3/22 Business Digest

Southwest Cheese to hold job fair
Southwest Cheese will hold a career fair from noon to 7 p.m. March 31 at Clovis Community College.

Potential candidates will be able to learn about the company, the plant and jobs becoming available in May.

Computer terminals will be available for interested applicants to submit an application on line.

Southwest Cheese offers competitive pay plus generous benefits, a press release from the company showed. Southwest Cheese is looking to hire 200 employees before the plant is commissioned in October.

Applicants are invited to apply on line at www.southwestcheese.com

CIDC seeking bilingual applicants
The Clovis Industrial Development Corp. is working with a company that wants to identify Spanish speaking applicants interested in working in a customer service and technical environment.

These jobs will pay between $9 and $12 per hour with a full benefits package, a press release from the CIDC showed.

The CIDC must prove there are 100 bilingual employees available in the area, the release showed. The ideal candidate will be proficient in speaking and writing Spanish and English, and have some customer service experience.

Cover letters and applications are due by Wednesday and can be e-mailed to helpdeskpositions@yahoo.com

Firm still looking at old call center
Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said Monday an unidentified telemarketing firm looking to take over the old ClientLogic call center remains undecided about coming to Clovis. He said an answer should be available next week.

The company said it needs 300 full-time and 300 part-time employees. Nearly 1,000 job seekers attended a job fair in the fall at the Clovis Community College to test for the positions.

Enterprise center funds allocated
The state Legislate allocated $1.3 million to a business enterprise center project that would house the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. and Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, according to CIDC Executive Director Chase Gentry.

“I think the support of our local legislators (was important),” Gentry said. “They all got behind this project 100 percent. As well as the governor (Bill Richardson), he gave his support.”

The funding is part of a capital outlay project that Gov. Bill Richardson still must sign into law.

No site or timeline has been set for the project.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: david_irvin@link.freedom.com