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Layoffs coming to Cooper Lighting in Americus

By Jay Polk - bio | email

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – Major layoffs are coming to a large South Georgia manufacturer.

Cooper Lighting in Americus employs about 550 people right now.  In a statement released Wednesday, the company confirms plans to lay off a large portion of the workforce over the next two years.

The layoffs will begin in the next few months and continue through the middle of 2012.

They say the exact number hasn't been determined but people who live near the plant and have ties to it tell us that any cutbacks will be painful.

People like Cassie Wilcher of Americus.  She once worked at the plant as a temporary employee.

"It means a lot - like I said they got to pay their bills, they have car notes, they got kids in school, they got health insurance out there. It's going to mean a lot for them to lose their jobs."

In June Sumter County's unemployment rate was 10.5-percent.

That's higher than the statewide average of 10-percent.

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