Job Fair Targets Vera Bradley Workers

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Sixteen companies and organizations are set to take part in a job fair this week for Vera Bradley Inc. (Nasdaq: VRA) employees facing layoffs. The handbag and accessory maker helped organize the event, which is for workers who will be affected by next month's closure of a New Haven factory.

April 10, 2015

News Release

New Haven, Ind. -- Sixteen companies and organizations have signed up to participate in a job fair for 220 Vera Bradley workers facing layoff in the wake of the company’s decision to close its New Haven factory.

The job fair, scheduled for April 15 and 16 in New Haven, was arranged by Vera Bradley and WorkOne Northeast. It follows a half-day of WorkOne sessions to provide the workers with job interview guidance and information on other services available at WorkOne Northeast and United Way’s 211.

"We are extremely appreciative and grateful to all of the companies stepping up to help our associates by participating in next week’s job fair," said Julie North, vice president of human resources at Vera Bradley. "Finding employment for all of those affected by our facility closing is our top priority. We have an amazing group of talented and hard-working associates, and other area companies will be very lucky to hire them."

The companies and organizations scheduled to participate in the job fair are: Arden Companies; Cintas Corp.; Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana; Excellon Technologies Inc.; Genova Products; Group Delphi; Lippert Components Inc.; Lowes; Miller Poultry; Outerwears Inc.; Pretzels Inc.; Signature Seating; Smith Brothers of Berne; Taylor Made Systems; TLS by Design; and Transformations by Wieland.

Combined, the companies and organizations have more than 200 job openings, most of them full-time.

About Northeast Indiana Works: Northeast Indiana Works, the region’s workforce investment board, provides public and private financial and employment resources to businesses and individuals for education and skills training to meet the needs of regional industries. The nonprofit sets policy for how public and private funds are utilized to support talent development. It also operates and staffs the 11 county-based WorkOne Northeast career centers in the region. Individuals and companies may access resources and services by visiting or calling WorkOne in their county. To find your local WorkOne, log on to

Source: Northeast Indiana Works