More than 600 attend job fair

A line of people waited outside the Clanton Recreation Center on Tuesday to apply for a job with Boatright, a company that operates a crosstie plant in Montevallo and plans to open another in Chilton County.

Lewis Wright stood in line for 30 minutes Tuesday to apply for a job.

He was one of the lucky ones.

A job fair held by Boatright at the Clanton Recreation Center drew more than 600 applicants, said Lisa O’Daniel, executive assistant to the president of the company. Those that arrived after the 8 a.m. beginning of the fair found themselves in a line that stretched beside Highway 145 all the way across the adjacent parking lot.

“I got here at 8 and waited 30-35 minutes,” said Wright, a Clanton resident. “It’s worth it, just to have a chance to get a job.”

Clanton resident Lewis Wright, left, and others interview with Boatright staff during Tuesday's job fair.

Wright said he’s been out of work for about six months. He’s trying to provide for his wife and three children.

“My job right now is to look for a job,” he said.

That’s the strategy several others apparently used Tuesday. O’Daniel said she arrived at the site of the fair at about 6:20 a.m., and there were already people in line. They told her they had been there since 3 o’clock that morning.

“They said they wanted to be first in line,” O’Daniel said. “With the economy the way it is, we knew there would be people here, but it has exceeded our expectations.”

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