DAP job fair draws big crowd Company plans to hire more than 100 at new Canton headquarters


January 31, 1998|By Mark Ribbing | Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF

Seeking to hire more than 100 people for its new Canton headquarters, adhesives manufacturer DAP Inc. kicked off a two-day job fair yesterday in Baltimore.

And, as might be expected in a city that has suffered numerous recent job losses, the job fair drew a large crowd. DAP officials estimated that about 100 people were at the Inner Harbor Hyatt Regency by 2: 15 p.m., 45 minutes before the fair's official opening.

"We've not done this before," DAP Chief Executive Officer John McLaughlin said of the fair. "We still have a lot of jobs to fill. It's a way to see a lot of people in a short amount of time."

He said that he wanted to hire about 105 more people from the area, and that DAP's new base at the old American Can Co. plant will employ about 125 altogether.

"We're really thrilled to have DAP here in Baltimore," said Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke at the fair. "These will be really well-paying jobs, and they're the kind of jobs we need here."

Positions advertised at the fair are in research, marketing, customer service, finance and other divisions. McLaughlin said salaries for the new jobs would range from about $20,000 for receptionists and mail-room clerks to "over six figures" for vice presidents.

Gerry Staib, 54, of Baltimore, who was looking for a bookkeeping and accounting position, said, "I had been at Catholic Review. My position was eliminated and I've never been out of work before. I heard DAP was coming to Baltimore so I thought I'd give it a try.

"I'm nervous but excited at the same time."

Kevin Wood, 33, of Baltimore, was also looking for accounting

work with DAP. He stood in a cluster with other former Signet Banking Corp. workers who lost their jobs when First Union acquired Signet.

"We're displaced employees, so we started looking," Wood said. "We found out about this at first at a job fair at First Union, and we decided to come down."

Nadine Crisitello, 28, took a more unusual route to the DAP job fair. Crisitello, who with her husband just moved to Baltimore from Morristown, N.J., said, "We did a remodeling job on our house and we used DAP stuff and we really liked their products." She decided that the company might be a good place to use her background in marketing.

DAP is planning to complete its move from Dayton, Ohio, by mid-May, with corporate operations beginning transfers to Baltimore on March 1 and research operations arriving in mid-April.

Some area DAP hires have already begun training in Dayton and at DAP's temporary offices in the Candler Building at the Inner Harbor, McLaughlin said.

The fair continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pub Date: 1/31/98

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