The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce will host a job fair open to the public next week.

Chamber Executive Director Mandy White said that the Chamber’s board members wanted to do something to help and show support for the people of Crossett.

The event was organized to assist those being displaced by the downsizing of Georgia Pacific, but it is open to the public and anyone seeking employment.

“There are so many in our town looking for work and whether they’ve been displaced or not, we want to help them,” White said. “We want to help the entire community.”

White said that even though other job fairs have been arranged specifically for the GP employees, she felt there needed to be one that was open to everyone because previous job fairs were limited and didn’t even include all of the displaced workers.

As of Tuesday morning, 16 businesses were committed to attending, but the deadline to register is not until Sept. 5 and White said she had others who were considering attending.

The Arkansas Workforce office will have its mobile unit set up and the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District will have representatives at the fair.

The businesses fully committed as of Tuesday morning include Great Lakes Chemical, Twin Rivers Paper, Sonoco, Convey Logistics, Delek, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Diversified Construction, El Dorado Chemical, Graphic Packaging, Wellspun, Lanxess and Potlatch.

The 2019 Community Job and Resource fair will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Multi-Ministry Center behind First Baptist Church. The building will be open at 9 a.m. for setup.

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