Updated: 01/24/2014 10:48 PM
Created: 01/24/2014 4:19 PM WDIO.com
Hundreds of people attended the second annual Mining Industry Day at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm.
The goal is to connect 22 mining companies and vendors with potential workers.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development helped organize the event. According to state stats, the employment in the industry has climbed 25% in the past two years.
One of the companies looking to hire the most people within the year is Magnetation, with 150 positions open. That's where one of the longest lines was continuously.
"Our next plant opens in December. We can feel the excitement. We feel excited too," said human resources manager Sean Colter.
The people who filled the rooms come from different backgrounds and lifestyles. But they all are looking for the next good opportunity.
"I'm hoping to find a good paying job so that my wife can be a stay-at-home mom," explained Nick Nadler, who drove 8 hours from Chilton, Wisconsin to be at the event.
Soon-to-be-graduates also attended, and are feeling hopeful now about their future employment. Two students we spoke with, Kevin McCarroll and Jake Bellefy, said they felt better about their future prospects after meeting with many of the employers.
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