Makerfest 2019
The Region's Largest Job Fair!
Top local employers in one location, looking to hire now in a variety of areas, and want to meet YOU! OhioMeansJobs-Allen County remote Job Center experts will be onsite to help you figure out what you need to do to get hired.

WHEN: Saturday, October 19th
TIME: 9AM-Noon
WHERE: **New Location - Allen County Fairgrounds**
WHO: Job Seekers - Open to the Public
NOTE: On Saturday, October 19th, from 9am-Noon RTA will have pick up points at the following locations for those wanting to come out to the Job Fair:
- Downtown Civic Center
- University of Northwestern Ohio Event Center Parking lot
- Rhodes State College and The Ohio State University at Lima Campus
- Allen County Fairgrounds



  • Advance Employment Services
  • AEDG
  • AEP Ohio
  • Allen County
  • Allen County Job & Family Services
  • Allen County Sanitary Engineer
  • Allen Oakwood Correctional
  • Alloway
  • Alvada – ACI Construction Company, Inc.
  • American Trim
  • American Trucking Associations
  • Apollo
  • Arby’s
  • Ashland
  • Bluffton University College
  • Bob Evans Farms
  • Bobcat of Lima
  • Boomerang Rubber, Inc.
  • BRP Manufacturing
  • Charles Construction Services, Inc.
  • City of Lima
  • Coleman Professional Services
  • Construction Trades
  • Crown
  • Dana
  • DeVry University
  • Diamond Manufacturing
  • DeSter
  • Ford
  • General Dynamics
  • GROB
  • Hancock Structural Steel
  • Husky Refinery
  • International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #41
  • Kewpee
  • KSM
  • Lakeview Farms
  • Lima Memorial Health System
  • Lima Pallet Company
  • Lima YMCA
  • Manpower
  • Mercy Health
  • Mid-American Cleaning Contractors
  • Miller Precision Mfg. Industries, Inc.
  • Modo Media
  • Nelson Packaging
  • Nickels Bakery
  • Nutrien
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • OhioMeansJobs Allen County
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio Women in Trades
  • People Ready Skilled Trades
  • Pepsi-Cola
  • Perry Pro Tech
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PRO TEC Coating Company
  • Quality, Welding and Fabrication, LLC
  • Radio Hospital
  • Randall Bearings
  • Rhodes State College
  • Rudolph Foods
  • Securitas
  • Service Master Clean
  • Spallinger Millwright
  • Sparta Electric
  • SpartanNash
  • Speedway
  • Spherion
  • SumiRiko Ohio, Inc. (SRK)
  • Staffmark
  • Superior Credit Union
  • Superior Forge & Steel
  • Swartz Contracting & Emergency Services
  • The Acres of Wapakoneta
  • The Lima News
  • The Ohio Greenhouse Co.
  • Toledo Mold & Die
  • Touchstone CPM/Tuttle
  • Tradesman International
  • Trilogy
  • Trinity Highway
  • Trisco Systems, Inc.
  • University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc.
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Plastics
  • Van Wert County Health
  • Whemco
  • Whirlpool
  • Wilson Football
  • Wright Consolidated
  • You can connect with top employers who specialize in your industry.
  • You’ll speak with employers who actually have openings.
  • You will receive valuable advice.
  • You will make important connections.

If you do decide to attend (and we certainly hope you do!) keep these important tips in mind:

  • Prepare as though you are going to an interview. You may actually have an interview at the fair, so you need to be prepared. Rehearse (but don’t over-rehearse) your key qualities and talking points. Call the Job Center to set up a mock interview at (419) 999-0360. If you have one, consider bringing your portfolio. Also, make sure you are dressed appropriately. Whatever interview clothes mean to you, wear them.
  • Research the event and company details ahead of time. Check out the list of employers below, but go a step further and learn about the organizations, too. That way you’ll have a game plan for what you’ll do and to whom you’ll talk. You’ll also seem knowledgeable about the organization itself, and, of course, you know how important it is to be prepared.
  • Bring your resume. In fact, bring many copies of your resume. You’ll be handing it out a lot. Call the Job Center to set up a mock interview at (419) 999-0360 to set up an appointment with a Job Coach to help you with that resume and print off copies!
  • Ask questions. Don’t let the employer do all the talking; go up introduce yourself, and ask questions about the organization. This shows initiative, a key trait in great employees. Plus, you may end up learn some important information.
  • Take notes. Bring a notepad, so you can write down email addresses, names, and open positions. It will be hard to remember everything, and writing it down will help jog your memory. Collect business cards as well, and make a note of whom the particular contact is and what you discussed.
  • Follow up with contacts. If you have an important conversation with a potential employer, make sure to follow up with a nice note or email thanking her for her time and advice. That will remind her who you are (she will probably be meeting a lot of people that day) and what you discussed. Even if you don’t end up working at the particular company or organization, she could be a valuable contact for the future.