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Valdosta plant tries to help displaced employees

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January 10, 2008

Valdosta - A Valdosta plant that once employed 300 is shutting down, but plant managers still want to make sure their associates are taken care.

Weyerhaueser, a wood manufacturing plant held a job fair at Valdosta Technical College Thursday.

Over 20 manufacturers and other businesses showed up to help the displaced employees.

The company announced in December they'd be shutting down their Valdosta plant.

They've been steadily cutting production since November and expect all work to cease by February.

They hope today's fair will help all their employees get a new job before the doors close for good.

"Some companies could of just said, this is the end, shake you hand and let you walk out of the plant and never contact you again so I feel like this is a great opportunity," says Derrick Hollingshed, a 15 year employee.

"We are very thankful for them to come out and look at the opportunities for our associates. We do have a great group of people and we are very hopeful that they will find very good employment in Valdosta," adds Plant Manager Scott Reed.

In all over 150 employees came out to the job fair.

Weyerhaueser hopes to keep track of how many people are hired thanks to Thursday's efforts.

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