FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, June 22, 2012
TEDC Attracting Bathurst Workers
Timmins ON - June 22nd, 2012: Cheryl St-Amour, from the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), travelled to Bathurst New Brunswick with representatives of Xstrata Copper Kidd Operations to promote the City of Timmins, and specifically, www.jobsintimmins.com. Cheryl St-Amour noted that the jobsintimmins website has now become a central source of information on available employment opportunities in the City of Timmins.
Bathurst is home to the Brunswick Mine, an Xstrata Zinc operation. In March 2012, the company announced that Brunswick Mine would close in 2013 after almost half a century of mining activity. More than 800 people will be seeking to use their skills at other projects. These employees consist of a variety of skilled and unskilled workers, equipment operators, professionals and other mining related positions.
Xstrata Zinc is working to assist employees and their families' transition to new opportunities and have been holding both internal and external job fairs for employees. While Kidd Operations promoted their vacancies to the workers, the TEDC highlighted the City of Timmins and its attributes, outlining the similarities between Timmins and Bathurst. "We wanted to ensure that potential workers had in-depth knowledge of the community. Our partnership with the TEDC allowed them not only to learn more about working at Xstrata, but also about Timmins. The TEDC provided insight on housing, recreation, education, health and so many other aspects about living in Timmins", stated Brian Fleury, Senior Human Resource Advisor.
"We are thankful to Xstrata Copper Kidd Operations, for providing us with the opportunity to showcase our community and www.jobsintimmins.com. Working together will increase the probability of attracting these experienced mining employees and their families to Timmins. The TEDC will be following up our trip to Brunswick Mine with ongoing promotion of www.jobsintimmins.com in the Bathurst media. We encourage all our employers to continue to post their vacancies on the website" stated Fred Gibbons, Chair of the TEDC.
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Fred Gibbons: (705) 235-7200
Cheryl St. Amour: (705) 363-5967