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Editorial: Job fair
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On today’s front page, we’ve included a press release and photograph from the Kershaw County Economic Development Office about a special, private job fair that was held recently.

Why a private one, and what does that mean?

The answer to that question dates back to April when HBD Thermoid announced it would be shutting down its Elgin plant on May 31.

That left 59 employees without jobs.

To ease the pain, the Kershaw County Industrial Association (KCIA) asked its members to hold a private job fair just for those Thermoid employees. Cogsdill Tool Products, Suominen Corporation, Hengst of North America, Conner Industries, Cardinal Health, Oak Mitsui, and Cal-Maine got together and did just that.

During the fair, these industries provided information about their companies, including current job openings. Former Thermoid employees who were interested in those openings were able to interview on the spot or provide contact information for future interviews.

We applaud the economic development office, the KCIA and, especially, the seven companies who got involved, for putting together that job fair and reaching out to the affected Thermoid employees.

It’s yet another example of what makes Kershaw County a special place in which to establish a business or industry and, of course, to live, play and work at those facilities.