PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Friday 41-employees at Nidec in Paragould put in their last day on the job. Now, they are out of work. And while many knew the cuts were coming, they say it doesn't make things any easier.
"It just felt like it blew you out of the water. Until it really happens and they actually give you a day, it's no other feeling," said Tina Easley, who worked at Nidec in Paragould for almost 22 years. "It feels wasted. It feels like you've lost half of your life," said Easley.
Last Tuesday, plant officials informed the 41 workers in the Winding and Final Assembly Department that their employment with Nidec would come to an end December 9th.
In a statement from company spokesperson Mark Polzin. "These changes are based on the impact the current economy has had on demand for our products, and our ongoing review of operations to keep our company competitive. They are no reflection on the employees affected, who have served the company well."
We talked with a few of the employees effected by the layoffs, they say the last day was tough. "For me it was miserable. I mean, you work elbow to elbow with these people. They are like family," say Easley.
"Walking down the long hallway you walk down everyday and you see people that you've worked with for years and you see them crying when you go to hug them and tell them goodbye," said former employee Rhonda Clinton.
But a job isn't the only thing the workers are saying goodbye to. "My insurance it will be over tonight at midnight," said Easley.
"I'm going to be without any. My husband's disabled. He'll carry Medicare, but he's disabled with arthritis and need extra medical attention that Medicare isn't going to pay," said Clinton.
And what makes things worse, the cuts come two weeks before Christmas. "There were a lot of them that worked with us that have small kids at home. And the Friday before the layoff was Black Friday. They probably went out and spent their last dime. That's what was bad. A lot of them probably wouldn't have done that," Easley.
Easley says, for her, the next step is to file for unemployment and hopefully go back to school.