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40 Jobless as Central City Plant Closes Doors

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By Steve White  swhite@nebraska.tv

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Angry and shocked employees have been dealt a blow as a Central City plant closes its doors without warning. Stone Creek Homes is apparently out of business just a year after beginning production.

Stone Creek is in the manufactured home business.

City Administrator Chris Anderson told NTV the city has not been able to get in contact with company leaders.

However, he confirms the plant is closed.

Employees told NTV they were shocked to get the word from company officials, which came Thursday morning from the company's financial officer.

"He said 'I'm sorry we're broke, we don't have any more money. We're closing the plant effective immediately and we don't even have enough to make payroll,'" employee Tracy Shipley said.

Shipley, the quality control manager, said there were about a dozen homes left unfinished in the plant which is located on the north side of Central City. It had been in operation since April of 2011. Other companies have operated there in the past, including Champion Homes at one point.

As a member of the management team, Shipley said she was left in the dark about the financial situation that finds about 40 people jobless.

She said, "To look in their eye and know that these people need money to make their house payment, buy food, put food on the table, it just broke my heart."

Stone Creek has not returned calls seeking comment. The city administrator in Central City says they are still assessing the situation and as a community will overcome this.

Shipley said the plant had 31 people in production, five in the office, and three in other positions.

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