Jobs at Georgia-Pacific's Wauna Mill were in high demand before the company announced an expansion that will create 110 more permanent positions.

The news has created a frenzy at the Oregon Employment Department's Astoria office.

"We have a lot of work right now," said employment office manager Joyce Aho, "but we're happy to do this kind of work."

Aho estimated that the applicant pool for the Georgia-Pacific jobs would top 500 individuals.

Keith Larson, Wauna plant human resources manager, said a date for when any massive hiring has yet to be set. When the time comes, he said, Georgia-Pacific will be working with the Oregon Employment Department and Clatsop Community College. In the meantime, the plant typically hires new staff every four to six weeks to replace employees who have retired.

New construction jobs related to the addition of machinery at the mill will go through contractors, who have not yet been announced, Larson said.

Those interested in working at the Wauna Mill should come into the employment office, 450 Marine Drive, and pick up an application packet. People who are registered with the employment department can come in to update their applications and indicate that they would like to have Georgia-Pacific added as one of their occupational choices, if they haven't already done so, Aho said.

Again this fall, Clatsop Community College will offer its Georgia Pacific Pre-Applicant Program with classes beginning Sept. 30. The program includes courses in industrial safety, basic first aid and CPR, an introduction to computer information systems, math for applied sciences and principles of technology.

"This is a program that's optional, not mandatory," Aho said. "It's just one more way to get some skills that would help your application, but it's no guarantee of being selected."

For more information, contact the employment department in Astoria at 325-4821.

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