UPDATE: More than 100 people without jobs after Whitley Products closes

More than 100 people are without a job after Whitley Products in Plymouth suddenly closed its doors.

Whitley Products manufactures tubing used in diesel engines and farming equipment.

On Thursday, workers were surprised to find the company's Plymouth operations shut down.

"I'm completely devastated because I'm a sole income family," said Lorri Prater, who worked at Whitley for more than nine years. "I'm worried about my house, i'm worried about everything. I'm not sure i'll even be able to pay my bills."

Whitley posted a statement on its Plymouth office's door, saying the company's "senior lender has again refused to provide the necessary funding to enable Whitley to continue its operations ... for our employees, this means that their employment is terminated, effectively immediately."

Prater says the situation is especially difficult because employees received little to no notice about losing their jobs.

She says rumors about shutting down have been swirling for weeks, but it wasn't until Thursday many people got a letter from Whitley.

The letter, dated Jan. 23, warned employees the company has financial problems that could result in termination for all employees.

But, it didn't say when that would happen, or if it would happen for sure.

"We were told that we had this week to work, we might have next week to work," Prater said. "Then, all of the sudden, I get the phone call that we're done."

Prater says that call came about an hour before she was supposed to head in for second shift Thursday.

Now, she and dozens of employees don't know where they'll get their next paycheck.

"I don't know what I'm going to do now," Prater said. "I'm 54 years old. There's a lot of people who won't hire people that old."


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