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November 6, 2013

SEKRI in Williamsburg to close

Employees will have opportunity to transfer to Jellico

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Editor

A Williamsburg facility that makes first aid kits for the Army will close after the first of the year.

Employees at SEKRI Industries learned about the closure Tuesday, according to Stan Baker, management representative for the company.

The about 75 employees will have the opportunity to transfer to SEKRI’s facility in Jellico, Tenn. Nearly all of those employees are hourly workers.

A drop in orders from the government due to a reduction in the government’s defense funding was cited as the reason for the closure, according to Norm Bradley, executive director.

Company officials decided it would be more cost effective for the company to close its about 40,000 square foot facility at 399 Watts Creek Road since it is located in a leased building. Baker said SEKRI owns its building in Jellico.

The Jellico facility makes caps for the Marines and jackets for the Army.

“SEKRI is extremely proud of our talented and skilled workforce and we hope that our offer of employment at our Jellico plant shows the concern and value we place on all of our Williamsburg associates,” Bradley said in a press release.

Williamsburg is the second SEKRI facility to close this year. Baker said earlier this year, the company’s Barbourville facility was closed.

The about 20 Barbourville employees were given the option to transfer to the facility located along the Corbin Bypass. Bakers said a nearly all of those employees opted for the transfer.

In addition to its Jellico facility, SEKRI has two locations in Corbin, one in Paris and one in Cumberland.

SEKRI contracts with the government to make sewn products for the military, Bradley said. The contracts are awarded through the AbilityOne Program, which aims to create jobs for the disabled.

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