Nearly 1000 show up at Yokohama Tire jobs session

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MAYHEW, Miss. (AP) - The chance to learn what will be needed to get one of 500 jobs expected at a tire plant under construction in West Point brought nearly 1,000 people to East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ( ) reports that Yokohama Tire Manufacturing state President Tad Yamamoto told potential applicants on Saturday that hiring will start next year.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and two certifications available through the community college.

EMCC will begin testing and training sessions Jan. 6.

The college's head of workforce and community services, Raj Shaunak, says Yokohama Tire is likely to have at least 5,000 applicants for the first 500 jobs.

The company will begin taking applications Feb. 1 at


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,


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