Hillshire Plant Closing May Create Opportunities For Current Employees

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Hillshire managment met with employees Friday morning to deliver the news of the Florence plant closing.

The shutdown is expected to leave 1,100 people unemployed.

Jim Cook is the manager at the Alabama Career Center in Sheffield. He believes employees don’t have to look at this situation as negative.

“People who have some of the best success when faced with this situation come when they are able to maintain a positive attitude,” said Cook.

Cook says workers should waste no time developing skills which will make them marketable.

“Often times this type of negative situation allows them to seek other training or opportunities that may be able to help them access and, with that, they can get into a new career or a different job that maybe they’ve always wanted to do but never had the opportunity to get the training,” said cook.

Training is offered at places like the Alabama Career Center. The center helps the unemployed find work.

“Through some of our federally funded and state administer program, often times we are able to offer assistance for retraining to dislocated workers,” said Cook.

Cook says he and his team will visit the plant to inform people about the programs and services the Alabama Career Center provides


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