The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 28, 2013

RES lays off workers at Carthage plant

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — In an effort to streamline operations and costs, Renewable Environmental Solutions (RES) has laid off fewer than 30 employees, a company spokesman said Monday.

Jim Fuller, general manager of the plant, said the company is undergoing a change in management.

“As this transaction was going on between the management groups, they saw we were a little fat for winter operations and that led to some layoffs,’’ he said.

Fuller said he is unsure about the exact number of people who were laid off, but said it was fewer than 30 employees. He said the number was closer to “a handful’’ of employees.

“We’re running Monday through Friday still producing fuel,’’ he said.

The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri and the Missouri Career Center will have a layoff and re-employment informational meeting for the individuals affected by the layoff at RES at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the community room of the Carthage Water and Electric Plant, 627 W. Centennial Ave.

Those attending the meeting are asked to enter directly into the community room at the east end of the parking lot. They should not enter via the utility reception desk.

Attendees will be presented with information about unemployment insurance and job-search assistance, including various training opportunities and re-employment services available to them through the Missouri Career Center.

Fuller, who took over as manager of the plant in early November, said the recent layoffs are the first since the plant resumed operations in March 2011 after being idle for 23 months.

“As we go forward, the people who have been laid off will have the first opportunity to come back should additional workers be needed in the future,’’ he said.