Former Eagle Industries Employees, Frustrated After Lay-off

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email


"We've worked for them and we put our hearts out for them and they just let us go and just didn't care anything about us, and it's just frustrating because now we are going to have to figure out how we are going to pay the bills, how are we going to feed our kids," Pegus says.
 

A state Rapid Response Team is helping people get back to get work, after nearly 300 Eagle Industries employees were laid-off without notice.

And frustrated employees are left without any income for their family.

For eight years Daryl Pegus has worked in shipping at Eagle Industries and now, he's doing what he can to get by.

"We've worked for them and we put our hearts out for them and they just let us go and just didn't care anything about us, and it's just frustrating because now we are going to have to figure out how we are going to pay the bills, how are we going to feed our kids," Pegus says.

He says Eagle Industries told employees they were going to be laid-off for two weeks, and now he is left without his main source of income.

Kari Mar came to Bowling Green from Burma five years ago.

When she graduated high school last year she went straight to work, and has been supporting her family for the last six months.

"When I help my family, now they don't have any work. I don't know how to help my family, and I want to work," Mar says.

The BRADD Rapid Response team and the Kentucky Career Center are partnering to help get these people back to work.

BRADD expected about 60 former employees to show up Wednesday morning, but more than 100 attended the first session.

"Our main role is to assist them in job searching and getting back into employment. We had four employers here today taking applications and interviewing," says Rapid Response Coordinator Jill Lewis.

"The ultimate goal is to assist people, not only with filing for unemployment claims, but also to get them back into the workforce as soon as possible," says Kentucky Career Center Workforce Development Specialist Ann Bright.

Auburn Leathers, AEP, Trace Die Cast, and Wood Craft Industries, attended the sessions today looking to hire some of the laid-off workers.

"It's very emotional to see these individuals especially when it comes as a surprise. It does tug at your heartstrings and you feel for them," says BRADD Trade Coordinator Tonya Mudd.

For former employees like Pegus and Mar, these sessions, and the opportunity for employment could help get them back on their feet sooner than later.

BRADD says having four possible employers attend the sessions is a good sign the economy is improving.

Sessions are being held again tomorrow at the BRADD offices at 9 AM and 2 PM.


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