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Austin reacts to layoffs at APC

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- About 125 people with the Austin Packaging Company are wondering just what comes next, after learning last week they will be losing their jobs next month.

The company announced Monday it is eliminating its frozen pizza manufacturing business as of April 5. APC notified employees last week, and said they will lay off employees at every level, from line workers and mechanics, to managers and supervisors.

According to Austin mayor Tom Stiehm, the city will do what it can to help the company and laid off employees, but he said right now, the company's facing some "major restructuring."  Business Consultants in Training and Development at Riverland Community College and other local employment agencies have been in contact with the company to help laid off workers.

"If they know they've been laid off or are about to be laid off, they don't have to wait to be laid off before they begin their job search," said Dallas Groten, Area Manager at Workforce Development, Inc.  Workforce Development, Inc. helps thousands of people job search in the Southeast Minnesota area each year.

According to Groten, recently laid off employees may face challenges other than job loss.  Searching for jobs has become more advanced technologically.

"What does throw people off is that many job applications are online," Groten said.  "Sometimes those job applications are extremely difficult-our staff is here to assist them with those online applications."

APC currently employs 250 workers, making it one of the largest employers in Austin. 

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