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120 people set to get laid off from glass company

Post Time:Aug 28,2009Classify:Company NewsView:318

The mood was somber at Coastal Glass Distributors in North Charleston.

"We had a couple of people shed tears over it but you know all you can do is come back and pray for something else," said Cordea Martin.

Martin has been with Coastal Glass Distributors for two years now.

The company's owner announced they'll be shutting their doors for good come Friday.

"Some people's anniversary is Friday and that's the last day we work, you gotta bounce back and find something else out there," said Martin.

Coastal president Jack Hoey sent a letter to his customers yesterday that began "it is my sad duty to inform you that Coastal Glass is ceasing operations after efforts to obtain ongoing financing proved unavailing."

120 people will now be looking for work.

Michael Herlocker is Vice President on the commercial division of Muhler glass.

He's sorry to see a valued distributor and partner go away.

"It really hurts because these were friends and we knew a lot of the people in the organization so it's a real tragedy for the community and them personally," said Herlocker.

Martin says despite this setback, he won't be down for long.

"You can't stay down, I was pretty upset at first but you gotta bounce back and find something else out there," said Martin.

And has nothing but praise for his soon to be former co-workers and boss.

"I really like working here, it's a good environment.  I like working around the people, Jack Hoey is a good person a good man," said Martin.

For his part Herlocker says this should serve as a wake up call for Lowcountry consumers.

"We just need to be conscience as a local community to buy local and support local companies because the next closing could be your neighbor," said Herlocker.
 

Source: live5newsAuthor: shangyi

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