EDC Announces 2011 Job Fair Employers

December 22, 2011

Asheville, NC – The 6thAnnual Homecoming Job Fair will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville.  Registration for the fair continues through December 27, with 80 employers and job seeker resources slated to attend.  The job fair will showcase regional employment opportunities in growth industries throughout Western North Carolina, including advanced manufacturing, financial services, health services, and hospitality.  Job seekers who participate in the 2011 Homecoming Job Fair will have the benefit of a one-stop opportunity to meet directly with representatives from many premier organizations in the region that are currently hiring or anticipate hiring in 2012.  As an added benefit, this year’s job fair will also include seminars and resume reviews for area job seekers.  The employers and resources participating in the event include the following firms:

Advanced Business Equipment



AFLAC Insurance

American General Life and Accident Insurance

American Recycling of WNC

American Zipline Canopy Adventures

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Asheville Family Health Center

Asheville Radio Group

Asheville Savings Bank


AvL Technologies

Baldor Electric Company

Bayada Nurses



Beemer Clinic

Carolina Information Technology Resource Corp.


City of Asheville

ClearChannel Asheville

Clement Pappas

Comforce Staffing Services

Eaton Corporation

Express Employment Professionals

Extreme Global Marketing

Find Great People

Flint Group

Four Seasons Compassion for Life

Friday Staffing Services

GE Aviation

Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

Guthy|Renker Fulfillment Services

HomeTrust Bank

Ingles Markets, Inc.

Interim Healthcare

Irene Wortham Center

J. Crew

King Bio

Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville



Mills Manufacturing Corporation

Mission Health

North American Roofing Services, Inc.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

Nypro Asheville

PalmerWahl Instruments

Pardee Hospital

Park Ridge Health

Plasticard-Locktech International

PlumDog Financial

Premier Solutions International

Primerica Financial Services

Silver- Line Plastics


Smoky Mountain Machining

Sonoco Plastics

Sunshine Employment Resources

Systems Integration and Development, Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

UPM Raflatac, Inc.

Vista Verde

Waffle House, Inc.



Job Seeker Resources

  • ABCCM Veterans Employment and Training Services
  • Alliance Tractor-Trailer Training Center
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Employment Security Commission
  • Goodwill Industries of NWNC- Career Connections
  • Henderson County Joblink @ Blue Ridge Community College
  • JobLink Career Centers
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville Center for Graduate Studies
  • LocalJobs.com
  • Mars Hill College
  • Meet the Geeks
  • NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Smokey Mtn. Trucking Institute
  • South College
  • Toastmasters International
  • WNCHRA Resume Review and Job Search Coaching

Please visit the event website, www.HomecomingJobFair.com, to learn more about the employers and positions being showcased.  Applications will be taken on-site for specific employers and job seekers are invited to bring their resume for distribution. 

"As the largest recruitment event in Western North Carolina, we are looking forward to this opportunity to connect regional business to talent, to connect our workforce to employment, and to promote the diversity of career opportunities in Asheville.  In the past six years, the Homecoming Job Fair has come to represent our regional collaboration to make the Asheville area a great place to live, build a career, and grow a business,” stated Ben Teague, Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition. 

Presenting Sponsor: SunTrust

Media Sponsor: Asheville Citizen-Times/CareerBuilder

Event Sponsors: Advanced Business Equipment, AdvantageWest, American Water Care- EcoWater, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, ClearChannel Asheville, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, Mountain Xpress, Progress Energy, and The Biltmore Company.

Event Partners:  A-B Tech , Biltmore Square Mall, Blue Ridge Community College, Buncombe County Government, CAYLA- City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, LocalJobs.com, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, NC Employment Security Commission, and  NC JobLink Career Centers.
For more information about the event, please visit www.HomecomingJobFair.com or contact Clark Duncan at the EDC 828.258.6134.

The EDC for Asheville-Buncombe Countyis a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.   The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Asheville 5 x 5 Campaign.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerceis a 2,000 member organization representing 86,000 employees.  Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business.  The Asheville Chamber works diligently to ensure that Asheville continues to prosper while also protecting the natural beauty of the area.  In 2006, the Chamber moved to a new location and is now home to the 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes 200,000 visitors per year