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Hernando plant closure costs hundreds of jobs

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - The Kawneer aluminum manufacturing facility, the largest employer in Hernando, will close this June, according to company officials.

The closure will eliminate nearly 250 jobs.

"It's hard to express my feelings on this," Hernando Mayor Chop Johnson said Wednesday. "We have 250 people in our community who are gonna be without jobs."

Company spokesman Michael Cooper said it was a very difficult decision based on very tough economic times.

"Obviously, the deterioration of the economy and low orders just says there's too much capacity and a need to collapse the business," Cooper said.

The company produces aluminum products for building entrances.  Along with the loss of 250 jobs is an annual payroll of over $12 million dollars.

Hernando resident James Campbell says events like this have a ripple effect on small cities like Hernando.

"It hurts a small town a lot worse than it does a big city. The convenience stores, small town grocery stores - everybody depends on it," he said.

Johnson said his city will get through this difficult moment.

"What I want to encourage people to do - if you live in this community, remember we are all a family and we all need to work together to help these people," Johnson said.

Johnson added he would work to bring together various governmental agencies to provide services such as job placement, and other available resources to those individuals who need them.

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