Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh
Bedford, VA - Thursday, we hear from some employees of Brooks Food Group in Bedford. The plant is closing on Monday; they had originally planned to close Friday.
This is not easy. We're talking about a lot of jobs lost. 119 jobs, says the Virginia Workforce Network. Brooks has kept fairly quiet. But it is saying it's distressed over the layoffs. Thursday evening, employees met with management, and talked about what happens next.
Brooks Food Group met with its employees behind closed doors. We tried talking with people before and after the meeting, but they were staying tight-lipped. Car, after car, with no comment. But, one employee stopped briefly.
"Just tell me what the meeting was like today? Was it tense?" we asked Brooks Food Group Employee Calvin Calloway.
"It was tense, it was alright. Just told you about your 401k plan and all that," said Calloway. "Yeah, it's going to close."
Brooks Food Group supplies frozen food to restaurants. The company says commodity prices, competitive pricing, and losing a major account hit them hard. We spoke with some employees off camera. They were given a packet of paperwork that details unemployment and 401k information.
Charles Hilson worked at Brooks a decade ago. With another manufacturer looking for the exit sign, he worries about Bedford's future.
"It seems like we don't have enough activities for the kids or anything. And the jobs, they're just scarce. I mean, the town's just shutting down, it seems like it," said Hilson.
Brooks Food Group also tells us they are working on a recovery plan. That could mean selling the plant. Employees say as far as they know, their last day of work is Monday.