Hundreds Of Jobs Are Coming To Eastern Kentucky County

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Hundreds of jobs are heading to one eastern Kentucky county.

It is not something we hear often these days, a company hiring hundreds of workers.

That is exactly what a Middlesboro company is doing as part of a major expansion.

The Smithfield Packing Company is closing six plants across the country, but it is expanding production at Cumberland Gap Provision in Middlesboro, which will open up hundreds of local job opportunities.

This news could not have come at a better time.

“I deal with people everyday begging for jobs, they will do anything to work,” Lucas Carter said.

Michael Van Bever has a construction job, but says work is hit and miss.

“I called him yesterday, and he still has no timeframe as to when we're going to get back to work, so I've got to get some kind of work, because I can't live off of hopes and dreams,” Van Bever said.

So Van Bever was happy to hear that Cumberland Gap Provision is adding 250 news jobs in Middlesboro, as part of a seven million dollar expansion.

The local unemployment office began taking applications Monday.

“That shows a lot of pride in these workers, they're doing a good job, the plant is profitable, and they're excited to stay here to make this plant keep growing,” Carter said.

Lucas Carter works in the local employment office, and is a Middlesboro Councilman. He says this is a good sign for other area businesses too.

“They buy a lot of supplies here. Without them, these places would suffer from business loss,” Carter said.

But now other area businesses, and hundreds of people, can look forward to a big shot in the arm, thanks to this welcomed economic news.

Some of the jobs will be transfers from those other Smithfield plants that are closing, but most workers will be hired locally.

The Middlesboro employment office is now taking applications.

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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Mar 4, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    tired of somerset, I did not say anything negative about this. All I did is point out that whenever something 'good' happens economically then Obama and folks like you will lay claim to it as part of the stimu-less success. But, I wonder what those folks losing their jobs at those other plants think of the stimu-less....but, of course The Lard Obama will blame that on Bush.
  • by William Location: seky on Mar 4, 2009 at 03:53 AM
    SHUT Up! Henry you kill joy, would you take away a ball of dung from a dung betel? And then send it in the wrong direction? They are a lot of very sexy looking strong willed drug free men and women in seky that will work Not everyone here is On drugs!!!! so if its just a dung ball and a betel let it roll and keep your pie hole shut,...But I do like your name Henry very nice name by the way...Look at the nice looking young man in the video news report he speaks so well in case you dont know it 20/20 and Shawn Grimm has made Hicks Hot all over the UsA I want to see a HOT HICK on the cover of GQ ok.
  • by j j Location: ky on Mar 4, 2009 at 03:36 AM
    zatoichi one thing for sure bush did not bring no jobs to ky,or no where els for that matter.
  • by Mal Location: Virgie on Mar 4, 2009 at 02:58 AM
    Nice to see so many happy thoughts about hundreds of new jobs.
  • by P. J. Bartley Location: East Point, KY on Mar 3, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    Hey Henry, So what do you do for a living? Do you do anything besides ridicule other people? Do you like using that computer? Well, the electricity that allows you to use that computer was produced from COAL. Do you, by any chance, know where a lot of that coal comes from? Huh? EASTERN KENTUCKY!!! WE REDNECKS HELP KEEP YOUR SORRY HIND END WARM, SEND ELECTRICITY TO YOUR HOME FOR YOUR COMPUTER, ETC., ETC. So think before you start typing ignorant statements with that keyboard of yours!!
  • by P. J. Bartley Location: East Point, KY on Mar 3, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    Before there are more people out of work, I'M MAKING A CALL FOR ACTION. It is time that everyone who believes in the coal industry TAKES A STAND against the Obama administration and the Congress who is pushing bills through that will put more coal miners out of work! The "cap and trade" legislation is just the beginning of THE END OF THE COAL INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES. I urge everyone who believes in the coal industry and all of the hard-working men and women who work in that industry to contact your Representatives and Senators in Congress and tell them that if they want to keep their jobs, to LET US KEEP OUR COAL INDUSTRY. The people like Al Gore who push the Global Warming theory are just using scare tactics that are causing people to suffer. Please contact your Representatives and Senators. Also check out the following websites:
  • by Lil on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    Henry, you sound like such an angry idiot! Your momma must not have spanked you enough as a child. Do yourself a favor and get some anger management classes.
  • by nunya Location: richmond on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:22 PM
    I totally agree with the drug test comment!
  • by Dave Location: Hazard on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    To Henry from Lexington: No need to call anyone names etc. Mountain people are just like anybody else and were created by the same God that created you!! Don't judge others lest you be judged yourself!! God Bless
  • by Jethro Location: Arjay on Mar 3, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    None of our local politicians gonna take credit for all this? If you go across the Bridge to Nowhere, circle back around, down 119 to 25E, then pull up to the front door you can get a job. See how all those taxpayer millions for that bridge finally paid off?
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