Sanderson Farms is in the process of filling dozens of supervisor positions for a new facility in Smith county. The company partnered with Tyler Junior College and the East Texas Workforce Center to host a job fair.

The job fair was hosted at the Tyler Junior College West Campus in the Skills Training Center. The fair started on Tuesday and continues through Thursday, running from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“We’re in the process of building a new complex here in the Tyler area,” said Ashley Fontenot, division manager of Tyler Production. “We are going to need 1,700 employees when it’s all said and done.”

She said most of those job opportunities will benefit East Texans.

“The bulk of those employees will come from the Tyler area.”

Fontenot said she expects these job openings to make a big difference in Tyler's economy.

“We’ll have an annual payroll of about $74 million when it’s said and done and we are completely done with the project.”

Applicant Tyler Ross said he is thankful for the opportunity.

“I’m not going to say it’s hard to find a job, but it’s hard to find a good job,” said Ross.

He said although he’s been employed by the same company for the past five years, he’s looking for an opportunity to do better.

“Currently there is no job opportunity for me to move up and looking at a corporation like this, it looks like there’s always going to be growth,” said Ross.

Right now, Sanderson Farms is looking to fill 100 salary-based supervisor positions, but during the summer the company will look to fill more than 1,500 hourly positions

“We’ll hire forklift drivers, people to cut chickens up,” said Fontenot.

The new facility will open in January of 2019.