Perdue Plant Closing

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

There are 365 workers being laid off. There are only 11,000 people in all of Grant County, so this is a pretty big chunk. And it may affect the whole community.

"It's a shame we need more jobs, not less," John Beard says.

That's the sentiment around the community, they're losing the largest private employer in the county.

"Anytime an individual loses a job whether it's one person or hundreds of people it effects the economy," Jane Kite Keeling says.

"They'll probably have to go to Moorefield to get jobs and Petersburg doesn't have a lot of employment anyway," Rankin says.

Local businesses may be the first to feel the effects, Gino's Pizza is right next to the plant.

"We deliver food twice a day at lunchtime and we won't have that business anymore," Trish Goldizen says.

The average wage at the Purdue plant was more than 8 dollars an hour...a big loss to a family.

"It's a sad day, a terribly sad day. Not only are they losing a pay check but they're also losing health benefits," Keeling says.

County officials and Governor Wise are tried to stop the closing, but were unsuccessful.

"We are still actively pursuing some things hopefully down the road we will have something for these people," Keeling says.

Grant County does still have some things going for them. The hospital, wood processing and plastics plants continue to be big employers.

The state's economic developer says they're pursuing other options for the plant so there will be as little down time as possible.

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