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87 employees to lose jobs in Morganton plant closure

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Heritage Home Group has filed a warn notice with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, announcing that its Morganton furniture plant will be closing at the end of July.

According to the Department of Commerce website, 87 employees will be out of work.

The warn notice was filed on May 30.

The warn notice also indicates that the closure will be permanent.

An employee with the company told WBTV a lot of people at the plant have already started looking for a new job.

"I talked to one guy that worked here 41 years, you know, and he doesn't know what he is going to do," Rick Franklin told WBTV. "He never did get an education. He always thought he would have this to fall back on."

Heritage Home Group would not comment Tuesday on the closure.

However, Burke County Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Davis told WBTV the closure did not come as a total surprise.

"We've seen this in other communities across the country," Davis said. "As this company was bought out, they have been closing operations, including North Carolina plants."

Hoping to soften the blow, Davis said the chamber is reaching out to the 87 affected employees, helping them transition into another career.

"We will be working with the Economic Development Authority and Western Piedmont Community College to reach out to these individuals and provide training and retraining as needed, hopefully to help them land on their feet sooner rather later," Davis said.

The County's ‘RENEW' program offers training specifically for Advanced Manufacturing and Maintenance Technicians.

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