He said the community knew that at some point the Greyhound contract for ABC would come to an end, but when the news came, it was still sad.
“It will be difficult to not see the Greyhound buses drive in or be towed in and then go back out (refurbished),” Kitson said.
Nappanee is no longer the place where an announcement like this one is part of a series of bad employment news. The city has been riding the wave of the boom in recreational vehicle production and along Oakland Avenue and throughout the city’s industrial parks, there are “help wanted” signs posted at the many RV plants.
“We hear it all the time,” Kitson said, “workers are needed, workers are needed.”
He said the Chamber will be working with ABC to get news of local job openings to employees.
Kitson also praised the leadership of ABC Companies, saying the company provided a lot of training for its workers and also became involved in the community while also running a good operation that respected the local work force. He said people present at Monday’s announcement told him some workers shook hands with company officials and thanked them for providing jobs.
“That speaks highly of who we are in Nappanee and the company,” Kitson said.
In the end, he said, the city and the workers will recover from the loss.
“It’s a bump in the road,” Kitson said. “Nappanee has always been good at coming together when there is a bump in the road. The people come together and smooth things out.”