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Toray Carbon hiring workers

By Jay Wilson
DAILY Business Writer

jwilson@decaturdaily.com 340-2440

Toray Carbon Fibers America Inc. is trying to fill 30 to 35 production jobs created through an expansion.

Training applications for these jobs in Decatur are available at the Alabama Career Center through Thursday.

The center is at 1819 Bassett Ave. S.E. To be considered for the positions, applicants must complete Alabama Industrial Development Training customized for Toray production and spinning technicians.

Toray Carbon Fibers America Inc.'s Decatur facility houses the world's largest single carbon fiber production line.

The company's production capacity expanded by 1,800 tons in 2004 and will double by early 2006. The 30 to 35 jobs are among 49 created by Toray's recent expansion.

Completion of the second line in Decatur will boost the Toray Group's global PAN-based carbon fiber production capacity to 10,900 tons per year.

Businesses use carbon fibers in industries such as civil engineering and construction as well as in ships, vehicles and compressed natural gas fuel tanks for automobiles.

Information

Information about the training program is available at the AIDT Web site at www.aidt.edu/companyjobs.html and the Alabama Career Center Web site at es.dir.alabama.gov.

AIDT identifies candidates with skills and abilities required for employment through this pre-employment training. The group conducts training programs at night to allow trainees to continue working at their current jobs.

There is no cost to trainees, trainees are not paid while enrolled in the training program and AIDT does not guarantee all trainees a job.

AIDT, part of the state's two-year college system, was established to develop and coordinate training programs for companies that are creating jobs in Alabama through startup or expansion.

Since 1971, AIDT has customized pre-employment, on-the-job and new-skills training programs for more than 200,000 Alabamians employed by more than 3,500 organizations.

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