Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 15, 2013

Military tent repair adds 15 jobs in McDowell County

WELCH — Damaged military tents from Afghanistan and Iraq will soon be repaired in McDowell County.

The tents will be shipped to the National Guard Armory in Welch where a team of workers will make the repairs. Potential candidates are now being interviewed for the positions, according to county Economic Development Authority Director Peni Adams.

“It is an initiative through the National Guard,” Adams said. “They will be repairing the tents and things from Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s 15 good-paying jobs.”

Adams said the crews repairing the tents will work four days a week, 10 hours a day.

“Non-military people will do the work and repairs,” Adams said. “Of course they would love for some of them to be veterans who would be having trouble finding jobs.”

More than 50 applications have already been received for the 15 jobs. The positions were posted with WorkForce West Virginia.

“They have already started the interview process,” Adams said.

Adams said tents will be shipped to McDowell County each Monday and shipped out on Thursdays to either a storage facility or new military destination.

The tents will be repaired in Welch each week as long as there is funding available to continue the program.

Adams said the original target date for the program to begin was July 1. However, candidates are still being interviewed for the positions at this time.

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