Russell Plant Closing

In May, News 4 reported the Brundidge Russell Plant would be closing. The city could lose anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 a month with this closure. But that’s not to compare to the number of people who will be looking for another job.

Soon the plant parking lot will be empty. With the Russell Plant closing in Brundidge, about 175 people will be looking for another job.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said, "You get impacted indirectly by the sales tax people create as they some in and buy gas and buy food. Hopefully, buy other items as they're in town working, so it will be a major impact on our city."

Even though the Russell Plant will be closing its doors in a little over a month, mayor says it's something the city was expecting.

"It's the case in which we've had growth and now will go back to where we were in, say, '05. It's not that you're going way back, but you're going back to where you were when you were trying to get ahead. That's the main thing," said Mayor Ramage.

The city is now looking to bring in another distributor in the soon vacant building.

Mayor Ramage says because of the city's ample water supply and a strong waste treatment plant. He hopes another company will move in quickly.

The biggest cost to the city until it's filled will be the electricity loss. The plant was one of the largest users for Brundidge.

The workers are expected to get some severance pay and insurance benefits. Those benefits will be a week of severance pay per year of employment. That's with a two week severance pay minimum.

Plus, the workers could receive "trade-act" assistance that includes a 15-hundred dollar reimbursement for a move over 50 miles for work and possible school funding.

Russell Corporation says it will fill out all paperwork necessary for trade-act assistance. The company says they are also working with local employment agencies to help find the workers a job.

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