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Thousands Seek Jobs at New Steel Plant

By Associated Press

Mobile, AL – The ThyssenKrupp steel plant being built in southwest Alabama has drawn more than 8-thousand-700 job seekers in a recent recruitment period that ended Friday.

Officials with Alabama Industrial Development Training said at least 4,000 applications were received in the past week.

AIDT, which will provide pre-employment training, said it expects to hold its first training classes in March. The German-based company could begin hiring its first workers by early summer.

Construction got underway in November on the massive $3.7 billion plant at Calvert on the border of Mobile and Washington counties.

Operations could begin in 2010, creating up to 2,700 jobs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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