PULASKI, Tenn. - Jobs are on the way in one of the hardest hit regions of the mid-state. One company is creating more than 800 new jobs within the next three years.
This road to finding a job hasn't been an easy one for Bobby Riddle. For years, he helped construct and remodel high end homes.
"I loved it, but there is not that many being built anymore. Work slowed down and I was laid off and it's been 13 months and I have not found anything to really do since," said Riddle.
For more than a year he's been at the Pulaski Tennessee Career Center hoping to hear the news that jobs are on the way.
Recently word came that the international automotive systems company, Magneti Marelli, will create 800 new jobs by 2014 in Pulaski.
"Particularly in a rural community, we're very proud of the fact that we were able to get this done," said Dan Speer, Executive Director of the Giles County Economic Development Commission.
He said this expansion is a game changer not just for Giles County, but all of southern middle Tennessee and northern Alabama.
"When you've got that many people working in that type of investment, it has spin off effects on not only more manufacturing, but service jobs," said Speer. "It's going to change this community in a very positive manner."
This is the opportunity career advisor Terri Yates has been waiting to link between employers and the hundreds of job seekers.
She said all potential employees need to be aware of what it will take to be hired by Magneti Marelli.
"That's going to test them in basic skills such as reading, math and what we call locating information. Then there is also an assessment that's going to measure their manual dexterity," said Yates.
This news makes that same road Riddle has been traveling for 13 months, possibly a little shorter.
"That is very exciting, because I know I am not the only person that is looking for a job. For them to come in and hire (hundreds) of people, that's going to make a huge dent in people's lives here," said Riddle.
The job fair for Magneti Marelli will take place at the Pulaski Tennessee Career Center at 125 S. Cedar Lane on November 14, 15 and 16.
Potential employees can take assessments for the jobs at Magneti Marelli at any Tennessee Career Center, but must apply for jobs in Pulaski.
The company plans to hire 600 employees by mid- 2013 and an additional 200 by 2014.
Another company hiring more employees is TRG; which is the call center housed in the former Spring Hill Saturn plant. In less than year, they would have hired 850 employees.