Two Lyndonville, Vt. Facilities to Close

Published 03/27 2014 10:41PM

Updated 03/27 2014 10:56PM

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. - Nearly 100 people are wondering what's next after finding out they will soon be out of a job.

Two companies there announced they are shutting down their facilities in the next few months. The two companies are Kennametal and Vermont Flexible Tubing. They are both manufacturers which provide good jobs.

"That's big. That's big for this little town," says Jennie Somers, who lives in Lyndonville.

Kennametal announced it's closing its plant here and about 80 employees are being let go.

"I worked with them before and I'm saddened for them that the place has left. It was an important business here," says Tom Manges.

Manges says he used to work for the company that would later be bought by Kennametal.

"It's going to be hard to repace those jobs because the men who were there had worked there for a long time and they are older and those kinds of jobs are not around here," says Manges.

In a statement, the company says, "the decision to close the facility was a very difficult one."

Kennametal says the shutdown will help it remain competitive and production will stop at the end of June.

People also found out a family run Lyndonville company, Vermont Flexible Tubing, will close in April. Here nine workers will be cut, on top of those from Kennametal.

"All I could think was a lot of people are going to be out of jobs and what are those people going to do now?" says Somers.

The state and the Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce say they will step up to help the affected workers.

Also, there's a job fair set for April.

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