FLINT (WJRT) (1/17/2018) - Lear Corp. won't have a shortage of applicants to staff its new seat manufacturing plant in Flint.
Thousands of people turned out to a job fair at Mott Community College by noon Wednesday hoping for one of the 435 jobs needed to open the plant later this year.
Traffic into the college was backed up for miles in all directions. Robert T. Longway Boulevard was stopped all the way back to I-475 while Court Street also was backed up.
Once in the area, vehicles were parked all over the neighborhoods around Mott's campus. The college has two large parking ramps on campus, but spaces were at a premium with a regular slate of classes taking place Wednesday along with the job fair.
Hundreds of people at a time waited in line on two floors of the Regional Technology Center, where the job fair was taking place, to meet with hiring representatives.
"The response has been absolutely amazing," said Robert Matthews of Mott Community College. "We were anticipating it might based on the buzz we were seeing on social media, but it's been absolutely amazing."
He said the applicants generally have been patient and the lines are moving briskly.
"We've got a lot of people here today," Matthews said.
Lear is looking for mostly manufacturing workers, who will built seats to supply GM's Flint Truck Assembly plant in Flint. Positions start at $13.85 an hour with a 30-cent per hour premium for second shift.
There are some qualifications, including a high school diploma or GED, passing a physical test, a drug screen and a pre-employment background check.
The job fair was scheduled to continue until 4 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring in several copies of their resumes.