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More than a 100 workers in Campbell County will soon be out of a job as three businesses shut their doors.

The closures involve NCI Building Systems in Caryville, TrailManor Manufacturing and Carmike Cinema in LaFollette, according to the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce.

A&S Building Systems notified employees with NCI Building Systems that it is closing its Caryville manufacturing operation. The company said Wednesday, March 22 will be its final day. The Campbell County mayor said that 164 people work there.

"It's a consolidation at A and S, so it's a decision that they've made for efficiencies," said Mayor El Morton. He said he got the news on Wednesday.

In a letter to employees, the company said the "...change will maximize efficiencies and improve supply chain management while increasing the concentration of product of service capabilities at the existing facilities." The company is offering severance package for employees who can work through March 22.

A&S operations in Lexington and Elizabethton, Tennessee, will remain open.

The Chamber of Commerce also confirmed that TrailManor Manufacturing is phasing out operations at the end of the month. TrailManor has already begun phasing out workers.

Carmike Cinema in LaFollette is also closing. Its final day is February 19, according to a company spokesperson.

"It's a part of our culture – my first date with my wife was in that building, so it goes to the heart when you lose something that important to the fabric of the community," said Morton.

County leaders will soon meet to discuss what can be done to help people who lost their jobs. Plans are already in the works to bring more companies into Campbell County.

"We still have great access to the transportation grid and have a great workforce, so while it's difficult to deal with right now and our sympathies go out to the people that are suffering the job losses and we will compete hard to get jobs back in Campbell county," said Morton.


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