TAMPA, Fla. — More than 300 former Laser Spine Institute employees attended a job fair Thursday, looking for employment.
Last Friday, the company abruptly closed. They cited a lack of financing as the reason.
“Just to be told, all of a sudden, grab your stuff and go home and not come back — that’s pretty shocking for anybody,” Dr. Jason Hurley said.
Dr. Hurley was hired 6 months ago at LSI and never imagined he was going to be forced to look for a new job so soon.
Jennifer Fuller dedicated almost 14 years to Laser Spine Institute.
“We’re definitely a great group of people. Anybody who gets hired today, any company would be lucky to have them,” Fuller said.
Four former LSI employees, who were not impacted by the recent layoffs, set up the job fair Thursday to help their old colleagues. Josh Hall is one of those people.
“The turnout is good and we know the folks that are coming from LSI are the best and brightest. They’re so intelligent, hardworking. We think they’re going to come out okay,” Hall, of Sage & Sterling Communications, said.
More than 60 companies signed up for the career fair, hoping to hire new talent.
“To see the community coming out, all these businesses and former employees trying to help us out, it really says a lot,” Dr. Hurley said.
Women’s Care Florida is hosting a career fair Fri. March 8 for former LSI employees. It’s between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Go to the Women’s Health Center located at 5016 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Fl. They have more than 50 jobs available throughout the company.