LIVERPOOL, PERRY COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A modular home manufacturer has left hundreds of people in three counties without jobs after filing for bankruptcy late last week.
‘Excel Homes’ near Selinsgrove started laying off nearly 300 of its employees a month ago – and then just this week laid off the rest. Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler takes a look what next for employees.
Locks secure a gate outside ‘excel homes’, preventing anybody from getting in, including some 280 employees.
“That’s it, were bankrupt, we’re done, then it hit home, then it hurts a lot worst.” Said Holli Fawver, Former employee
Holli Fawver started working at the modular home manufacturer 14-years ago as an engineering clerk.
Since her work place went under, she and several other former employees applied to ‘Apex Homes of PA’ in Middleburg.
A similar company willing to give them a foundation to start over.
“It’s encouraging and disappointing at the same time, seeing a competitor go out of business, , but it also helps to, uh, to build up our workforce as we continue to grow.” Said Lynn Kuhns, president of Apex Homes of PA
Growth, Holli says, ‘excel’ lost around February of this year.
“We’ve interviewed and hired several people that came from there and we’re looking to interview and hiring additional employees.”Said Kuhns
In the meantime, Holli stays optimistic she will find a new job in the same field.
“Well because it’s the same type of outfit, you know, it is what we know. I can’t be without work!