Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Shore Mortgage Recruiting Loan Officers, Underwriters, Processors, Closers, Post Closing Specialists and Account Executives

Shore Mortgage Recruiting Loan Officers, Underwriters, Processors, Closers, Post Closing Specialists and Account Executives... December '08 Interest Rate Cut Creates Financing Frenzy, Strengthens Company's 2008 Growth

/PRNewswire/ -- FHA leader in Michigan, Shore Mortgage, a full service mortgage company offering new mortgages as well as refinancing services, has four locations throughout the Detroit metropolitan area and is licensed to do business in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Because of Shore's substantial activity in the past year and in anticipation of projected 2009 activity, President Robert Rahal announced the company is seeking to hire an additional 80 to 100 new employees in several capacities including loan officers (10-20 persons per month for the next three months), underwriters, processors, closers, post closing specialists and account executives. Shore has a complete educational program and will train eligible applicants without prior experience. As an added note, Shore is finding that many of the company's new candidates for the sales positions are changing careers and are becoming quite successful in their new positions. Persons with ethnic language capabilities are also encouraged to apply for Shore Mortgage's job openings. Full time positions include a full corporate benefits package and comprehensive training.

Rahal explains, "We need additional staff since the treasury rate cut has broken through the mortgage availability log jam. In addition to the rate cut, it is important to note that we are doing significant business in the real estate world as we are known for closing mortgages very quickly. It is this swift 'turn time' benefit to applicants and real estate agents that has become an important buying and selling tool for area realtors and homeowners."

Continued Rahal, "Shore Mortgage is one of the few companies that originate loans, fund their own loans and actually service (collects payments) on a portion of their loans. We've taken applications, had homes appraised, credit checked, applications processed, loans underwritten, title work secured, closing documents drafted, closings scheduled, and loans funded in just five to seven days dependent upon the applicant's credit worthiness and down payment."

"Our clients are finding that our more than 25 years of experience and professionalism with FHA lending products and procedures are enabling owners to move into a new property or refinance to lower their payments before their next monthly payment or before a payment is being adjusted upwards. This quick time process is also enabling the real estate agent to finalize transactions in an extremely expedient manner," added Rahal.

Counter to the industry trend toward downsizing and layoffs, Shore Mortgage, established in 1985, shows a consistent growth pattern and is again seeking new employees to service its past, present and future clientele in its Birmingham, Dearborn, Roseville and Taylor offices with training to be completed in the Birmingham location. The company is ranked among the top 15 nationally and holds an important standing with Lenders One Alliance and many others.

For additional information, please email (in word format) to careers@shoremortgage.com or fax resume to Human Resources, at 248.594.6150. Job seekers may also call the Shore Career Line at 248.594.8932.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final H-2A Rule

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Employment Standards Administration (ESA) today published a final rule that modernizes the H-2A program for employing foreign workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural jobs, and enhances important worker protections.

"These reforms will improve the operation of the H-2A program for agricultural employers and help ensure that the employment of temporary foreign workers does not adversely affect U.S. workers," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

Many of the program's regulations have not been updated in more than 20 years. Last year, only about 75,000 positions were certified to be filled by legal H-2A workers, while there are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 undocumented workers employed on America's farms.

The changes will update the H-2A program to improve the process for hiring legal foreign agricultural workers when no U.S. workers can be found. Unlike the proposed AgJOBS legislation, which would arbitrarily slash agricultural workers' wages, the revised H-2A regulations will set required wages according to prevailing local market rates, a methodology that has been used successfully in other temporary worker programs.

Regulatory updates include reducing unnecessarily duplicative filing, and federal and state government review of applications. Required employer recruitment for U.S. workers will begin earlier, thereby giving U.S. workers additional notice of available jobs, and employers will be required to submit an initial recruitment report to the department prior to receiving certification.

The rule establishes enhanced penalties for violations and new tools to ensure employer compliance, including audits, revocation of approved labor certifications, increased debarment authority and substantial increases in fines - up to $100,000 for violations resulting in serious injury or death of a worker. The rule also will prohibit employers and recruiters from charging fees to workers for access to jobs, a practice that in the past has led to many reported abuses.

The Office of Management and Budget has cleared the rule, which appears in today's Federal Register. The rule will become effective on Jan. 17, 2009.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

German Instrument Transformer Manufacturer to Open North American Headquarters in Hartwell

Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that RITZ Instrument Transformers plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Hartwell, creating 50 jobs and investing $3 million.

“Georgia’s business assets continue to appeal to international manufacturers such as RITZ that are looking to expand their U.S. presence,” said Governor Perdue. “Our strong workforce, business-friendly environment and transportation network make Georgia an ideal location for RITZ’s North American headquarters.”

RITZ Instrument transformers will expand its U.S. presence by opening a new facility in Hartwell. The company plans to manufacture medium and low voltage instrument transformers at the new facility, expected to be approximately 30,000 square feet in size. The facility will also serve as North American corporate and sales headquarters. The manufacturing processes will include transformer winding, assembly, molding and electrical testing, creating job opportunities for employees of various skill sets. RITZ hopes to develop a pool of domestic suppliers for its component needs.

“We are excited about the prospect of having a manufacturing facility in Hartwell,” said Ingmar Grambow, the leader of the RITZ Management Board. “The decision to build a manufacturing facility in the U.S. was a logical extension of the market development work that has taken place over the last several years. Hartwell was ultimately chosen as the plant site because of our confidence in the quality of the workforce that RITZ will be able to attract and the level of support offered by the state and local community. We believe that this is sufficient grounds to feel confident in the success of this undertaking. There are many years of sales and employment growth ahead of us.”

“The Hart County Board of Commissioners is proud to welcome RITZ Instrument Transformers to our industrial community,” said Jon Caime, Hart County Administrator. “Hart County’s low taxes, ideal location and strategic emphasis on high-tech and growing industrial sectors make this RITZ investment in our community an ideal match with the goals of the Hart County Board of Commissioners. We look forward to their long-term profitability and success in Hart County.”
Scott McMurray, project manager with GDEcD, assisted the company in its location.

About the company

The RITZ company was founded in 1945 by Dr. Hans Ritz with the goal of making the instrument transformer the most reliable part of the electrical power system. With the addition of the Hartwell facility, the RITZ Group will consist of seven factories located in five countries around the world. RITZ is the world’s largest manufacturer of instrument transformers in the 600 V through 72 kV range. Its many important clients include Siemens, ABB, AREVA and most large electrical utilities. The company has been able to grow and prosper by focusing on maintaining a very high quality standard, product innovation and cost-effective lean manufacturing. In addition to instrument transformers, the group also manufactures cast coil power transformers, resin insulated bus bar systems and specialty resin products.
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Friday, December 12, 2008

LG Electronics USA Opens Training Academy in Georgia; Consolidates Local Mobile Phone and Appliance Operations

/PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics USA announced the grand opening today of the LG Training Academy in Roswell, Ga., to support LG's fast-growing commercial air conditioner business. At 16,000 square feet, this state-of-the art facility has the capability to train hundreds of engineers, contractors and technicians each month.

The city of Roswell was a natural choice for LG Electronics USA. The strategic location of the new facility places LG in a position to deliver the best hands-on product training for a region of the country with high demand for commercial air conditioning systems.

The training academy is the centerpiece of the new LG Roswell facility, which also houses the company's local operations for LG Mobile Phones and LG Digital Appliances. This location now has a total of 30 employees and plans to hire additional staff in 2009.

Michael Ahn, president and CEO, LG Electronics North America, called the new Roswell location "a symbol of LG's growth and vitality" in North America. "This is another important milestone in LG's tremendous expansion in the United States. Particularly noteworthy now during the U.S. recession is LG's investment in the communities where we live and work and our commitment to economic development and education here in the greater Atlanta area," he said.

The new academy will drive additional revenue to the City of Roswell with the use of local lodging and hospitality venues to support the influx of trainees. The academy will also partner with Atlanta-area printing and office suppliers for general business needs.

"LG Electronics' presence in Roswell shows its confidence in our workforce. LG Electronics will boost our economy through partnerships with local businesses and the use of our lodging and hospitality venues," said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood. "We look forward to working with LG as they build their commercial air conditioning business and add jobs and revenue to the city of Roswell."

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Atlanta CIOs Forecast Increase in First-Quarter Hiring

/PRNewswire/ -- A net 8 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) in the Atlanta area expect to hire information technology (IT) professionals in the first quarter of 2009, according to the most recent Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. Eleven percent of executives surveyed plan to add staff during the quarter and 3 percent anticipate reductions in personnel. The net 8 percent increase is up two points from the area's fourth-quarter 2008 forecast.

The local results reflect a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CIOs from a stratified random sample of companies in the Atlanta area with 100 or more employees; 1,400 executives were queried for the national data. (To view the national results, visit http://www.rht.com/PressRoom.) The studies were conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis. Robert Half Technology has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.

"Businesses remain cautious in their hiring outlook, recruiting IT staff who can help them maximize the use of technology to improve efficiency, achieve cost savings and gain a competitive edge," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Investments in Web 2.0 initiatives continue to generate demand in such areas as web development and help desk."

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Wanted: Director of Communications

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) seeks to hire a Director of Communications.

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that strives to raise the level of public policy debate in the state of Georgia. GBPI uses research, analysis and education to advance policies and practices that improve the quality of life for all Georgians. Through GBPI's fact-based research we educate policy makers, the media, and all Georgians about the importance of a fair and adequate tax system, affordable health coverage, and policies that expand opportunity and economic success for Georgians.

General Description

The Director of Communications will manage GBPI's communications activities with the goal of increasing public understanding of budget, tax, and economic issues important to low and moderate income Georgians. In addition, the Director of Communications will promote GBPI, our work and reputation, to key audiences.

Additional information about GBPI is available at www.gbpi.org .

Duties and responsibilities include:

· Works with staff and Board to develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan.

· Develops, coordinates, and manages a consistent organizational image across all communications forms and media.

· Develops and maintains relationships with statewide media. Fulfills media requests for information, develops and maintains contact list, schedules print and other interviews, tracks GBPI media coverage, etc.

· Edits publications and all other external communications to ensure they meet the highest standards of excellence with respect to grammar, tone, consistency, accuracy, branding and appearance.

· Writes and edits press releases, op-eds, and other appropriate promotional materials for the organization.

· Provides media training and advice to policy staff and facilitates message development through regular meetings with staff.

· Serves as primary contact with GBPI's computer consultant regarding changes and updates to website. Oversees website design and content management.

· Drafts e-newsletters for distribution to subscribers.

· Manages and maintains Constant Contact database for e-mail distributions.

· Performs other duties as assigned.


· Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years in public relations/affairs, marketing, communications, journalism, or related field.

· Excellent writing, editing, speaking and analytical skills.

· Ability to explain complex issues to multiple audiences, including policymakers, community based organizations, media and the public.

· A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, manage competing priorities and work independently.

· Self motivated, organized, adaptable, and able to work in a dynamic, team environment.

· Experience using web and e-mail for promoting issues. Familiarity with desktop and internet publishing and database management software.

· Must have demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience and available funds. GBPI offers health, dental, vision, long-term disability and SEP IRA retirement contributions. Generous vacation, holiday and sick leave.

To Apply

Please send resume, writing sample (i.e. clips of published op-eds, press releases, or other published works), cover letter, names and contact information of three references, and salary requirements to:

Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Communications Director Search
100 Edgewood Ave
Suite 950
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Email: aessig@gbpi.org

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