Koch Foods hosts job fair following Mississippi ICE raids

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Bright and early Monday morning, dozens of people turned out at Koch Foods Employment centers in Morton, and the Win Job Center in Forest looking for a job.

Tyler Penry of Meridian said  “We heard they were hiring, so I came down here to see if they wanted someone to drive the trucks for them. “

The influx in job openings came nearly a week after 680 workers were detained in Ice Raids at food plants across the state.

In Morton alone, 243 people were taken from food plants. Koch Foods was where the highest number of workers were detained.

Organizers with the Win Job Center in Forest said they were contacted by the food company last week to conduct the fair. 

Dianne Bell the Communication Director For MS Department of Employment Security said “ They have to have enough people in order to process the poultry. If they don’t have that, the lines will go down and they won’t be productive as they should.” 

Koch Foods has at least three locations within the Morton area. Many who live in or near the small town said the plant doesn’t hire much. Ramandus Davis was looking for employment, Monday. He said he was still shaken up by the raids, but said the job openings provide an opportunity for many.

Davis said “I’m praying for the families that got detained because of the situation that happened. Everything happens for a reason. I feel bad but this opens doors for people that couldn’t get anything done.” 

“As I kept seeing it all over the news, I saw it was huge. It was crazy. Still, It’s like, there’s more people who will be able to get a job. I need one myself for me and my kids, ” said Hayley Willis, a job seeker.

Organizers said all that’s required for those who apply is two forms of identification. WJTV 12 reached out to Koch Foods for comment, they declined.

Apply for jobs at the facility by contacting the MSWorks website.

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