GARY | New permanent part-time and full-time jobs are coming to the city, and Gary residents will have multiple opportunities to apply for them.
In addition, a Youth Job Fair will help Gary residents ages 14 to 23 apply for summer jobs with a variety of companies, nonprofit agencies and other organizations.
The Youth Job Fair initiative and the five job fairs to fill 160 jobs available soon with the TravelCenters of America-Petro center at 3001 Grant St. were announced at a Wednesday news conference at Gary City Hall.
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson touted the public-private partnership between the city, its department of commerce, The Center of Workforce Development/WorkOne and Ohio-based TravelCenters of America LLC that is resulting in the job opportunities.
“One of the things I hear often, in fact every day, is ‘When are we going to get jobs here in Gary?’” Freeman-Wilson said. “We will not be satisfied until there are employment numbers in the City of Gary like there are in other parts of Indiana.”
The mayor said the job opportunities offered by Petro are open to those who live in other communities, “but an employed Gary is a stronger Gary.”
J. Forest Hayes, director of the Gary economic development council, said the job openings at Petro are “a win-win-win-win – a win for TA-Petro, a win for the city, a win for WorkOne and a win for the citizens of Gary.”
“This is a great collaboration,” Hayes said. “We want this to be a model and replicate it. We want to create 1,500 jobs for our residents.”
The Petro facility is currently being renovated and is slated to open on May 28, said Tom Maren, manager of recruiting for TA.
It will feature diesel and gasoline services, a 24-hour convenience store with deli, heavy truck maintenance services, a Verizon wireless phone sales and service kiosk, a full-service Iron Skillet Restaurant and Pizza Hut and Taco Bell quick-serve restaurants.