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Giant Ferris wheel owner seeks Atlanta employees

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The company that owns the giant Ferris wheel that soon will tower over Centennial Olympic Park is hosting a job fair Wednesday.

Atlanta Partners, LLC is planning to hire 50 employees to operate the SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel. Another 30 or so employees are needed for concessions and photography. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the Beechnut Room of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

Among the positions SkyView Atlanta is seeking to fill are wheel operator, loader/unloader, ticket seller, greeter, porter, and wheel maintenance technician.

Both full-time and part-time jobs will be available, said company officials. Most of the jobs will pay between $9 and $13 per hour. Anyone interested in working for SkyView Atlanta is urged to fill-out an application in advance to expedite the interview process. Applications can be found online at

"We think there is going to be a lot of interest in working for this exciting attraction," said Atlanta Partners Co-CEO Al Mers. "We are excited about being part of the continued economic development of downtown Atlanta, both as an attraction and as an employer."

The 200-foot tall Ferris wheel will make its home in the southern end of Centennial Olympic Park, in what is now a public parking lot located next to The Tabernacle. It will be within walking distance from World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Phillips Arena, the Georgia Dome, and the Georgia World Congress Center.

Atlanta Partners also have announced ticket pricing plans for SkyView Atlanta. A "flight" on the SkyView wheel will cost $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for children under 12. Discount tickets also will be offered to seniors, members of the military, and groups of more than 20 riders.

Riders go around in 42 gondolas, each of which is climate controlled and contains 360-degrees of glass, allowing riders to see the entire city and surrounding areas.

There is a VIP gondola with all-leather seating, a TV monitor, and a champagne/wine bucket.

Though each gondola carries as many as six passengers, riders can take a flight with as few as two people per gondola.

Each flight takes between 12 and 15 minutes and includes four rotations around the wheel.

The wheel is illuminated by LED lights that can be programmed to show thousands of different colors. At its base is 36,000 watt lighting system that can bathe the wheel in a light show which will be seen throughout Centennial Olympic Park and much of downtown.

The Ferris wheel was in Pensacola, FL, prior to Atlanta City Council's vote to allow it to be placed in downtown Atlanta. No taxpayer money will be used to fund the Ferris wheel's operation or relocation to Atlanta, company officials said.

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