OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Winchester Ammunition has plenty of applicants for the 200-250 jobs it hopes to fill by the end of the year for its Oxford, Miss. operation.

The company is transferring its Centerfire operations from East Alton, Ill., over the next five years and will employ some 800 workers.

Valerie Peters, Winchester's director of operations, said about 1,400 people showed up for the job fair this week.

Winchester is building a 500,000-square-foot plant for its Centerfire operations, which makes rifle and pistol ammunition for commercial, military and law enforcement use.

Winchester is seeking to fill a variety of positions, including machine adjusters, packer operators, utility operators, quality assurance technicians, maintenance specialists and general machinists.

Additionally, the company is recruiting engineers.

Peters said 200 to 250 people from the job fair will be hired and put to work before the end of the year.

"They will do training and work in the existing facility, and then when the new building is complete, they will move over there," she said.

The company is no stranger to Oxford. Its parent company, Olin Corp., moved its Winchester Rimfire operations here in 2003 and its military packaging operations shortly afterward.

Combined, the two operations employ about 350 workers.