We currently have very high demand for skilled labor.
Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) October 12, 2011
A three-hour career fair for service technicians drew more than 170 applicants to Caterpillar® dealer Empire Southwest. The Sept. 17 event, held at the heavy equipment dealer’s Mesa, Arizona headquarters, was the latest move in an ongoing campaign to recruit mechanics, technicians, welders and machinists for Empire’s heavy equipment, parts and service organization.
“We currently have a very high demand for skilled labor,” said Empire Human Resources Manager Gabbie Casas. “Some industries have contracted, but the mining sector is expanding. We have more than 100 positions open – many in technical and service support for our mining clients.”
To fill those positions and prepare for future demand, Empire recruiter Greg Cortesi attends multiple job fairs and networks daily with contacts and industry resources to identify talent in the pipeline. In addition, the company recently restructured its internal communication and hiring processes for greater efficiency.
“We are competing with many others in the industry for the same pool of applicants,” said Casas. “We are fortunate, however, in that we have brand name recognition as a Cat dealer and that Empire has a great reputation within our territory.” She noted that Empire has a very low attrition rate compared to similar companies and industries.
The fair in Mesa drew applicants from as far away as Montana and New Mexico. After screenings and interviews, about 40 had been identified as qualified candidates for current and future positions. Nearly a dozen others were fast-tracked into the hiring process. “The numbers were exceptional, especially given that this event was only three hours long,” remarked Casas.
Empire’s service organization includes multiple facilities at its 40-acre Mesa headquarters, shops at 18 branch locations, dedicated service operations at several mine sites, and a large field service fleet that travels throughout Arizona and southeast California.
For more information about Empire, future career events, and current position openings, visit http://www.empire-cat.com/cm/Company/Work_at_Empire/Work_at_Empire.aspx .
About Empire Southwest, L.L.C.
Empire Southwest is the authorized Caterpillar® construction equipment dealer and engines in Arizona, Southeastern California and portions of Northern Mexico. In addition, Empire is a provider of commercial solar power systems and an authorized dealer for agriculture machinery from AGCO, Challenger, Massey Ferguson and other leading manufactures. The third-generation, family owned company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. Empire locations include Apache Junction, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Eloy, Flagstaff, Kingman, Nogales, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Safford, Show Low, Tucson and Yuma, Arizona; Imperial and Blythe, California; and Mexicali, Mexico. More information is available at http://www.empirecat.com.