalm County plants this year, the idea of the nation's largest employer coming to town sounded like a good deal to Sizemore. That's why she -- and more than 3,000 other job-seekers -- jumped at the chance to apply at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, a 204,000-square-foot store scheduled to open May 18 on M-57 west of Greenville.

But there's bad news for Sizemore and the thousands of other Wal-Mart hopefuls. The company is done hiring.

Last year, when the Wal-Mart Corp. was pushing to open a store in Eureka Township, company representatives said the new store would employ about 500 workers. But according to Wal-Mart employees who have been collecting applications from area residents for the past month, that number now has been reduced to 310.

Officials at Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., did not return calls seeking comment....

"We've gotten over 3,000 applications and we're getting hundreds more every day," she said. "And we don't even have signs up."

In March 2004, John Bisio said the new Wal-Mart Supercenter planned to hire about 500 people. The regional manager of corporate affairs with the Wal-Mart Corp. said that about 350 of the 500 employees would be full-time workers receiving benefits.

500 associates in a Supercenter seems like way more than normal. Did WM really ever expect to hire 500 people?

Posted by Kevin on April, 8 2005 at 07:34 PM