EUPORA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Interim Ansell Hawkeye, Inc. Plant Manager Russell Boren takes pride in their products. The work gloves manufactured at the Eupora plant are job specific and range from the needs of barbed wire handlers to those who work with chemicals.
Their biggest, the U.S. government, buys their combat and flight gloves.
A loss in some of that business could have resulted in layoffs, but that plan has temporarily changed.
"We plan to diversify and keep the plant going," Boren said.
Ansell Hawkeye announced its intention to permanently lay-off as many as 60 employees following the loss of a military contract.
"We're making a huge effort toward the commercial side as well. That we feel like is gonna be a great thing for the company and the town as well," Boren said.
Most of the people who work at the plant live in and around Eupora.
"We are real excited. We're going to get to keep our jobs. I've been here for nine years and I still want to stay on a little while longer," employee Virginia Norwood said.
"We're very excited here at Ansell. All of our employees are really happy that we're all going to get to keep our jobs and stay," employee Reba Perkins said.
"Oh! I am so excited. I came here last Monday and they told us we (wasn't) going to get laid off. I wanted at least another year to work at Hawkeye, so I got to thank God," employee Okie Jennings said.
"We are all optimistic and excited about the possibility of Ansell Hawkeye being able to turn this thing around. It's better to keep the ones you've got if you can rather than try to recruit some other, but we're trying to do both," Eupora Mayor Tommy Lott said.
The company's latest news release says the plan for layoffs has temporarily changed. Hopes are high for more business.