November 10, 2006

Mittal Steel Stockpiles Applications for Future Hiring in Indiana, Illinois

By Andrea Holecek, The Times, Munster, Ind.

Nov. 9--Mittal Steel USA has established an application process for those seeking entry-level, hourly positions at its Indiana and Illinois plants.

"We're not hiring now," company spokesman David Allen said. "It's for when we need to. We need to have a reservoir of applicants to replace workers who leave or retire in the future. You can't predict retirements. There is no mandatory retirement age."

Mittal has facilities in East Chicago, New Carlisle and Burns Harbor in Indiana; and in Riverdale and Hennepin in Illinois.

Applicants must register with WorkOne/WorkOne Express in Indiana using the online registration system, according to the company. Registration can be made at WorkOne/WorkOne Express offices or at any computer with Internet access. The registration deadline is Dec. 15.

After registering, applicants must contact an Indiana WorkOne/WorkOne Express office in person or by phone to indicate their interest in a position at Mittal and to schedule an assessment. When applicants appear for the skills assessment test, they must bring a copy of their high school diploma or GED, and a state-issued photo identification card such as a driver's license.

All other things being equal, the company gives preferential treatment in hiring to applicants related to its current employees as required by its labor contract with the United Steelworkers, Allen said. Current hourly employees have access to relative referral forms.

Mittal Steel USA currently employs about 4,900 hourly workers at its Indiana Harbor plants in East Chicago; 2,800 at its Burns Harbor plant; about 400 at I/N Tek I/N Kote in New Carlisle; and about 200 at Mittal Riverdale.

"The (applicants) reservoir is almost empty, low enough to refill," Allen said.

TO REGISTER WITH WORKONE: Go to any WorkOne location in Northwest Indiana or register online by typing the following address into your Internet browser:


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