WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council released a statement this week regarding the closing of Walmart and what they are trying to do to offset the loss of the business.
This was also in response to many questions and rumors around the area that came about when Walmart executives said that local officials had been notified of the store closing prior to making the announcement public.
The county says that while they were notified of the closing, the “original closure communication was sent to Winnsboro Town Officials.”
Once the county confirmed the store was indeed closing, notification was passed on to County Council and the Chamber of Commerce, and county administration began reaching out to various entities to gain more information about what actions could be taken.
According to the county, “out of the 165 employees at Walmart, 148 will continue to work for the company in other locations.”
In addition to the Walmart closing, the council announced Monday night that Element had recently laid off nearly 85 of their employees.
“On the good side of that issue, over 250 employees are still working there,” County Administrator Milton Pope said. “This is a down time of the year for televisions all across and nationwide, Walmart has had some cutbacks and our community has been impacted by that.”
WIOA offers a number of services for displaced workers in the community including career counseling, access to unemployment benefits, resume and interview skill training, WorkKeys, job search and referral, and occupational skill training.
Many of the opportunities through WOIA are also available through Vocation Rehab.
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016.