5 La Grange firms seek to fill 25 jobs in improving economy

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Jane Michaels
jmichaels@pioneerlocal.com | @janemichaels22
Aug. 11 2:15 p.m.

Five La Grange businesses will be recruiting at a job fair Aug. 19 at the La Grange Theatre.

At least 25 full- and part-time positions are expected to be filled following the event, which begins at 9 a.m. at 80 S. La Grange Road.

The job fair is sponsored by John Rot, who owns the theater, Horton’s Home Lighting and Ace Hardware, and Michael LaPidus, who owns Q BBQ and The Hot Dog Company.

Rot said he’s encouraged by the economy’s gradual recovery.

“For Horton’s and Ace, we’re seeing a lot of growth,” he said. “Part of that is improvement in the economy and the housing market. We’re seeing a time of growth, and it’s time for us to invest into growing our staff to support that.”

In appreciation of the community’s strong support of local businesses, Rot said he and LaPidus would like to hire locally as well.

“It’s a chance for us to get people who live and shop and eat in the community to fill these positions,” Rot said. “Maybe there are parents raising a family who would like the opportunity to work part time while their kids are in school. We have the whole spectrum of positions.”

Rot stressed that the hiring managers of the five companies are looking for all types of candidates, regardless of background, skills, experience or education.

“It’s really about finding the people who believe in helping others,” he said. “We’re looking to find the right candidate and will teach them the position.”

LaPidus’s two restaurants are accepting online applications for cashier/bus persons, shift leaders and kitchen help.

“We have openings from senior level management positions to first-time employees as stock warehouse help or cashiers,” Rot said.

Candidates are encouraged to bring resumes, fill out applications at the job fair and be prepared for short interviews that morning. Management positions will be outlined from 9 to 10 a.m. and other positions will be detailed from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

“We’re always looking for good people, and we spend so much time posting job ads that we wanted to do something different, so we came up with the idea of linking the businesses for a job fair,” Rot said.

“This will accelerate the process of bringing people together for a chance of us learning about them and for them to learn about our five businesses and what we do,” he said.

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