Avery staying open, cutting jobs

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Avery announced that it will remain in Meridian, but will be cutting the number of jobs in half. This comes after it was announced they would be closing the entire facility next year.

120 jobs saved and 120 jobs terminated according to a press release from Avery. The company announced that it is moving all of its manufacturing jobs to Mexico.

The Meridian business will be keeping the distribution portion. In addition to that, they announced that there will be some upgrades to the facility costing around $1 million dollars.
“You know, I just feel for the people that were involved with having to hunt a new job and without a job,” District 2 Supervisor Wayman Newell says.

In September 2015 it was announced that Avery would be closing in 2017. Even though there will be jobs cut, local officials say they are excited the company is remaining in the area.

"They came to us and said they were closing early, but instead of shutting it down and walking away from the building and selling the building, then they are staying and putting that distribution center there," District 3 Supervisor Josh Todd says.

With the loss of 120 jobs Ward 2 Councilman Dustin Markham says he hopes new industry can come into the area with higher wages.

“To some extent it’s good that we are able to keep Avery here in some capacity and we are able to keep some of the jobs here in some capacity,” Markham says.