The 16th annual Franklin Region Career/Job EXPO took place at Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center Thursday. About 75 businesses, schools and hiring organizations set up for browsing visitors, from hair salons and plastic manufacturers to construction companies. Their representatives answered questions and recruited potential new employees. In addition, there was a computer application center at the expo, an addition as of three years ago for any one wishing to complete an online application.

According to Tim Smith, executive director of Franklin County Industrial Development Corp, about 750 people usually attend the expo, including Northwest Technical Center students, local adult learning groups, and newly arrived residents in need of a job.

“The quality has improved in the last few years,” he said yesterday. Smith added that participants were arriving to the expo prepared, dressed nicely, and with a professional attitude towards finding a job. “They take it seriously,” he said.