NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — Hours before the company’s president and CEO made the official announcement that DAK Americas will close its Navassa plant in September, DAK workers learned of the closing.
Workers we spoke with say they are upset, but not angry. They say they saw this coming, and today in meetings they learned the true fate of their jobs.
“Well, it’s a little bit numbing,” Sonny Wells said. “Most people have pretty much accepted it, because, you know, they saw it coming.”
Wells was a chemical technician at the plant for 41 years. He says he has mixed emotions about the closure.
“My chapter was about to close anyway,” he said. “I’m more concerned with the younger people here. They’ve got to find something.”
He says he was already planning to retire, so it’s not as big a deal to him as it might be to other, younger workers who have not been there as long as he has.
One of those is Sissy Griffin. She worked in housekeeping at the DAK plant.
“I know I have to find another job, so that’s about it,” she said.
She says she has accepted her fate, but is concerned for other workers.
“This is people’s lives. They’ve got to have their money. They’ve got kids. They’ve got families,” Griffin said.
Wells says the company told workers it will help them build their resumes, search for new jobs and possibly even help with further education. With the end now firmly in sight, he took a moment to reflect on his 41 years at DAK.
“Lot of ups and downs,” he said. “It’s been a lifestyle.”
Wells says he plans to retire now that he no longer has a job. He says he might go into business for himself.
As for griffin, she is now in the market for a new job.