Over 150 area residents took part in a jobs fair hosted by Tractor Supply Company at the Crowder College Cassville Campus last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Individuals were applying for around a dozen jobs that will be added at the new store, which will be located in the old True Value Hardware building on Old Exeter Road in Cassville.
"When Tractor Supply Company comes into a community, we have to hire employees relatively quickly," said Robin Hensley, who will serve as the Cassville store manager. "As soon as we start the process for opening a store, we like to get the staff set. These events work out really well."
Corey Hollis, Tractor Supply Company district manager, said that the jobs fair offers a structured interview where all applicants are asked the same set of questions.
"After the interviews, which take a three-day process, we begin calling people back through the weekend," said Hollis. "Then we make our final decisions after that."
Hollis, Hensley and managers from other Missouri stores conducted the interviews during the jobs fair. Positions available at the new Cassville store included assistant manager, receiving manager, team leads and team members.
"I'm very happy with the quality of the candidates we have had the opportunity to interview," said Hensley. "We have seen a big variety of individuals, and it has been very interesting and a lot of fun meeting people."
Hollis said that job applicants offered backgrounds in retail services, agriculture services and labor industries.
"We have had a good variety of quality candidates," said Hollis.
Around 135 individuals took part in the jobs fair on Jan. 4. Those numbers were slightly higher than the company traditionally sees on its first day, said Hollis.
"It has gone very well," said Hollis. "There were not as many on Thursday and Friday, but that is normal. Everyone wants to be interviewed the first day."
Hollis said that the Missouri Workforce Center in Neosho helped advertise the jobs fair and provide information to individuals searching for employment.
"Lynette Dilbeck (Cassville economic development director) was a big help," said Hollis. "She helped us find a facility that would fit our needs and coordinate the set up.
"She talked to me a lot about what we needed in order to help us find what would work well for the jobs fair," said Hollis. "A lot of the work was all her."
In addition to hiring employees for the new store, Tractor Supply Company is finishing construction at the old True Value Hardware location. The building will be divided in two with Tractor Supply Company sharing the space with another business.
"I talked to them this week, and they are on target with the construction," said Hensley. "After that is done it is just a matter of getting the store set and ready to open."
Hensley will lead the new staff of Tractor Supply Company team members. She has been employed by the company for four years and previously worked as the assisant manager at the Tractor Supply store in Manhattan, Kan.
"I was lucky enough to be promoted to my own store, and I am very excited about that," said Hensley. "My husband and I both love Cassville. We fell in love with the community the first time we came here to look at houses."
Hensley said the grand opening has tentatively been scheduled for Saturday, March 3.
"Tractor Supply Company is very excited to be here," said Hollis. "We are all happy to be a part of the Cassville community."