CLAY COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- The economy in West Point has suffered another blow.
A longtime industry is closing, putting 25 people out of work.
Blazon Tube Company has announced it will close its doors April 1.
"You know, you just hate it when this stuff happens," said Randy Jones, the city's chief administrative officer.
In a news release, the company stated the operations will consolidate to its Tennessee facility. City officials said the closure will not only affect unemployment but the city's tax dollars.
[If you add real and property tax together,] the total is about $120,000," said Jones.
Jones said the tax dollars have already been paid, so the city will be okay for the rest of the year. Next year, he said, could be a different story.
Longtime resident Thomas Johnson said enough is enough.
"You know, when one [business] closed, I said, 'Well, they are going to open something else,' but it seems like another business will close instead," added Johnson.
Johnson said a lack of jobs has caused low morale for a lot of people in the community. He said his concern is the future of the next generation.
"I look at our kids growing up and stuff like that. They need jobs, and if they don't get any jobs, they are going to go around and try to steal stuff," said Johnson.
Back at City Hall, leaders said they are diligently looking to bring more jobs and more industry to the city.