70 people out of work at Lynchburg Steel & Specialty Co.

Amherst County and steel company are helping employees find new jobs

AMHERST, Va. – After the announcement of Lynchburg & Steel Specialty Company closing, Amherst County leaders are working to help employees find new jobs and market the facility to a potential buyer.

Amherst County economic development confirmed with WSLS 10 that 70 people lost their jobs at the steel plant.

Twenty-two people were laid off Friday and the rest will continue to work until the end of summer.

In the meantime, the county has set up a rapid response team to help those affected.

“There are a lot of companies in Amherst County who are looking to for these highly skilled, especially welders and fitters and folks like this. We are hoping that they will be able to find good employment quickly, but of course, we want to make sure that they do. So anything that we can do to help assist with that. That's what we're trying to do,” said Victoria Hanson the executive director of the economic development authority.

For those who lost their jobs, officials recommend they contact the Region 2000 Workforce Center at 434-455-5940.

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