February 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM CST - Updated July 3 at 10:11 AM
By Christy Hendricks
PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - TG Missouri in Perryville announces more than 150 layoffs.
A company spokesperson tells Heartland News they hope the cuts will be temporary during this downturn in the automotive industry.
Employees say they understand the need for the cuts, but it doesn't make it easier.
"It's really been stressful to say the least," said Craig Calvin, who's job was just cut from TG Missouri. "A lot of us kinda saw it coming but didn't know exactly how much and how far."
Calvin says after recent news from the automotive industry, he's not completely surprised by the layoffs at TG Missouri, but it still packs a blow.
"I may have to move out of town, out of state or may just have to find something temporary and try to ride it out and hope for the call back," he said.
TG Missouri makes car parts like steering wheels, air bags, dashboard accessories, and trim.
Lack of demand now causes it's workforce of 1200 to dip to 900.
Company officials say they did everything they could to prevent the layoffs.
"Work sharing, reduction of hours. We have declined our temporary work force to zero," said Rhonda Ruark, general manager of corporate administration for TG Missouri. "We have encouraged vacation time for those who have it available and many other things to try to avoid getting to this point."
"I don't fault the company at all on this," Calvin said. "The people that I do fault are the Wall Street bankers, the greedy folks who helped get us into it and the people up on Capitol Hill and the oversight committees who have failed to recognize this and see it coming."
For now, Calvin says he's trying not to let it get him down.
"Just try to stay positive and hope for the best," he said.
The layoffs take effect Monday, February 9th. Rhonda Ruark says those employees will continue to receive benefits at least through March.