One employee said that although the possibility of closing had been rumored, the news was still a chock to receive.
BALDWYN – Last week FXI of Baldwyn announced its anticipated closing of the plant to its employees and city officials.
The Baldwyn facility employs 76 people whose jobs will be terminated effective between July 24-29. From the announcement time to the closing time allows 60 days for workers to seek other employment arrangements and long-term plans.
Employees said the news came as a surprise.
“It was a such a shock! I mean we all knew it looked like a possibility but prayed it would never happen,” FXI employee Amy Mears said. “I have spent the last 10 years of my life at that job, and my coworkers have become like family. I am gonna miss this place and the people there.”
In August 2015, FXI announced an expansion of the Baldwyn facility. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and officials with the Mississippi Development Authority were on hand for the announcement that FXI was investing $707,000 in the plant and adding 60 jobs, bringing the total workforce at the plant to as many as 130 people.
Mayor Michael James said efforts will be made to draw another business to the facility and bring jobs back to the city.
“We hate to see this industry go. FXI was a good partner to the city of Baldwyn in many areas . The facility should be easy to market in efforts to refill with a new business and employers,” Mayor Michael James noted.
Efforts to reach local FXI officials were unsuccessful, and messages submitted to FXI corporate seeking response were not returned by deadline. Additionally, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security did not respond to a message from The Baldwyn News seeking information on the closing.
FXI produces foam products for use in electronics, healthcare and transportation markets.