Geneva Steel may be the bad guy when it comes to the county's air pollution problem, but it appears that a number of residents like the steel plant enough to apply for jobs.

A recent announcement of 60 entry-level heavy labor jobs, paying about $8 an hour, produced long lines and traffic jams Wednesday at the Orem plant when company officials began handing out applications at 8 a.m.The plant's human resources office had given out about 1,000 job applications by 10:15 a.m. and 2,400 by the end of the day.

Kathy Bryson, Geneva Steel public affairs spokeswoman, said, "We were just thrilled to see this large of a group. We wish we could hire all of them."

She said 14 people actually slept on the grounds waiting for the office to open Wednesday. Many job seekers were Utah County residents, but she said some came from as far away as Roosevelt and Price.

Geneva is hiring the additional workers to help with increased orders. The plant presently employs 2,400 people and has hired 1,500 new employees since Oct. 1987.