LE ROY, Ill. — The City of Le Roy is helping people get back on their feet after the abrupt closing of the Corteva Pioneer Plant.
The city’s mayor decided to host a job fair, he says what was a sad situation for some has now turned into hope for many.
“We lost a business here in town that employed about 75 people,” said Mayor Steve Dean of Le Roy. “I decided we needed to come up with a job fair.”
Tons of community members gathered at the First United Methodist Church in Le Roy to speak to business representatives about available opportunities. Though this comes after the plant shutting down, the event was open to everyone.
“We love our people, and we want them to stay here in town,” said Dean. “We want them to have good employment available to them so this was the logical step.”
Dean says though he knew people needed jobs he was surprised at the number of people that came out.
“This was a great idea,” said Dawn Mozingo of Farmer City. “Steve Dean, the mayor, deserves all the praise to think of this. There’s a lot of companies here and its all in one spot im really glad I came.”
The fair wasn’t just beneficial to the community, those with the businesses said this was a great opportunity for them to get their name out there.
“A lot of people don’t know about Aerotek,” said Will James, Recruiter for Aerotek. “They don’t know the type of services we provide, so getting that face to face interaction just allows them to really put a face to a name.”
For some ex-plant workers, this could be the start of a new adventure.
“We’re sad to go but it kind of gives us a new start,” said Zachary Crawley, former Pioneer worker. “It will be fun putting myself out there and seeing what I can get.”
Mayor Dean says, with the success of the event, he hopes to have another event like this in the future.