Former employee: Several jobs cut at Monticello plant

Some former Regal-Beloit employees will be eligible to receive assistance from the federal government. (WLFI File Photo)
Some former Regal-Beloit employees will be eligible to receive assistance from the federal government. (WLFI File Photo)

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – A former employee says that over the past couple of months Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit has let go of 35 employees at its Monticello plant, which manufactures air flow, power transmission, motion control and power generation solutions.

Gloria Sanson-Swain had worked there for five years before getting laid off without any notice.

“Just upset trying to figure out how am I going to take care of the rest of my life now?” Sanson-Swain said.

Although she said she’ll be OK financially, she says that’s not the case for others including one who has three children.

“He’s trying to figure out how can he get a job now and keep his family supported,” she said.

Sanson-Swain claims 49 machines will be relocated to a plant in Guadalajara, Mexico.

She has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor to receive Trade Adjustment Assistance, which aids workers affected by outsourcing. She could qualify for workforce training and pay benefits.

According to Sanson-Swain, Regal said she and other co-workers don’t qualify for assistance.

“People in Washington that I talked to said that they felt we were going to get it. It was just, when are we gonna get it? Is Regal going to help us? Or is Regal going to just do what they have to do at the last moment?” Sanson-Swain asked.

She has also applied for unemployment but is still waiting to receive any benefits.

Right now, she just wants to get back to work as soon as possible.

“I’m just out looking for jobs,” said Sanson-Swain. “I’ve tried a lot of plants around locally, and they’re taking applications but nobody’s calling or anything like that.”

She said she’s tried getting in contact with Regal Beloit for assistance but has been unsuccessful.

“I will survive, but the guy with the three kids — I don’t know. I don’t know what he’s going to do,” said Sanson-Swain.

News 18 tried reaching out to the company, but have still not heard back as of Tuesday evening.