A Time Of Uncertainty In Toluca

By Syreeta Baker

July 15, 2010 Updated Sep 21, 2007 at 8:07 PM CDT

Pack up and don't come back is what an employer told about 100 employees at a business in Toluca, today. After more than 50 years in the community, the Toluca Garment factory could be closing its doors for good.

Toluca Mayor of 29 years Larry Harber is hard at work on his house, but just down the street about 100 employees wish they were hard at work at the Garment factory.

Harber said, "The latest rumor as of yesterday is there was a chance of it being closed, but I imagine there are many factors that I don't know about that come into the picture."

The circumstances behind the factory possibly closing down were never revealed because the owner Michael Magliano refused to comment.

Leaving his employees packing up their things and giving each other hugs of comfort while they file out of the building uncertain of their futures.

"There are many residents that are on fixed incomes from social security and stuff so with a closing unless it's bought, if there were a closing it would be devastating for our community."

Mayor Harber says the possibility of the factory closing completely is not only devastating to its employees but it also can have a negative impact on business like Toluca's IGA's grocery store.

"I notice when they get off of work they go into the grocery store and they purchase things, so it could cut some of they buying power in the area."

Shopping for food might be the least of these employees' worries.

At this point they say there's a possibility that the owner Magliano might not pay them for work they completed two weeks prior.

The Union President of the factory Sue Henry says they are hopeful a potential buyer will purchase the business, so as of right now they've decided not to comment on camera.

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