By JIM MEENAN
South Bend Tribune
6:01 AM EST, February 3, 2013
PLYMOUTH -- There's no official word from the company yet. But it appears Whitley Products, which employed about 100 people at its plant in Plymouth, is back to work.
The company, which supplies fabricated tubular products for agriculture and off-road heavy equipment, had closed unexpectedly Jan. 24.
An employee, who answered the phone at the plant Friday night, confirmed that all employees were called back to work. He didn't want to give his name and offered no additional details.
During a WorkOne rapid response session late Thursday afternoon, at least one worker from Whitley received a phone call that they were going back to work, said Chuck Knebl, spokesman with WorkOne Northern Indiana. The session was held by WorkOne Northern Indiana for Whitley Products workers.
"It was actually fairly dramatic for the people in the room," Knebl said, according to WorkOne staff on hand.
"There were some tears of joy and some celebration, too," he added. "They were happy about it."
No calls were returned to The Tribune from the company Friday.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter said Friday he, too, had not received official word from the company.
But he did receive a message from a worker Thursday saying they were going back to work.
On Jan. 24, Whitley Products released a statement saying that "a senior lender again refused to provide the necessary to enable Whitley to continue operations," and that it had to close immediately.
WorkOne sent out a release Friday announcing it was sponsoring a public job fair Monday in Plymouth that was open to the public because it was originally scheduled for Whitley Products employees, who were called back to work Thursday.
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