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Workforce Solutions offering help to Kane Beef employees

Posted: 12:52 PM, Feb 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-04 14:25:10-05

Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend is holding a series of information sessions for furloughed workers from the Kane Beef Processors plant.

The sessions are being held at Career Center, 520 N. Staples St.  As KRIS-TV has reported, a deal to sell the company fell through last week. The company is set for auction on Wednesday.

Since the sale fell through, the plant has scaled back operations and most of its 750 employees have been furloughed.

Kane Beef employee Kevin Burns attended the 9:30 a.m. meeting. He said he started working for Kane Beef a month ago. He said he was shocked that he was furloughed.

Kevin Burns worked for Kane Beef for one month before he was placed on furlough.

“It’s kind of a hurt to all of us. There ain’t much work around here. We’re all struggling to pay our bills,” Burns said, “We can’t pay our bills sitting around and waiting for Kane Beef to reopen.”

Burns said he loved his job and his supervisors. He added if the plant reopened, he would be happy to return to work there.

Employee Javier Solis and his wife also attended the 9:30 a.m. meeting. Solis said he and his wife were hired four months ago and were happy to finally get back on their feet financially.

“We were finally stabilizing our financial situation and this is actually a big blow to us,” Solis said. “This has put a big stop to us. So, it is affecting us very much.”

Javier Solis and his wife worked for Kane Beef for four months.

Three more information sessions will be held tomorrow. They are at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The 1:30 p.m. session is in Spanish.

Meanwhile, Kane Beef is set for auction on Wednesday.