Harlan County Furniture Company Closes Its Doors

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

80 people are out of a job after a Harlan County furniture company closes its doors.

“Just like it was as if we were coming back to work Monday," says Orville Clem, T.L. Bayne Manager.

Clem says it was weird walking into an empty factory Monday. He says the company is closing because of tough economic times and the poor health of owner Ted Bayne. Leaving Clem out of a job he loves.

“You know I’ve been here 14 years this October. The Lord's blessed us to be here 14 years,” says Clem.

But Clem isn't the only one facing unemployment.

“We have right at 80 employees. They going to. This was their life, so I’m sure it is going to change their life considerably. You know I feel for them more than I feel for myself,” says Clem.

He says workers got a letter in the mail this past week from owner Ted Bayne saying not to show up to work Monday. One employee we spoke with Monday did not want to go on camera. She says she was surprised.

“Very shocked. After receiving the letter in the mail my heart broke for more people,” she says.

Something Clem says breaks his heart, too.

“I feel for them a lot more than I feel for myself. I really do,” says Clem.

The unemployment office in Harlan says they've been swamped with former T.L. Bayne employees who don't know what they're going to do now.

Managers will the company tell us employees are coming in all week to pick up their personal belongings.

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