ThyssenKrupp and Austal talk about challenges of hiring large numbers of workers
Published: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 3:00 PM
By Jeff Amy, Press-Register
CALVERT, Alabama -- For ThyssenKrupp AG, the challenge has been sorting through an avalanche of applications, while Austal USA has struggled to drum up enough interest.
Those were the differing perspectives that hiring managers gave Friday to members of the AlabamaGermany Partnership who visited ThyssenKrupp's $5 billion complex on the Mobile-Washington county line. The group, made up of companies and individuals, tries to strengthen social and business ties between Germany and Alabama. It held its annual meeting in Mobile for the first time on Thursday and Friday.
David Scheid, vice president of human resources at ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA, said that 53,675 people have applied through the online Alabama Industrial Development Training process, and the company has hired 1,124 from that source thus far.
That means roughly 2.1 percent of people who have applied have been hired. By comparison, Harvard University accepted 6.3 percent of applicants for undergraduate admission this year.
The German steelmaker has hired hundreds more office and management positions directly.
"Our problem is we have too many candidates, too many good candidates," Scheid said.