It's official, Teledyne is shutting its doors in Abbeville for good. The closure comes after the company's business has steadily declined, making it hard to turn a profit. President of the Abbeville chamber of commerce Ron Abernathy says, "They’re saying these parts, there's not enough demand."
This move will not only affect the employees of Teledyne, but will also have an impact on the economy in Abbeville. Abernathy says, "The people are from all over, so the economic impact will be that they shop here and they eat here." The announcement came as a shock to both employees and members of the community, but employees say this is something they should have expected.
Teledyne worker Vanessa Williams says, "We’ve been in this trouble for a while now and we've just got to keep our heads up and look for a door to open." There was certainly sadness in the eyes of some employees today, but for the most part each individual is looking at the bright side of this dark situation, Teledyne worker Obielee Jackson says, "I’ve been here over eighteen years, but you just have to adjust and go on."
Williams says, "Teledyne is not our end when one door closes another opens." For now most workers are praying for guidance from above and looking to the community of Abbeville and the surrounding areas for work to keep themselves and their families afloat.