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Building from the ground up
WorkSource Oregon helps Lowe's staff new store
Kevin Dudley
Kevin Dudley, Lowe's
The new Lowe’s facility in Bend, Oregon was under construction when Kevin Dudley, the store manager, arrived to start his recruitment processes in July 2004. As such, he turned to WorkSource Oregon and its partner, the Oregon Employment Department, for assistance. 
 
The customized employer service Kevin and Lowe’s received included:  assistance with regional wage information, listing employment opportunities, screening job seekers, and collecting resumes and applications.  Additionally, as his facility was still being built, WorkSource Oregon provided him office space, free of charge for a continuous eight – week period where he could house business information and conduct initial screening interviews.  This alone saved Lowe’s the cost associated in renting a hotel room.  Moreover, he received a direct line to conduct telephone interviews and business related activities, had fax and copy machine availability, and received/sent mail.
 
“It helps us a lot because with them doing the pre-screening it eliminated a lot of phone calls that we would have had to make because they were making them for us - saved us a lot of time and effort.”
 
 In addition, WorkSource Oregon contacted Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, a WorkSource Oregon partner, and coordinated space to meets Lowe’s multiple new employee orientation and management meetings, again free of charge.  All of this assistance helped Lowe’s hire 93 of their approximate 150 employees. 
 
The positions Lowe’s hired for included:  human resources, administrative, operations, zone, and department managers; sales specialists for commercial, outdoor and nursery departments; customer service associates for the cashiering and return desk areas; and delivery drivers.
 
Kevin is very pleased.
 
“I would recommend it highly. They were a great help to us, great communication – almost daily communication, calling us, updating us. Great resource.”
 
 
 

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