... more area residents are going to be packing their bags and making the migration north to find work:
Furniture firm to close its last plant in MarchAt least those employees who are being permanently furloughed will be comforted by the fact that a portion of their former employer's corporate tax dollars are going to be buying a remote mountain over in Washington County that will "prime our economic engine."
Hooker Furniture's move is another 280-job setback for Martinsville.
By Ray Reed, Christina Rogers and Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times
Martinsville -- Hooker Furniture gave up its last holdout against imports Wednesday, announcing its one remaining wood furniture plant will close in March.
Hooker will become fully focused on marketing the imported furniture that wiped out demand for the products its factories once made.
The plant's 280 employees will receive severance packages but no offers of employment with Hooker's other operations. Those employees represent 27 percent of the company's total work force, Hooker officials said. (link)
I can only shake my head in sadness and disbelief.