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Factory closure puts dozens without jobs this holiday season

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The plant will shut its doors in the coming weeks, and about 100 people will be looking for a new paycheck just before Christmas. The plant will shut its doors in the coming weeks, and about 100 people will be looking for a new paycheck just before Christmas.

(WMC-TV) - One hundred people will be without a job this holiday season as a factory in Olive Branch prepares to close.

The plant was scheduled to close, but it will remain open for a few more weeks according to an employee. City leaders say there are several companies who have already finalized plans to bring business and new jobs to Olive Branch soon.

Closure Systems used to be Anthony Mervine's employer a couple of years ago.

They make tops for soda bottles.

"They make bottle caps out of plastic. They just mold them, and they're also involved in printing some of them ... You know, printing on the top of it," said Mervine.

The plant will shut its doors in the coming weeks, and about 100 people will be looking for a new paycheck just before Christmas.

"My heart goes out to those that are losing their jobs, obviously this is a terrible time right before Christmas holidays," said Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips.

But Phillips says in one of the country's fastest growing cities that new jobs are on the horizon.

"With what's going on out there ... That we'll be able to create about 1,000 jobs," he said.

According to Phillips, five or six companies already have plans for Olive Branch in the next few years – especially by the new Methodist Hospital.

"Economic development is strong and there's always other companies out there floating around looking to locate," he said.

Mervine knows what it is like to be unemployed and was impressed to hear that new positions should be coming to town soon.

"It don't matter if it was 10 jobs, that's 10 people that don't have a job right now that will [not] be able to provide for their families," he said.

The company's headquarters in Indianapolis did not return Action News 5's calls for comment.

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