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|Former Bob Evans Worker From Oneida Ponders Future
|A Knox County man says he's not sure what his future holds now that he's the victim of a plant closing, but perhaps unlike other plant closings in the past decade in this area, he doesn't hold much resentment toward his employer.
Ray Tucker of Oneida worked for a total of 25 years at the Bob Evans plant in Galva. Workers there were told Monday that the plant would be closing for good, but Tucker says he and others got two-months of severance pay and benefits while they get back up on their feet.
The workers were also offered the chance to transfer to other out-of-state Bob Evans processing plants, and Tucker tells WGIL he doesn't know if that's in his future.
"Not sure what, myself, is going to do," Tucker said. "Other employees, I highly recommend to move if they could. But, we're just going to have to see what's around here and what's going to happen."
Tucker tells WGIL he's not mad at Bob Evans closing the plant due in part to sow shortages, and says he'll remember his time there well.
"For the most part, everybody got along together," Tucker said. "Everybody has bad days, but everybody seemed to get along. They enjoyed their work. They showed up for work. Last day of work, we found out Thursday it was going to be Friday. All but one person out of 68 people showed up. That shows you how dedicated we are about putting out a good product. The company treated me good, so we deserve to treat them good."
Tucker says while he's positive about Bob Evans despite the closure, he believes some employees feel that the company could have at least given more notice about the closure than a day or two.
|08 11 10 by Newsroom
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