NEW BERLIN, UNION COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – It’s been two weeks since the largest employer in Snyder County closed its doors..leaving former workers to wonder what they are going to do next.
Since then, there has been nothing but continuous support throughout the area.
For many former Wood-Mode employees, May 13th will be a day they will never forget..
“It’s been difficult a lot of mixed emotions going on,” said Former Wood-Mode Employee, Heather Ulrich.
The largest manufacturing company in Snyder County shut down its operation, effective immediately..leaving nearly one thousand workers without a job.
“You know a lot of us have been at Wood-Mode for a long time,” said Former Wood-Mode employee, Eugene Tittle.
Now, thanks to some helpful organizations..those who were let go are getting more help than they could ask for.
Susquehanna University partnered with PA Career Link to offer free assistance.
People seeking new jobs have been able to gt counseling services, practice mock interviews and receive help writing a resume.
Members with Career Link are also helping people enroll on the career link website. All you have to do is log in, create a profile and then upload your resume..and then the job search begins!
“It’s so important because many of these people weren’t expecting it so they had no idea what is our next step what do we do after this. Many of them were thinking they were going to retire from Wood-Mode and that isn’t the case now,” said Executive Director with Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation, Erica Mulberger.
“Having gone through this scenario, I think it’s great we can have resources to go to get help and improve our chances of another job,” said Tittle.
Eugene Tittle worked at Wood-Mode for nearly 40 yeas.
“Well I would love to stay in the same field but it depends on what opportunities come up,” said Tittle.
“There’s a really good chance they’ll find a new opportunity in the very near future or with just a little bit of training,” said Mulberger.
Others want to broaden their horizons.
“I’m actually traveling down different avenues trying to figure out what I want to do,” sad Ulrich.
While embarking on the new journey can be scary..these community members have emotional support along the way.
“Our expectation is that people will be dealing with feelings of grief and loss and we’re hoping to give them a space to talk through those if they need to,” said Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton, Dean of Health and Wellness at Susquehanna University.
Two more career fairs will be held at the SUN Area Technical Institute this Thursday and Friday.
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