Second Round of Layoffs Shocks Painesville

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By Roc Woodrum

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- One week ago, 52 employees at Core Systems in Painesville were laid off in an attempt to downsize.

Friday morning, the remaining 250 employees were notified that they, too, were being laid off, and that the company was closing its doors forever.

“We had started reducing our staff, we just went through what we considered a mass layoff,” said Cindy Hutchison, Core Systems Human Relations Manager.

Core Systems manufactures plastic parts for appliances.  The 115,000 sq. ft. facility was mainly used for injection molding.

“This plant specifically made parts for the appliance industry.  Whirlpool and GE were our primary customers,” said Ron Fenstermaker, the plant’s operations manager.

Andres Avalos has been an employee with the company for 12 years.

“Really, nothing I can do about it.  I'm sending resumes out, hopefully somebody contacts me, is interested in what I can do, and not just me, everybody,” said Avalos.

Hutchison also lost her job, but her concern now is not for herself, but for her fellow employees.

"I've already got quite a few leads for some of the people that work here, so I'm really excited about that.  I'm just going to keep working as hard as I can to get people placed," said Hutchison.

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