EXCLUSIVE: One Local Man Speaks Out After Hundreds Are Laid Off

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By: Bailey Myers
December 11th, 2013

Tallahassee FL- According to North Florida's Workforce Development Board Deputy Directory, Diane Head, Potash Corp. and Workforce are coordinating a Resource Fair in Hamilton County.

Here are the details:
PCS invites all personnel affected by their recent lay-offs to attend a Resource Fair hosted by North Florida Workforce.

When: Tuesday, December 17th from 9am until 4pm
Where: PCS Conference Center in White Springs.

According to the information provided to WCTV Re-employment Assistance representatives, local training providers, local service agencies, and veteran resources will be in attendance.

By: Bailey Myers
December 10th, 2013

Tallahassee FL-

"I don't know. I don't know where it goes from here," explained Justin Hughes one of the 250 White Springs Potash Corporation Employees who lost their job last week.

"It was about six a' clock at that time and I was just waiting and waiting, because I didnt know if I would make it in or not. And then I got the call to go clean out my locker and go ahead to HR," said Huges. His two older brothers and mother also worked at the Phosphate facility-- for about 26 years. They were also laid off.

Potash Corporation Representative for the White Springs Facility, Mike Williams told us last week, "They were difficult but they were necessary decisions in view of the global phosphate market conditions."

The Hughes family is just one of the many effected by the lay-offs. Another one hundred employees will also be laid off. That means 350 people will now be looking for jobs in Hamilton County.

As Hamilton Development Authority Executive Director, Susan Ramsey said, "So there is a large percentage of that number that were Hamilton County Residents and there were a lot of people who drove into our county everyday who didn't live here but who spent money in our county those are resources lost as well."

Ramsey later explained this shut down could be felt throughout the entire community for a long time because it was the main source of income for many of it's residents. Those laid off, will receive pay through January. Many families like Hughes with his two children and wife are asking 'what now?'

"I look at my kids and I want to be able to provide for them, you know? I want to work. I want to be able to support my own family. But, at this point i'll do whatever I have to do to take care of them," Hughes said.

We have been told by the Hamilton County Development Authority that they are working on having a resource fair visit the county to help those unemployed.

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