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Bechtel's Forward Thinking Means No Hiring Rush before Vit Restart

RICHLAND, Wash.- Full construction means hundreds more high paying jobs at the Vit Plant.

Those jobs are going to be there, but Bechtel reps tell KNDU you won't see a mad hiring rush over the next few weeks.

They actually began hiring months ago.

So if the decision came down like this, they'd be ready.

When they shut operations down in 2005, 1,900 people lost their jobs.

This year alone, Bechtel has added about 700 jobs back.

They have another 150 openings on their website right now.

Those are high paying jobs that should pump more into an already healthy economy.

"A lot of money generated in the economy and that money turns over and so, you know, particularly in the retail operations and food and beverage and the service businesses in the community i think benefit tremendously," said Carl Adrian, President of TRIDEC.

Another important thing here is the long term impact of construction.

Unlike most construction projects, this is long term.

The plant won't be done for more than a decade, that means another decade of high-paying, steady jobs.

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