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Olive Branch plant plans shutdown

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - At the Sherwin-Williams plant in Olive Branch employees make paint, water sealer and roof coatings.

"We're out there pounding the pavements every day to sell more paint and to weather this economic downturn," spokesperson Mike Conway said Friday.

But Conway says the recession has forced the closure of Sherwin Williams plant in Olive Branch.

"Our people are the best," he said. "It has nothing to do with them. It has everything to do with excess capacity with slowdown in the industry."

Of the 157 employees, 38 are eligible for retirement.  Conway says the company will do all it can to find new jobs for the remaining 119 who will get a severance package and be out of work by the end of this year. 

"But with that long notification there will be plenty of opportunity for folks to apply for other jobs within the Sherwin-Williams system," he said.

And, an out placement team will be on staff to help with resumes and job networking. 

"We'll be working with the state, county and local employment folks to help people make that transition and we've been very successful in the past," Conway said.

Employees, who couldn't talk on camera, said they saw the closure coming.

The cutbacks will not effect any of the Sherwin-Williams retail stores in the region or the manufacturing plant in Memphis.  In fact, according to Conway, that will create opportunities for Olive Branch workers to find jobs and stay with the company.

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