In recognition of October’s Manufacturer’s Month, businesses from Osceola and south-central Iowa will be taking part in a pair of unique, two-day job fair focused on manufacturing and regional employment opportunities.

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Thursday, October 5th at Lakeside Casino from 9:00am to 3:00pm, businesses will gather to meet with attendees looking to learn more about their companies and talk about employment opportunities. Local job seekers will have time to meet and hear more about each of several companies as well as jobs that may be available through each. Companies on hand will also be able to discuss with potential employees what they look for in employment candidates, including base skill requirements, certifications and education that may help in gaining employment. From office management to welding to patient care, the opportunities available are extensive and this will be a great event for job seekers from all over the region to gather information from numerous employers all in one space.

On Friday the 6th, with the help of the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC), Clarke Community Schools, and the newly formed Industrial Technology Advisory Board, the companies from Thursday’s job fair will move their equipment and representatives to the Clarke Schools’ parking lot to serve as a student-focused education and job fair. From approximately 9:30am to 2:00pm, the businesses will be available to talk to students and give tours and demonstrations of their equipment right in the parking lot outside the Industrial Technology rooms at the high school. Students will be given the opportunity to meet with the businesses and their representatives and learn more about these unique career paths and what industries require for future employment.

Osceola and south-central Iowa is a hotbed for manufacturing jobs. Skilled employees are a premium to employers like Salford, Altec, Simco, and Iowa Steelall located in Osceola, Iowa – and are being pulled from an employment pool reaching from central Iowa to the southern border and beyond. With job fairs like this for recruitment as well as the added education value given to the local schools, the businesses look to build a stronger base in the area and grow with the community.

“With the abundance of employment opportunities available in manufacturing, gathering all of the players in the industry in the same place and same time will give everyone tremendous exposure and a great vision of our community’s the future,” said Bill Trickey, Executive Director of the CCDC.

Below is the growing list of representatives and some information about each opportunity from businesses all over Osceola and Clarke County who will be in attendance:

1) Altec:

Altec Osceola Body Plant is a manufacturer of fiberglass service truck bodies.
Applications would be welcome for these positions:
Production Workers – Must be a HS grad, able to regularly lift 50-75 pounds and read a tape measure. Manufacturing or construction experience is preferred.
Welders are MIG and TIG welding steel and aluminum, must be able to weld from a blue print.
Designers must be proficient in 3D modeling for Industrial Design.
Visit us online at

2) Clarke County Hospital:

Clarke County Hospital, nationally recognized for quality patient care and a Top Iowa Workplace five years in a row, offers rewarding careers in our community.
Excellent opportunities include:
Diagnostic Imaging Technologist with ARRT in Radiography or equivalent; Medical-Surgical
Registered Nurse; Lab Technologist or Medical Lab Technician with ASCP, NCA or equivalent certification;
Experienced HIM ICD-10 Clinic Coder; Paramedic or AEMT with national certification;
and board certified/eligible Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.

3) Salford Farm Equipment:

Salford Inc. is part of the larger Salford Group which is a global leader in the manufacturing of tillage, seeding, and precision nutrient application equipment. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Salford, as the company launches breakthrough products. Salford Inc. is always accepting applications for new Production talent and is currently looking to add more Welders to our team in Osceola. Stop by to find out if we have a position for you!

4) Miller Products:

Miller Products will be there. We are primarily looking for CNC programmers and people who can set up lathes.

5) Paul Mueller Co.:

The Paul Mueller Company has a legacy of building the best milk cooling and storage equipment in the dairy industry. We believe the key to manufacturing equipment of this standard begins with our
employees.  We are looking for our next great team members! We are currently hiring for welders, grinders, machine operators, and a production supervisor.
Stop by our booth at the Clarke County Development Corporation job fair on October 5, to begin your career with the Paul Mueller Company.

6) Osceola Foods, LLC (Hormel):

Osceola Foods, LLC has immediate openings fo:
Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, Industrial Maintenance Electricians, Electronics Technicians, Production Team Members, and Quality Control Auditors.
Candidates may apply online in advance at:

7) SIMCO Drilling Rigs & Equipment:

SIMCO is constantly looking for talented people with great work ethic to bring into our work family.
Positions Needed: Sales Person; Industrial Painter

8) Southern Hills Specialty Care:

Southern Hills Specialty Care is looking for nursing staff — RN’s, LPN’s, and CNA’s

9) Plum Building Systems:

Carpenters looking to build trusses for local and regional housing development.

10) Iowa Steel Fabrication:

Iowa steel is looking for welders that are interested in working a unique, engaging environment.

As the job fair grows closer, updates to the attendance list and information may change. Please make sure you check back to this feature regularly to stay up-to-date.

For more information about the Manufacturing Job Fair, please contact Bill Trickey or Elizabeth Simpson at the Clarke County Development Corporation, 115 E Washington St, Osceola, IA 50213, Phone: (641) 342-2944, email: [email protected].

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