SULPHUR — The Murray County Job Fair was held Tuesday afternoon at the Murray County Expo Center and featured several local businesses offering employment opportunities for area residents.

“It’s put on by the Sulphur Chamber of Commerce and the Davis Chamber of Commerce,” Davis Chamber of Commerce representative Janet Mathis said. “We have 16 businesses set up to interview, everything from truck drivers, clerical people and food service people.”

Local employers, such as Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, were on hand to represent their companies and offer employment positions.

“Today we’re recruiting for nurses,” Sallie Tomlinson, spokesperson for the hospital said. “We have flexible positions and a full-time staff. We’re also taking applications for maintenance, dietary and housekeeping that we will keep on file.”

Tomlinson felt the job fair was a positive way to reach people in need of employment opportunities in the Murray County area.

“I think this is a great opportunity for the residents of Murray County and those on the outside,” she said.

Julie Underwood, spokesperson for the Hanover Compressor Company said that, while their company started out small, it has transitioned and is still growing.

“We’re growing very fast,” she said. “For a small town or area such a Murray County, we started out with 15 employees last May and currently we’re at 100 and still growing. We’re looking for mechanics, welders, we just have a wide variety of jobs available.”

Area newcomer Debby Johnson was taking in the offers that were available.

“I’m seeing what the general jobs are in this area,” she said. “I’m new to the area so I just wanted to see what was available.”

Roberta Morgan with Landmark Bank said that the job fair offers the community a chance to grow.

“We are here to build our community up by offering jobs, good quality jobs in this area, that have benefits and help the area stay strong,” Morgan said.