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The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rantoul Economic Development Corporation and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, is hosting a job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Precision Hangar in Rantoul.

The purpose of the job fair is to help the more than 500 employees who will be displaced when Collins & Aikman closes.

Chamber member businesses that are interested in interviewing the Collins & Aikman employees are urged to participate. There is no fee. To secure a booth at this event, please contact Joe Bolser, executive director of the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce at 217-893-3323 or

The types of jobs being eliminated include shipping and receiving, supervisors, materials, human resources, secretaries, payroll safety, assembly line workers, fork lift drivers, quality auditors, maintenance, engineers and inventory clerks .

The plant is expected to close by Aug. 31.