Monday, September 21, 2015

Getting Ready for Work

Hillsboro Campground
203 6th St SW
Hillsboro, ND 58045
GPS: 47.399616, -97.072165

We are settled in at the Hillsboro Campground along with Herb and Pat Myers. They are directly across the street from us.

I suspect this was once a KOA Campground


The Hazletts – Site 23


The Myers – Site 28


Today, we spent a couple hours with the Express Employment Professionals representative at their campground "building" doing all the employment paperwork and watching safety videos.

Express Employment Campground location


From the outside, it looks like a jail. However, on the inside it is outfitted as a meeting room/training facility. I suspect in a former life it was a tool shed. It serves its current purpose quite well.

A little bit of background here. American Crystal Sugar Company (ACSC) is the primary employer in this adventure. They own and operate the facilities. Express Employment Professionals is a temporary help agency that recruits, hires, and processes all of the temporary help needed for the beet harvest. That's us.

Tomorrow we will report to the "yard" for four hours of "on–the–job–training". Then we will be off (no pay) until the harvest officially starts on Thursday, 01 Oct. Nothing like starting a job with eight days off. Although we won't be paid, our campsite is paid for.

Posts about the Sugar Beet Harvest


FIRST DAY IN NORTH DAKOTA
Hillsboro, North Dakota, we have arrived

GETTING READY FOR WORK
Some paperwork to get us started

ON THE JOB TRAINING
A trip to the Hillsboro factory for some OJT

TEN DAYS OF WORK
Notes and pictures on our ten days of work

THE CAMPAIGN
A quick summary of the annual campaign of sugar beet processing

THE SUGAR BEET
Bigger than a coconut, smaller than a football. Here is the story on the sugar beet

THE PILER
I was very impressed with the big machine we worked on. I thought you might like to learn more.

THE SUGAR BEET PILE
How big is a pile that contains 90,000 tons? Here are some pictures and figures

DOWN AND DIRTY: GIVING BACK THE TARE DIRT
Harvesting root crops produces dirt. How to handle and dispose of it is an interesting side story

A LOOK AT THE SUGAR INDUSTRY
A $20 billion industry with 142,000 jobs in 22 states. Take a look at the Sugar Beet Industry

AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR COMPANY
Get a closer look at the company providing this workamping opportunity.

EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS
If you are a workamper interested in short term hard work for big bucks, here’s the link