More Layoffs At Truseal Technologies

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The bad economic news seems to keep coming.

Just about everyday we are hearing about more jobs lost, and more businesses closing.

One eastern Kentucky county is getting hit especially hard as of late.

We are seeing signs of the economic slowdown everywhere right now.

But in the past six months, Knox County has lost two car dealerships, and dozens of jobs at a major manufacturer.

The economy has not been kind to Knox County.

Now, for at least the third time in six months, more layoffs at Truseal Technologies in Barbourville.

The manufacturer of window and door sealants is laying off 25 workers. It's a blow to each of the families of those employees, and the affect is far reaching.

“As this continues, it's going to be hard for people to pay property taxes, that generates revenue for the county,” Knox County Judge Executive J.M. Hall said.

As county funds dwindle, so could county workers' jobs.

“Our road department is down five employees, we can't replace. We're just trying to hold the positions we can, but it really takes a bite out of our budget,” Hall said.

As the housing market declines, so does demand for production at Truseal Technologies.

That's leaving those employees without a paycheck, and the county scrambling to maintain services to people.

“All counties are going to have a tough time this year. Financially, it's going to be one of the worst years we've seen in a long time,” Hall said.

Truseal still employs one hundred and forty full-time workers. Officials say if demand picks back up, they could eventually rehire those laid off.

In Harlan County, officials at the South East Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries say the economy forced them to lay of eight workers there.

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  • by John on Jan 26, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    68,000 workers today alone-thanks Bush what a good bye gift to the nation.
  • by John Location: Paintsville on Jan 26, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    It was just announced that more than more than 50,000 jobs were lost today, again thanks Bush.
  • by MAC Location: KY> on Jan 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    McConnel Needs Out Bunning Needs Out After The Way They Done The AUTO IND.How Many People Went To Detroit Worked Came Back And Spent The Money In KENTUCKY We Are One Household Sure The're Are More I'm Proud To Be From KY.But I'm ASHAMED Of Are Sentors McConnel & Bunning Vote 'em Out
  • by Karen on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    Bush and his cronies,what have they created with all this unemployment?
  • by Jim Location: Paintsville on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Home Depot is laying off 7000 workers today, I guess I'm next.
  • by Jessica on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Sprint, the company I work for is laying off 8000 employees today, and some of you think Bush did a good job, please put yourself in my shoes and you will see things a little different.
  • by Frank Location: Hazard on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    Caterpillar just today announced a layoff of 20.000 workers, thanks a lot Bush& McConnell, your policies are a complete failure.
  • by Kim on Jan 26, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    It will take Obama and the democrats several years to clean up the Bush failures just like it did Clinton, but have hope not soreness like my republicans friends.
  • by Sharon Location: Frankfort on Jan 26, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    A world of illusion surrounds you Steve.
  • by Jodie Location: Pike on Jan 26, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Steve, you appear to be an idiot!
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