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Updated: 9/27/2013 8:52 am
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) — The Paslode fastener plant in Pontotoc will be closing before the end of the year, and 24 people will be losing their jobs.

Business owner Paulette Reese has lived near Paslode's plant in Pontotoc since it opened in 1984.

She was surprised to hear the business was closing.

"I hate to hear that we're losing any jobs, because right now we need to be gaining jobs," Reese said.

The fastener plant will be closing on December 13.

Mayor Jeff Stafford says Paslode is closing its fasteners division to help the company overall.

"They're still a strong company.  They're just doing some diversification right now, focusing on different product lines," said Stafford.

Stafford believes Pontotoc will adjust to the company's closing.

"We feel for them, but we're going to do all we can to relocate them another job," Stafford said.

Community members are confident that these employees won't have a problem finding new jobs.

"There are other factories around, not just this county, but surrounding counties, that will probably hire them," Pontotoc resident Jane Hardin said.

"They're all highly trained and highly skilled and I don't think we'll have any trouble relocating those in our community," Stafford says.

Reese says she will miss having Paslode as a neighbor, but she says she wont be lonely for long.

"There should be another business that will come in and take their spot," Reese said.

Taking their spot and ensuring that Pontotoc's economy will remain steady.

Paslode has other divisions that will stay open and continue to make nail guns and staplers among other products.
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