Another Orleans Co. facility to close, 174 workers affected

Posted at: 06/22/2013 10:43 AM
Updated at: 06/22/2013 11:13 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Another employer in Western New York is closing up shop and leaving more than 100 workers wondering what they'll do next.

Worthington Industries announced plans to close its BernzOmatic facility in Medina. BernzOmatic makes parts for hand torches.

Officials say by the middle of next year they plan to have all local operations moved to Wisconsin. The company currently employs 174 workers.

News10NBC spoke to a man who works there who just found out he will soon have to find a new job.

Scott Bond has worked with BernzOmatic for 11 years. He says when he showed up for work on Friday, everyone was brought into a meeting and that's when they heard the company was moving.

“There are going to be a lot of people out there who can't feed their families anymore. I have four kids myself. I have a wife, four kids and a mortgage that I have to pay,” said Bond.

That was Bond's reaction when he heard his company was relocating the entire shop to Wisconsin by the middle of next year.

Again, this means almost 200 people will be impacted. The company says those employees will be offered jobs in Wisconsin, or they can choose to receive a severance package and assistance finding another job.

But Bond says those aren't real options for most people, including himself.

“I've got kids that are here. A lot of people have houses here, they live here. Those options really aren't feasible for a lot of people,” he said.

This is the second significant closure in Orleans County this month.

You might remember a couple weeks ago News10NBC told you about the JPMorgan Chase call center in Albion. It's closing in September.