Hundreds wait in rain overnight to apply for Ford jobs
A look at the line early Friday morning in front of the unemployment office.
Another look at the run in the line, as people wrapped around the side of the building.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Despite the soggy conditions overnight and into Friday morning, it didn't dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who lined up outside downtown Louisville's Kentucky Office for Employment and Training at Sixth and Cedar hours before the office opened.
We talked to one person who said he arrived with a friend at about 12:30 Friday morning - nearly eight hours before the office opened.
It's all for a chance at a high-paying job at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant on Fern Valley Road.
On Thursday Mayor Greg Fischer and other top officials announced that 1,800 new jobs would be coming to the plant.
Of those, more than 1,000 are new positions, and roughly 800 will come from other Ford plants.
"It's worth standing there," said applicant Ty Beumel.
Standing, sitting, sleeping, socializing, and skimming a book or two are just some of the many ways people tried to pass the time and dodge some rain drops while waiting Friday morning.
"It was about 12:30, 1:00 in the morning when me and my friend came down," said applicant Brian Black.
He was one of the first people in line – and brought a chair to wait the eight hours until the doors opened.
"My father worked at Ford before he passed away and we work on cars and I had been interested in cars," Black said. "And Ford is more than a job that will last a couple of months it's more of an option to pursue a career."
Some applicants said they already have a job.
"I'm hoping to get on here so it's a closer drive for me," Shawn Howell said.
Others are desperate for work.
"Opportunities like this don't come around in this type of economy so I had to be here early," said Bill Truss. "It would mean a lot - I mean this is a life changing job for me. I'm unemployed."
And some applicants just wanted a better job.
"It's a good company, it's a strong company and I felt like it'd be something secure that I can make it my last job," Beumel said. "I want a good company I can stay at and retire from."
Beumel has been hit hard by the economy's downturn and just wants to get back where she once was.
"I lost a good job and went to a lower paying job," Beumel explained. "I mean I'm making it, but I feel like if I went to this job I'm going to make it a lot better and have less stress."
And they all say the stress if waiting is worth it.
"I'll be here for as long as it takes," Truss said.
To apply, Ford officials said to go through the Kentucky Office for Employment and Training, and by the looks of the long lines, thousands were doing that Friday morning in downtown Louisville.
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