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EUFAULA, AL (WSFA) -
Susan Culpepper has
accepted the fact her Cajun Corner restaurant will take a cut in
business when Cooper Lighting begins its massive layoffs. Cooper Lighting makes
decorative lighting for homes and businesses.
"We've catered out
there and we have employees come here so we're going to lose that business,'
Company leaders say
they're letting go around 300 employees. The official line is the move is
necessary to 'best leverage existing footprint capacity and are required to
continue to complete in a globally competitive market,' according to an email
statement to WSFA 12 News. The majority of the jobs are going to three cities
Eufaula mayor Jack Tibbs
was more candid about the matter. Cooper Lighting, he says, is moving because
of cheap labor.
"The average annual
salary for one person at the company in Eufaula is $33,000 while in Mexico it's
$9,000," said Tibbs.
With this many people
about to lose their jobs there will be a ripple effect and it won't be just in
the retail. For example, R&R Engineering supplies parts to Cooper Lighting,
a company that employs nearly 30 people. This is the 'nightmare' the mayor
fears the most; one company's layoffs could very well impact another, layoffs
coming at a time when Eufaula was just beginning to gain economic momentum.
"They have a 10
million dollar payroll and those dollars turn over several times in the
community," said the mayor.
Mayor Tibbs says he's
already contacted state officials for assistance in working with Cooper
Cooper Lighting is among
the three largest employers in Eufaula. They've been in town since 1980 but not
for long. Cooper begins moving out this fall.
As for Susan Culpepper
she says this will hurt but looks at it this way; tomorrow's another day for
Eufaula and the Cajun Corner.