The county needs to keep its workforce: That's the message from Graves County leaders one day after Remington Outdoor Company announced it will close its Mayfield plant and consolidate to its Huntsville location in Alabama.
County leaders say the plant's closing will end up costing the county.
Sitting on Highway 45, the Dinner Bell has seen other industries close along this road. But employee Chelsie Rodgers says her thoughts are with the workers and the business they bring in. “We've grown close to the people that come from there," she says.
Judge Executive Jesse Perry says keeping those workers in their Graves County homes is his priority. “Those families," he says. "That is what's on my mind right now.”
Perry says the closure came as a shock to him, but that's why he says he's taking the initiative to lay out other job opportunities for Remington workers immediately.
“I'm not interested in waiting a couple of weeks or months to go someone else's time frame to set up meetings and regroup," Perry says.
With more than 200 Remington employees, that means $40,000 less for Graves County in payroll taxes alone.
Perry says regardless, Remington’s closure is going to hurt.
The judge executive said he had a meeting with the plant manager a few months ago. He says the plant manager gave no indication the plant was going to close.
State and regional employment work grounds like the workforce board will help as well. But Perry said he wanted to do everything he could to help those workers feel more stable in their jobs.
This is the flyer from the Graves County Judge Executive’s office:
All Remington Employees
WHAT: Information Meeting Concerning Remington Closure Being
Hosted by Graves Co. Fiscal Court and Other Agencies
WHEN: Tuesday May 10th 3:30pm
Wednesday May 11th 12:00pm
WHERE: West Ky. Rural Electric in the Community Room
(1218 West Broadway, Mayfield)
100 Television Lane
Paducah, KY 42003