Job listings are posted on a bulletin board at a career center. (credit: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

Job listings are posted on a bulletin board at a career center. (credit: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The developers of the Alliance area in north Fort Worth say it has evolved into one of the largest “inland ports” in the U.S. Able to ship large amounts of materials across America through a massive rail yard and Alliance Airport, manufacturers and distributors are flocking to the area. And that means explosive growth in the number of jobs available.

“We have some great jobs here,” said Amy Karrigan, a human resources employee for OHL, a logistics company setting up an operation for “We have material handlers. We have skilled positions we’re looking for. We’re looking for customers service representatives, inventory specialists — all kinds.”

Every week, OHL hosts a job fair. They have around 150 job openings now and they expect to keep growing.

But so far, they have a lot more empty positions then they do people to fill them.

“We will definitely need more applicants to fill those positions,” Karrigan said.

The same story is true in Alliance for companies like Amazon, Colgate, Motorola, the list goes on. According to Hillwood Properties, the company developing the area, the explosive growth around Alliance has created 4,000 jobs in a year. and now those companies are recruiting workers any way they can. You can find a job fair like this one taking place in Alliance almost every day of the week.

“It’s a lot better than it has been for job seekers,” said Steve Boecking, vice-president for Hillwood Properties. “It’s a great market for them.”

Debi Grigsby sat at a small table talking quietly to an OHL staff member as she filled out a job application. Grigsby moved from Dallas to Alliance for the opportunity to find a better job. She’s interviewed for several jobs in just over a week and believes there is an opportunity in Alliance to build her future.

“I just want to work in Alliance and stay out here and live in McPherson Ranch and be positive and call it home,” Grigsby said.

Find out more about all the jobs in the Alliance area by calling 817-548-5274 or clicking here.

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