Franklin Factory Problems
Updated: Monday, February 25 2013, 09:16 PM EST
More than one hundred workers at an embattled Macon County factory are warned they may lose their jobs.
The Whitley plant in Franklin is telling its employees to be ready for a permanent closure. The metal tubing plant closed for a week in late January due to financial difficulties, but then found enough funding to reopen, at least until a buyer can be found. If that doesn't happen, they'll lose their jobs permanently sometime between April 22nd and May 6th.
That has many workers heading to the unemployment office. The manager there says there's still some hope. Dale West says, “I think they're still talking to some individuals that perhaps might purchase the plant which, that's our hope, that those folks will continue to be working.”
Plant Manager Raymond Page says a deal with a buyer is pending, but he says it's possible it won't finalize. He adds he's cautiously optimistic good news may be around the corner.
By Rex Hodge