PGDP laid-off workers remain positive despite loss of jobs


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Randall Barnes
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - Angie Allison's two and a half years at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant are summed up in two sentences.

"We regret to inform you that you will be laid off from that classification effective August 16, 2013. We would like to thank you for your service to the plant and wish you the best in your future endeavors," Allison said, reading from her laid-off letter.

Despite rumors of a possible closure earlier this year, Allison said there was hope among her co-workers a deal would be reached to keep it open. "The end of March, everybody thought that this extension would go through. Then last minute, the DOE pulled the cord on it," Allison said.

Even though Allison's days in the enrichment building are over, her role as a single mother is just beginning. She has five children at home.

"I honestly think this is going to be a blessing for our family," she said with a smile.

Allison wants to go back to school, which will allow her more time at home. She considers her departure bittersweet because on Wednesday, she received a performance reward.

"Just because I get laid off it's not the end of the world. Everything happens for a reason," Allison said.