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Job fair at Perry plant hopes to attract potential employees after layoffs

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Published: Mar. 10, 2018 at 6:47 PM EST
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Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News

March 10, 2018

PERRY, Fla (WCTV) -- In Perry Saturday afternoon residents came out for a job fair at the old Snyder's Lance Plant.

Earlier this month Amrouch Snacks and Candy Company purchased the plant. In September of 2017, 125 people were laid off after the closure of the plant.

The new company says they are initially looking to bring 40 jobs to the city.

For the people of Perry the reopening of this plant is good news. While everyone attending the job fair was interested in working for this new company, many had different reasons.

"Trying to get a new start here back in my hometown that I grew up in," said Ryan Miller.

"Just needing something different from what I've been doing," added Tabatha Touchton.

Residents says the layoffs six months ago hurt the community, but these new jobs can help people get back on their feet and provide a boost to the town.

"If you don't work for Georgia Pacific or the prison, you aren't really got no other corporation or business to help the people here," said Jimmy Blair whose son was at the job fair.

Many were also excited about the prospect of a new career path.

"I'm hoping to possibly even make progress if the opportunities allow it to actually progress," said Miller.

"This is actually going to save a lot...it's going to help a lot of people and hopefully including myself," said Touchton.

Even though 125 people were originally laid off in the Fall and only 40 jobs are being created at the plant initially, residents are hopeful that more will be created as time goes on.

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