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Employers Prepared to Hire Workers That Will be Let go From Mammoth, Inc.

Scott Harvey

Springfield’s Department of Workforce Development is coming to the aid of some 200 employees who learned this week they’ll soon be out of a job.

Workers at the Mammoth, Inc. plant in east Springfield were notified on Tuesday that the facility will close toward the end of the year, with layoffs beginning as early as July. Parent company Nortek says it's moving the Springfield operation to other plants throughout the United States.

Mammoth makes heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

Mary Ann Rojas, the city of Springfield's Director of Workforce Development, said Wednesday that staff are available to help the employees affected by the impending closure.

She says that a significant difference between Mammoth’s and previous plant closures in the area is that the job market is better right now.

“Employers have already begun to contact us. They have jobs to fill, which is very promising. We will be hosting hiring events in the future, and employers will be invited to participate,” Rojas said in a news release.

The Workforce Development department, in the event of a company closure, can offer a variety of rapid response services through the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region. This includes include re-training, assistance with filing for unemployment benefits, as well as workshops to assist with money management, job preparation, resume development, counseling and online applications.