Last Day on the Job at Breyers, Closure Impacting Other Businesses

By Stephanie Parkinson

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Friday was the last day of work for more than 100 employees at the Huntington Breyers Ice Cream Plant. This week Huntington Electric also announced it's closing.

Despite these announcements Huntington's mayor isn't too worried about the city's future. Mayor Brooks Fetters says he's been in talks with area economic development groups about attracting new jobs to Huntington. He says the focus for him is making sure job seekers in Huntington have the needed skills for new jobs. He says more and more factory work is demanding a new skill set.

Still, it's a difficult time for the 150 workers losing their jobs at Breyers. It's still unknown how many people will be impacted at Huntington Electric.

"Everyday we go, and we're looking for opportunities and trying to reach out to people that might have interest in that and there's no stone being unturned," said Mayor Brooks Fetters, (R) Huntington.

One locally owned business, The Red Eye Bar and Grill, is located just down the street from the Breyers plant. Employees at the Red Eye say they've always had a lot of traffic from the plant workers getting carry out. An employee at the Red Eye Bar says some days it accounts for 25 percent of their business.

"Just pray, that's all we can do, gotta keep this town going. And all the small business you know. Some of us don't have the big corporation you know, like McDonalds. This is family owned, Lisa's had this for eight years today, this is her eighth anniversary," said Alisa Schenkel, Red Eye Bar and Grill.

Mayor Fetters couldn't go into detail yet but said by October to expect major announcements about two companies bringing jobs to Huntington.

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