First round of Remington employees laid off

Remington arms laid off its first round of employees on Friday. The company announced they would close the Graves County plant in May. We still don’t know the last day the plant will be open,  but roughly 200 employees will be laid off.

Employees say it’s an emotional day, but one they wanted to spend together. The last day for the majority of Remington arms employees sounded more like a party. Employee Lonnie Buckingham knows this past week hasn’t been filled with all positives. He says, “Although it says the last day July 29th it kind of brought everyone together.”

Buckingham says he’s worked here for five years, and while he still hasn’t received his date yet he says it hurts to know many of his friends who act more like family will leave today.

He says, “This is a great thing they’ve allowed us to do.”

Leaders at the West Kentucky Workforce Board say they hope to show displaced Remington workers there are options and opportunities.

Troy Courtney with the West Kentucky Workforce Board says they can help the workers find work,  or go back to school but they have to come to the meetings next week.

He says, “We want those employees to get as much information as possible so it will help them through their decision process of what their next step should be.”

For a day celebrating their time working together, Buckingham says it’s still bittersweet. He says, “It hit home just how much this is home to a lot of people.”

Courtney told me the workforce board has worked closely with the Graves County Judge Executive and economic development leaders.

We still have not heard from Remington when the plant’s last day will be or how many people were laid off today.

The rapid response meetings will be Tuesday, August 2nd and Wednesday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day.

There will also be a job fair August 9th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Trace Creek Family Life Center located at 3577 State Route 131 in Mayfield.

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