More jobs are leaving Central New York as an Oklahoma-based manufacturer announces it's moving all of its New York operations there. Clear Edge Filtration employs nearly 200 people in its Skaneateles Falls and Moravia plants. Our Kat De Maria has reaction to the announcement.
CENTRAL NEW YORK -- For the past two years, Debbie Woolridge has had a job and a home at Clear Edge Filtration in Skaneateles Falls.
"I lost one in 2008, a downsizing at McLane Northeast and then I had a few jobs in between here and there," Woolridge said.
Woolridge says she loves working at Clear Edge and was disappointed to learn this week that hers and the Moravia plant are moving to the company's U.S. headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's one more layoff for Woolridge. But she says she feels worse for Clear Edge's veterans.
"It was a shock. A lot of people who have been here a long time were crying," Woolridge said.
The news was a disappointment but not a shock to the area's economic developers, who say they've come up with and offered Clear Edge a competitive retention package to keep the company and its 180 jobs in Central New York.
"We worked very cooperatively with New York State Economic Development and Onondaga County to put together a very good incentive package. And at the time they decided to think about it and consider it. And over the past year, it has been a challenge to continue communicating with them," said Terry Masterson, executive director of the Cayuga Economic Development Authority, or CEDA.
Clear Edge is giving all of its Skaneateles Falls and Moravia employees the option to move to Tulsa with them. After the announcement, the company let the workers go home for the rest of the day to start to make that difficult decision.
"Some people have been here a long time, so they may take the package. I'm not sure yet. I haven't been here long enough," Woolridge said.
Woolridge and some of her co-workers say they're going to ride out their employment, hoping Clear Edge's decision will change. But either way, Woolridge says she's going to stay calm and do her job.
"It's happening all over. So you just learn to move on and hope for the best," Woolridge said.
Clear Edge Filtration's move to Oklahoma is expected to take place early next year.