MidAmerican Energy Co. has announced plans to hire nearly 75 new customer service associates for its Davenport call center this year, beginning with a job fair Thursday.

The utility company expects to hire up to 24 positions in February, May and September. MidAmerican said the number of jobs will depend on the openings that occur throughout the year.

The staffing agency Manpower will hold a job fair for the first training class of 24 from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at its Moline office, 1513 River Drive.

The positions are full-time, temp-to-hire jobs. Applicants are hired by Manpower and enter into MidAmerican Energy’s 14-week training program. Upon successful completion of the program, individuals are hired as full-time MidAmerican employees.

The new customer service positions are a result of retirements and internal advancements.

"We believe in creating careers, not just jobs," said Regan Kunzman, MidAmerican's director, call center operations. "Our ongoing training ensures that our customer service associates have the skills they need to meet our customers’ needs today as well as create talented employees who can grow with the company."

Starting pay for the position is $12 per hour with an increase to more than $15 per hour plus benefits if hired as a full-time employee.

Job-seekers with customer service experience are encouraged to attend Manpower’s job fair or apply at Manpower.com, call 309-762-8857 or email Moline.il@manpower.com.

Kunzman said the company is looking for individuals eager to learn new skills and those who like to help people and the community.