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Local leaders react to job loss

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Nearly 100 people will lose their jobs when a Brunswick County factory transfers the positions to Mexico.

Victaulic said it will eliminate those jobs over the next year.

This announcement comes after hundreds of people lost their jobs when DAK Americas closed its doors last fall.

“It is kind of heart breaking in any one way when you see a family and they have to find other work or move out of the area. That is not what we want to see here in Brunswick County,” said Mike Allen, Mayor of Belville.

Allen and Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams both agree it is crucial for the county to recruit new businesses.

“Companies are going to come and go,” said Williams.

As a result of that dynamic, Williams said the county needs to continually attract new companies to the area and be mindful not to it’s guard down when things are going well.

“We have to always be looking for new ones,” said Williams.

Williams also added the county needs leadership at the federal level to advocate for the county.

“I think one of the things we need to have is leadership at the state level and also at the congressional level who are going to be able to articulate what Brunswick County is about. I believe we have that at the state level with our house and senate members,” said Williams.

If companies decide to leave Brunswick County and people lose their job, Williams said having retraining programs would be beneficial.

“Whenever people do lose their job, we can train them for jobs with different skills,” he said.

Along with those ideas there is a plan already in place to bring in more jobs.

Belville Mayor Mike Allen said if everything goes as planned, the new river walk project will add about 70 jobs.

He was also excited about an automotive replacement retailer preparing to call Belville home.

“Advanced Auto is getting ready to build and that is something good coming in,” said Allen.

Allen said there are two more projects in the works that he could not comment about. He said they will bring more people to the area and add to the town.


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