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Poplar Bluff feels economic downsides as Nordyne prepares to close

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    Families affected by Nordyne closure in Poplar Bluff react

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:10:12 GMT
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    In March of 2013, Nordyne announced it would close its Poplar Bluff plant.Now, that plan is being put into action. The company is closing one line at a time and employees are being forced to leave their positions.
    In March of 2013, Nordyne announced it would close its Poplar Bluff plant.Now, that plan is being put into action. The company is closing one line at a time and employees are being forced to leave their positions.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS/AP) - It's been more than a year and a half since Nordyne Inc. announced plans to close two plants in Missouri.

The Poplar Bluff plant is the first to go, now with a noticeably bare parking lot after rounds of layoffs.

It's doors will close mid-December.

As the industry leaves, it takes with it around 500 jobs from the Poplar Bluff area.

Jobs that many fear won't be easily replaced.

Mayor Angela Pearson said she's been concerned about the plant closing for quite some time.

She's hopeful that other new business opportunities in the area will help fill the gap left behind.

Mayor Pearson said the city and chamber of commerce are working to find a tenant for what will soon be deserted space.

The effects of hundreds of laid off workers are felt not just in the homes of those families, but around the city.

In the months since the first layoffs the economic downsides are absorbed through local businesses.

"Well when you put this amount of people out of work. And that money goes out of the economy it definitely has a ripple effect for everybody. Whether you're in the service station business, towing business, retail/grocery, I know restaurants have noticed a difference and it definitely has had a down effect on the economy of Poplar Buff as it would I think in any other community,"said Poplar Bluff business owner Ben Woolard.

One man who lives near the Nordyne plant said in the past when plants have close families have often been forced to pack up and go as well.

He also said he fears that may be the case this time around.

Officials hope to have a new company in the space before it comes to that.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press also contributed to this report.
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