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Seed plant future uncertain

Seed plant future uncertain
An announcement is expected to be made later this week concerning the future of Ferry-Morse Seed Co. in Fulton.
There is speculation the Fulton plant has been taken over in an acquisition deal involving Plantation Products Inc. of Norton, Mass. A spokesman for that company told The Messenger today an official announcement is expected to be made by mid-week.
Meanwhile, Fulton Mayor Elaine Forrester has been caught off guard by the news that some plant workers were let go Friday.
“I don’t know anything,” Mrs. Forrester said today. “They (Ferry-Morse officials) haven’t talked to anybody.”
A call to the Ferry-Morse Seed Co. plant this morning revealed plant officials have no comment on any news concerning the plant.
“There are some people out there working today,” Mrs. Forrester said, but she was not aware of how many workers were let go Friday.
“They let go a lot of people,” she said.
The Ferry-Morse Seed Co. plant has been in operation in Fulton for more than 50 years and Mrs. Forrester estimated the plant employed around 200 workers. The plant is located at 601 Stephen Beale Drive.
“I feel bad because I really don’t know anything,” an apologetic Mrs. Forrester told The Messenger.
The West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board’s Rapid Response Team will be set up at Pontotoc Station in Fulton at 9 a.m. Thursday to meet with dislocated workers from the Ferry-Morse Seed Co. plant, according to Mrs. Forrester.
Representatives of the team will be on hand to meet with dislocated workers to discuss services available to them and to talk about their unemployment benefits.

Published in The Messenger 5.21.12

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