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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  • by Henry Black Location: Creampuff Hollow on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:51 PM
    the numbers at the Dept. of Labor are off line due to layoffs within the Dept. itself
  • by sam Location: hazard on Jul 8, 2008 at 10:24 AM
    A republican economy and its plan have destroyed the American dream and it will get worse if you right wingers vote McBush in.
  • by Reader Location: Pineville on Jul 7, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    It is so sad that good hard working people are losing their jobs. It is in the news everywhere. I don't know what America people are going to do. The soaring gas prices and plant closings it is really a sad and hard times. The Dept. of Labor assist with jobs and training programs for mass layoff and plant closings. The number to call to learn more is 1-866-487-2365 or 1-866-487-9243. try it.
  • by Tom Location: Harlan on Jul 7, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    I was one of those employees and we all had to pay into kreda which is 3% of our earnings as an incentive to the company for those jobs. With over 50 employees why were we not given or payed a 60 day notice as required by law if I've got it right. And not to mention the IDA involvement alone with state funds Ted bayne received that he don't seem to have to have any responsablity for. Just another free give away to an outsider to come in and just take the money and run.

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