LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The day started a little differently for around 100 GE Lufkin employees Thursday morning.
"We went into a meeting, and we didn't know what it was about. It turned out to be a lay-off," said Joseph Cranford, a former GE Lufkinemployee.
"I feel like it could have all been prevented. We were all hard workers," said Darrius Walker, another former employee.
Most of them shared the feeling of disappointment, but many of them showed up at Texas Workforce Solutions this morning to take the first steps in moving forward. It was an orientation and job fair created for them in a rapid response.
"I had been working there four years, and I hate to leave like this," Cranford said.
The Workforce Solutions office had businesses set up Friday to offer opportunities with several immediate openings. Spherion, Etech, Georgia- Pacific, TDCJ, and several other staffing companies came out to reach out to the former employees.
"They're from here, and we know it's a hard time for them. Our ultimate goal is to get them back to work," said Aaron Gant, an account manager.
"We all wanted our job and everything but we'll get a call back eventually," Walker said.
The former employees seemed to be hopeful Friday. Some said the layoff happened sooner than they expected, but the ones who showed up Friday only a day after they were laid off had one goal.
"Hopefully we find something and can move on," Walker said.