LE ROY, Ill. — Early Wednesday morning plant officials from the Corteva Pioneer Plant in LeRoy unexpectedly announced they will be closing its doors for good, leaving dozens without jobs.
I spoke to people in LeRoy who say the closing will affect more than just the workers.
“Honestly just learning about it, that seems pretty sad and I’d want to know why it closed and what the employees are expected to do since they wont have a job now,” said Dawn Nowlin, Business owner in LeRoy.
In a statement Gregg Schmidt, spokesman for parent company Corteva Agriscience, said “Upon further evaluation of our North American network we identified an area we can consolidate which would lead to the closing of the Le Roy Illinois production plant.”
“It just breaks my heart for those families that are involved,” said Andy Johnson, resident of LeRoy. “Losing your employment is not good, especially with some of the people we know out there that have been there for many years. It’s definitely going to affect them and I am sorry to hear that.”
LeRoy mayor Steven Dean says “I join with all LeRoyans in expressing my shock and sadness over this morning’s announcement. Dean went on to say “…this is a sad day for all the employees and for the people of the city of LeRoy as well.”
People in LeRoy say though this is a tough time, the community will band with those affected.
“This is a very tight-knit community,” said Nowlin. “I am very happy to be here in LeRoy, I’ve never seen such community to be honest with you.”
The company has not yet released how many jobs will be lost.