Job Search Begins

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

They've been laid off, but they haven't given up on finding more work.

But some say more opportunities are available for some former Perry County employees.

Michael Hoskins and his friends clocked out of work at Trus Joist on Monday for the last time, now Hoskins says he wants to find a new job before his severance pay is over so he can continue supporting his family.

"Maybe I'm back full force at another job and insurance kick in and I won't be without insurance and stuff," Hoskins said.

Representatives from the parent company Weyerhaeuser came to Trus Joist to explain the severance benefits to the laid off employees Monday morning.

"We're going to continue to pay them for 60 days and then they'll be a severance package after that which is based on years of service," Montgomery Simpson said.

Montgomery Simpson says they are sad to have to let hard-workers go but the declining housing market has directly affected lumber companies.

Now those hard workers are trying to find a new employer.

"Into the timber industry and what I call manufacturing they seem to trend to go into something else," Jack Duff said.

For Michael Hoskins and the other Trus Joist employees, they say the hardest part will be not seeing their long time friends every day at work.

Michael Hoskins says he is also looking into going back to school.

Coming up on Nightwatch we'll tell you about a financial aid program for people like Michael that have been laid off due to no fault of their own and now want to go back to school.

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