KREAMER, SNYDER COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – The laargest manufacturing operation in Snyder County announced this afternoon it is closing its plant.
Now, thousands of people are out of work.
“We knew something was up today for the simple fact our second in command for the first time in 21 years I saw him there at 6am that’s usually not a good sighting,” said Randy Yerger, Now Former Employee of Wood-Mode.
That’s the shared mood for those across Snyder County.
“You never expect anything like this to happen and what do you do next and where do you go?” said Pastor Vickie Brown of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Kreamer.
Early Monday afternoon, Wood-Mode, a custom cabinetry manufacturer announced its closing, effective immediately.
Employees were told not to return to work on Tuesday.
“I just talked to a person that has 38 years in and they said a lot of people were crying and really upset that they didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Former Wood-Mode Employee, Charles Himmelwright.
Some say they aren’t surprised the plant closed its doors..but they’re more in shock of the suddenness.
“I don’t think it’s nothing that anybody would tenure really expect wasn’t going to happen we just didn’t expect it to happen the way it did. The lat seven, eight months morale was low at best,” said Yerger.
Randy Yerger was an employee for 21 years, working in an area they called “The special box parts”.
He tells Eyewitness News he’s remaining hopeful.
“You never know we might be back to work someday,” said Yerger.
In the meantime..others in the community are offering support.
“I wanted to be here as a resource to the community so we can pray together and stay together during this time,” said Pastor Brown.
Sherif John Zechman posted on the Snyder County’s Sherriff’s Facebook page saying, “We must stand united or divided we will fall. I shouldn’t need to mention this, but please limit any and all comments to positive words of encouragement, negativity will NOT be tolerated.”
“I hope they get back together and go back to how it was because too many people are going to lose their jobs and there’s not much of a job area around here to begin with,” said Himmelwright.
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