Continental Carbonic job fair

Mark Brewer, vice president of manufacturing and engineering for Continental Carbonic Products, Inc., spoke with potential employees on Thursday. Photo by Dan Mundt

Mark Brewer, vice president of manufacturing and engineering for Continental Carbonic Products, Inc., spent Thursday at Western Iowa Tech in Denison conducting a series of presentations about the company’s upcoming employment opportunities.

According to Sherri Vaughn, local coordinator for IowaWORKS, 106 individuals attended the meet and greet.

Brewer said Continental Carbonic needs to fill approximately 70 jobs, including production-related, maintenance, management and driver positions.

The company is currently constructing a $19 million, 35,000 square-foot dry ice production facility southwest of Denison.

Continental Carbonic will use carbon dioxide (CO2) supplied by The Andersons Denison Ethanol facility. CO2 is the input product used to create dry ice.

“We’re very pleased to be here in Denison and hope the community is as excited about us as we are about it,” Brewer said.

Brewer was very happy with the turnout on Thursday. Presentations took place every two hours all day.

The company will begin contacting job applicants in mid-April.

Job seekers will complete online applications and the company will then set up interviews, Vaughn said.

The IowaWorks office will be available to direct job seekers to the website, if needed.

The IowaWORKS number is 712-267-3654.

New hires will be given two weeks of training with an online classroom for company policies and hands-on preparation for safety of machine operation.

“We’d like to have everyone hired and trained prior to startup,” Brewer said.

The plant is expected to begin production on May 31, he said.

The Denison plant will be Continental Carbonic’s first location in Iowa and the company’s 49th location in North America.

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