Community Rallies Around Wood-Mode Employees

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  Community members are rallying around workers of the Wood-Mode Plant after it was announced the plant will close.  Eyewitness News Reporter Morgan Parrish has our story.

  “If we can make just a small sacrifice and help out families, why wouldn’t you?” Said Rick Musselman, Superintendent/Midd-West School District

 The nearly 80-year old cabinetry manufacturer made the decision to wind down its operations after its prime lender was unwilling to provide normal funding.

  “I’m hurt. I have a lot of friends that still work there. My brother and his wife still work there and it is tough, I mean it’s big in the area,”  Noted Ron Pursley, Former Wood-Mode Employee

Many are expressing concerns whether the state’s “warn act” was violated because the company didn’t give a 60-day notice of its closure.

  “From what I understand from the law there are some exemptions or exceptions that can be taken so that you don’t have to give that 60-day notice, so anything beyond that I’ll leave up to an attorney or judge to make a ruling on that,” Stressed  Joe Kantz, Snyder County Commissioner

 Notice or not, Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz says he’d rather focus on helping those laid off find new work as quickly as possible.

  “People are just calling to offer their help. Maybe it’s companies that are looking for employees. We’ve had a lot of those calls already today. I can probably count at least 18 companies that have called or contacted me or my office today.” Said Kantz.

 State Assistance is also available for Wood-Mode workers. The Department of Labor and Industry’s Rapid Response team is deploying to provide those workers with information about access and services.  

“It’s important because that’s what we should do as people that .. We have our friends and neighbors that need help. That’s exactly what we’re here for as far as state government, to make sure there are resources to help the people that were displaced,” Added Representative Fred Keller,(R) Snyder County

 In the meantime, others are making sure the hard workers can keep some change in their pockets. Midd-West School District Superintendent Rick Musselman tells Eyewitness News the district approved Monday night to eliminate its proposed tax increase to help those dealing with the job losses.

  district “Our communities hurting and so, you know, our board felt can’t pass on more hurt to people and so that’s one of the reasons we decided we’re going to tighten up,” Said Musselman.

  “I’ll tell you what, that’s what’s nice about these United States. I don’t think it’s just here I think, it’s everywhere. We’re going to get together and help if we can. It has to hurt and to know that people care I think does help,”  Said Pursley.

More Information 

The Rapid Response Team will be at Weber Chapel at Susquehanna University on May 21 at 10 a.m.  514 University Avenue Selinsgrove.

Career Link will host a job fair on May 22 at the Selinsgrove VFW 940 U.S. 522 in Selinsgrove from 1 to 5 pm.  Career Link in Sunbury (225 Market Street) can be reached by calling 570-988, 7300


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