Time to support Rutland Plywood
More than 150 employees are facing the tragic loss of their jobs. Rutland should rally to help them in any way we can. Words of encouragement and friendly gestures are needed in this trying time, not insensitive comments like those exhibited in the Aug. 25 Herald.
Rutland is a great community and the heroic efforts by our firefighters was the first response. Commissioner Annie Noonan and her team at the Department of Labor worked quickly and timely for a rapid response to assist the employees. Teresa Miele, Rutland Plywoodís HR director, worked around the clock and put the employees of the company first. The Vermont Food Bank is mobilizing to make food available. Watching these efforts has made me proud to be part of the Rutland and Vermont community.
Words do matter, and I wish the focus today had been on the positive contributions Rutland Plywood has made to the community. The employees that I know who work there are hard-working individuals doing hard work to earn a living. To suggest otherwise is counter-productive. It is true that Rutland Plywood has given many people a second chance at a new start and many employees have seized that opportunity. Letís support them in any way we can to make this more bearable. I would like to personally thank Jack Barrett for all that he has done for our community and let him know that we support him and every member of the Rutland Plywood family during these trying times. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sen. KEVIN J. MULLIN