North East Precision Abruptly Closes, 41 Employees Without Work

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Forty one people in the Northeast Kingdom are without a job after the abrupt closure of a manufacturing plant in St. Johnsbury.

Lisa Goodell, Human Resources Manager at North East Precision, says a recent sale of the business fell through.

Employees found out Monday at 4pm that they would not be returning to work the next day.

The sheet metal fabrication company opened in 1990.

No severance packages were provided to employees, according to Goodell.

Representatives from the Vermont Department of Labor met with former North East Precision employees Wednesday, Goodell says.

St. Johnsbury town manager Chad Whitehead says his office was notified mid-week, after the closure.

“The loss of 41 jobs in any community is difficult,” he said. “I do think there’s some opportunity or some availability of nearby manufacturers picking up some of those workers. There are several manufacturing companies adjacent to [North East Precision’ that are doing well.”

Whitehead says his office has been in touch with NCIC, Northern Community Investment Corporation, and NVDA, Northeastern Vermont Development Association.

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