GOSHEN - Some just bought homes, others were planning Christmas shopping -- now, workers at Cequent, who just learned that they’ll soon lose their jobs, are wondering how they’ll get by.
“It’s nerve wracking,” said Jennifer Ankrom, whose husband has one of 450 jobs which will be moved to Mexico.
“(It) puts a lot of stress on the family, puts a lot of stress on the marriage, it puts a lot of stress on everything,” she said while waiting outside the plant, Wednesday.
“I can't believe, after my husband working for this company for 14 years, they're just going to up and pull something like this, being greedy,” said Jina Dills, who stood nearby.
Businesses like The Car Company, a dealer next door to Cequent, will likely feel the loss, too.
Roger Hickman, the general manager, estimated Cequent employees purchase between five and ten cars a year from him.
“They spend a lot of money in this community, so to lose 400 plus jobs, especially now, is just crazy,” he said.
The Burger King across the street, the gas station next door, the dozens of storefronts nearby, could all lose customers.
“We get a tremendous amount of business out of there,” said Hickman.