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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