Suwannee Democrat


April 9, 2014

Klausner officials talk jobs at career event

About 500 turn out to learn more about sawmill opportunities

Live Oak —

Approximately 500 people turned out Friday and Saturday at the Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center in Live Oak to learn more about Klausner Lumber One LLC and the jobs that will soon be available. Klausner is currently constructing a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sawmill at the catalyst site in Suwannee County and is expected to bring about 350 jobs within the first three years of operation. 

"The response from the community has been tremendous,” Sheryl Rehberg, executive director of CareerSource North Florida who hosted the event, stated. “While 500 came to learn more about Klausner Lumber One, we know there are just as many who were unable to attend but who are interested in the career opportunities Klausner will provide.”

Job seekers who attended the event were given the opportunity to learn more about Klausner from company officials through a slide presentation. Among the group of officials present was Thomas Mende, Klausner’s president of international business development. 

Each department within the sawmill operation had a table display for job seekers to see videos taken from the company’s sawmills in Europe. Job descriptions of the positions within the department were made available for job seekers to read. Klausner personnel were on hand to answer questions to explain more about the specific skills needed for the jobs.  

When Klausner is ready to announce specific job openings, the company will notify CareerSource North Florida and the positions will be posted at

“We expect these to open incrementally over the next several months,” said Diane Head, CareerSource North Florida deputy director. “Job seekers should follow the application instructions completely once they are referred to the position(s). Job seekers can contact CareerSource North Florida for assistance with their resume, applying for the positions, boosting their interview skills, and overcoming barriers to employment.”

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