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R.J. Corman to accept job applications Saturday in Lexington

Interested in a job that pays $25 to $35 an hour? Applications for railroad construction workers will be taken at a Saturday job fair in Lexington.

R.J. Corman Railroad Group will conduct the job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Lexington Yard, 133 Buchanan Street, off West Main Street and across from Lexington Cemetery. Each applicant is asked to bring a driver's license and Social Security card.

Applications for jobs will be given to the first 500 unemployed people, according to a company release issued Wednesday.

The jobs will be created as part of a $17.5 million federal grant awarded last month to R.J. Corman Railroad Group.

Workers will make improvements to short line railroads that the Nicholasville-based company owns in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The company will take applications for railroad laborer, railroad equipment operator, a CDL truck driver, and bridge painter. Job training will be provided for some positions.

The jobs have a limited duration, depending on the length of the project. The jobs will be outdoors in all types of weather, but benefits are available after six months. Applicants must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory drug test and background check results.

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler will attend the event at 11 a.m.