Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Tue, January 17 2012 at 3:28 PM, Updated: Tue, January 17 2012 at 3:37 PM
R.J. Roberts, the regional HR Manager for Boise Cascade said the company is bringing back nine workers who were previously laid off. But those aren't the only people getting back to work.
In addition to bringing back laid off employees, Boise Cascade is also hiring 40 new workers.
According to Roberts, the reason behind the hiring is related to the company's recent market expansion.
"Housing starts aren't up but we are catching some marketshare with some new customers in Canada and the United States [...] So it's all hands on deck," said Roberts.
Roberts says the nine previously laid off employees are already back to work.
As for the 40 open positions, he says the company received about 700 applications.
Right now about 150 people are currently interviewing -- trying to snag one of the 40 new employee openings.
Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.
Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.