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Frustration Mounts as Harrington Plant Prepares for Shutdown

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HARRINGTON, Del.- Ninety-five employees at Georgia-Pacific's Color Box plant in Harrington will not have jobs come December. Employees were notified Thursday of the plant's pending closure and frustration is mounting.

Many took to WBOC's Facebook page to share their outrage.

Andrea Deputy writes: "My husband has been there 19 years. Merry Christmas to us."

Others like Patricia Martin Robinson writes: ""I've been there for six years and it's so hard to grasp the thought of no job at this time. I'm also sad for the single parents and the main paychecks of a family."
Julie Davis, who is a spokesperson for Georgia-Pacific, said, "Our employees there have done a great job and they are a talented group of employees, but we can more effectively serve our customers from a more centrally-located operation."

Harrington Mayor Anthony Moyer cannot believe the news.

"Our hearts go out to these people. We're very surprised at the dates that were named. It upsets me a little bit," Moyer said.

Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, packaging and paper. Owners set up shop in Harrington 15 years ago, but the packaging plant itself has been there since 1969.

"They are the second largest company to shut down in the past few years. We lost 'Pliant' a few years back and it just seems to be progressing, not only in Harrington, but in fact in Delaware as a whole," Moyer said.

Moyer said city leaders will do what they can to help those 95 employees of Color Box find jobs.

According to Davis, those 95 workers will be paid for 60 days. Their positions will then be eliminated.

Moyer also said that every Friday the Harrington Public Library acts as a job resource center to help people find jobs.

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