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Cordele- The news that Wescast could close their Cordele location caught everyone off guard. Already local officials are taking a proactive approach to the potential problem of a closure.

Wescast Industries purchased this Cordele plant in 2002. The company is the world's largest supplier of exhaust manifolds for passenger cars and light trucks.

"Wescast is one of the larger employers in the county and we really hated to hear the news on Friday that the sale had fallen through," said Monica Simmons, President of the Cordele, Crisp Chamber of Commerce.

Employees who talked with us off camera say, they were told that attempts to find a buyer for the plant fell through and that if another buyer wasn't found in the next five weeks the plant will close it's doors April first.

The Cordele, Crisp Chamber of Commerce is taking a pro active approach to the news.

"The chamber's going to do everything they can to maybe help them maybe reconsider them trying to sell and also if that doesn't go through to assist people with finding new jobs," said Simmons.

There are plans to give employees severance packages, but some may be released before the April first date, leaving many concerned about finding other work.

"At least we have until April to start to getting some things going, a job fair," said Simmons.

The Chamber plans to involve agencies that include the Industrial Development council, the Department of Labor, and the South Georgia Technical College to assist in finding workers jobs should the plant close.

posted by jennifer.emert@walb.com