Training begins at sweet potato plant
Officials say about 1,700 people have applied for 240 hourly jobs at the ConAgra Foods Inc. sweet potato processing plant near Delhi, and the first 80 will be hired by July 12.
The opening is expected in September.
Plant human resources says 500 applicants have been invited to a pre-employment class next week.
The company will hire the hourly workers in three groups of 80, with three weeks between each group.
The first group will be mostly machine operators, and will need more extensive on-the-job training than the next two groups.
The company, based in Omaha, Neb., also plans to hire about 35 management workers.