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Coty workers face harsh reality

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- With the Coty cosmetics plant in Rocky Point closing its doors by summer, the company says its expanding another plant in North Carolina. It's a harsh reality for folks laid off from the Pender County plant, who are already looking for a new job.

Brenda Kosh worked at Coty for more than five years. Three weeks ago she was laid off. Now at the age of 52, Kosh says she doesn't think she'll be able to find another job.

"You actually had something to depend on, and then all of a sudden that was taken away, and then, when you're as old as I am, it's not going to be that easy to be replaced, you know what I mean? So, it's something that you worry about constantly," Kosh said.

Coty announced its decision to close the Rocky Point plant in May 2009. As the doors shut, many workers will be forced into unemployment.

Meanwhile the cosmetics maker is planning a $12 million expansion at its plant in Sanford.

"We needed that plant in this place, that's for sure," Kosh said. "Look how far you have to go around here to find a job. There is nowhere. It's a bad time for everybody."

Coty is expected to add 140 jobs in Sanford, but the closure of the Rocky Point facility will mean nearly 100 layoffs.

Kosh worked in the quality control sector of the plant and says her entire department lost their jobs. She says she was never offered another job in Sanford.

"There's nothing you really can do, but try and stay and do the best you can until the day ends," she said. "When it's over, just pray another door opens."

Kosh says she loved her job at Coty and ideally would like to find another job working in a factory.

Lee Counny officials say they provided incentives worth $280,000 to attract jobs at the Coty plant in Sanford.

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