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4 Region High School Students Honored at JAG Conference

March 22, 2018
Four northeast Indiana high school students affiliated with the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program were honored at Indiana’s JAG Career Development Conference March 16 in Indianapolis.

Iesha Young of Snider High School earned a second-place honor in the prestigious outstanding senior category, which recognizes seniors who exemplify the JAG spirit through commitment to education, community service and leadership.

Other local winners: Taylor Geise, Manchester High School senior, second place for career presentation; Kyi Naing, New Haven High School junior, third place for career presentation; Cohen Marvel, Manchester High School junior, third place for employability skills.

Intelenet Expanding in Fort; Hiring 500 More Workers

January 23, 2018
Intelenet Global Services, a business outsourcing and solutions company, is in the process of hiring 500 more workers at its Fort Wayne call center, bringing the company’s local workforce to at least 750.

Annual wages for entry-level customer service associates average about $23,500 a year, company officials said, and annual average wages for managers are about $30,000.

The large worker recruitment effort coincides with increased customer demand and a doubling of Intelenet’s local facility at 5001 U.S. Highway 30 – from about 19,000 square feet to about 38,000 square feet.

“Our decision to significantly expand the Fort Wayne delivery center reinforces our continuous commitment to contribute to the economic growth of the city and the state of Indiana,” said Vijay Reddy, chief operating officer for Intelenet. “This facility has played a key role in our operations since it was opened in 2014, and we are now in the process of expanding its infrastructure to meet increasing customer demand.

People interested in Intelenet jobs can visit intelenetjobs.com, a WorkOne Northeast career center, or call Intelenet’s recruiting line at 469-729-6660.

TI Automotive Growing in Ashley; Seeks 60 More Workers

November 27, 2017
TI Automotive in Ashley is seeking 57 production workers, two material movers and a maintenance technician in response to business growth, new products and technology.

The production positions will be eight-hour first-, second- and third-shift jobs with paid lunch breaks and 25-cent shift premiums for the second and third shifts. Forklift experience is preferred for material movers, but not required. Those positions will be 8½-hour first- and second-shift jobs with an unpaid lunch break and a 25-cent shift premium for the second shift.

Starting pay for the production/material mover positions is $12.75 an hour, with an opportunity to earn $13.88 an hour after one year. Ideal candidates will have some manufacturing experience, but it is not required. A high school degree or the equivalent is not required.

All positions offer medical, dental, prescription, vision and vacation benefits, plus a 401k. Interested parties can fill out an application at TI Automotive, 507 H.L. Thompson Jr. Drive, Ashley, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Immigrants Help Drive Population Growth in Northeast Indiana

Immigrants in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana accounted for 24.7 percent of overall population growth in the region from 2011 to 2016. While the total population grew by 2.2 percent, the immigrant population increased by 13.3 percent, according to a new report by New American Economy (NAE), in partnership with Welcoming Fort Wayne, the Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. Read the full story here.

Initiative Aims to Create Brand for Attracting Talent to the Region

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership recently announced a new project to develop a strategic brand for the 11-county region to target and attract new residents and talent and is seeking community input as part of the process. The ultimate goal is to create a unified vision and road map for long-term initiatives, including an authentic brand, logo and tagline that resonates with skilled talent who want to call northeast Indiana home.  Read the full story here

State Jobless Rate Rises to 3.3 percent; Still Below National Rate

Indiana's unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.3 percent in June, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The labor force, meanwhile, increased by nearly 15,000 compared to figures released one month ago. Read the full story here

Master Spas Plans $15.3-Million Expansion; 107 New Jobs Coming

Fort Wayne hot tub manufacturer Masters Spas announces plans to invest $15.3 million to expand operations on the west side of the city and create up to 107 jobs within the next four years. Read the full story here.  

Editorial: Region's Employers Should Consider Underutilized Talent Pools

Employers should consider underutilized talent pools -- such as people with disabilities or people exiting incarceration -- as the area's unemployment rates continue to drop. Read the editorial here
"Because failure is not an option, Busche enlisted the assistance of Northeast Indiana Works in helping arrange customized training for our workers in CNC machining and industrial maintenance. Northeast Indiana Works was open to new ideas in the development of the training. Now, Busche employees who participated in the training have the opportunity to receive pay increases along with promotions for the enhanced skills and abilities they have achieved."
Lori Busche, HR Manager, Busche Inc.