Applicants seek temporary jobs at Mercedes plant

Published 12:22 am Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — Applicants are showing up in hopes of landing temporary jobs at the Mercedes plant in Vance, and about 3,800 job applications already were filed before the company doing the hiring opened its doors.

Brenda Harris, a vice president with North American On-Site, the Atlanta-based company that Mercedes chose to hire temporary production workers, says many of the applicants filed online at the company’s website.

Mercedes needs 400 to 500 temporary workers. While the employees will work at Mercedes, they will be employed by North American On-Site, which says it will pay them a starting wage of $14.50 per hour.

Mercedes said in August it needs the temporary workers to help meet rising demand for the sport utility vehicles it makes in Vance.