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Whitley Products Notifies Mayor of Closure

February 19, 2013

  02/20/13 Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter was notified Tuesday afternoon of the impending closure of Whitley Products.

As required by the Federal WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act, Whitley notified the mayor of their intentions to permanently cease its operations at its facility located at 1403 Stanley Drive and 1100 Flora Street in Plymouth.

The notification states, “Whitley currently expects that the facility will close sometime during the fourteen day period beginning on April 22, 2013 and ending on May 6, 2013, during which time all employees will be terminated.  No labor organization represents the employees of Whitley.”

Between the two plants a total of 86 will be terminated.

3 Responses to “ Whitley Products Notifies Mayor of Closure ”

  1. plymouthmomof3 on February 23, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Oh…and I hope that The Night and Day Cafe can show a little respect and not call the police because there are too many cars in the parking lot they share with Work One. Although when they were told by the police there was nothing they could do because it was a privately owned parking lot they decided to go tell the employees to come in for lunch when they are done???!!!

  2. plymouthmomof3 on February 23, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Whether it is expected or not it’s heartbreaking to those that have been with Whitley for years. It was very unexpected to everyone including management when it happened the first time. Some did find other employment or decided not to come back when the doors were reopened, but there are those that feel like they are going to stick it out and complete their jobs to their fullest ability because it’s more then a job to them. There are husbands and wives that work there together having to start over and hoping that they will be able to get benefits or find something quickly when there are 80 other people looking for work. Not to mention the poor state the economy is to begin with. Work One and the mayor’s office have been very helpful and I hope that if it comes down to closing the doors for good that the community will again reach out. I pray that a miracle will happen and a buyer will come in and save the day. As the media reported, they are the second leading manufacturer of their kind and it has a profitable history. I would assume that if it is purchased it will need a lot of work to get it back to that state and will have to rebuild its reputation with the community and the customers that have been on this rollercoaster along with the employees. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted and my heart breaks for my Mom who has built a career with Whitley after over 16 years. I also pray for all the Whitley family in South Carolina and the Office Staff in Warsaw. :(

  3. AnnF on February 20, 2013 at 12:25 am

    This shouldn’t have been unexpected. I hope the employees took full advantages that Work One offered them after the first dismissal.