About 20 to 30 Texomans are now looking for work because they were temporarily let go Friday morning. City officials say Natura World in Wichita Falls is temporarily closing.
Tim Chase, Chamber of Commerce President, says times are tough right now."Anytime you have a manufacture of consumer goods in our current economy you're going to see ups and downs." In addition Chase says the vendor Natura World was manufacturing mattresses for got their order, but did not reorder and right now there is no work. Chase adds, "It's just not producing what any of us had hoped for."
The Canadian based mattress company is struggling. Chase says the city spent millions of dollars all to bring Natura World's mattress operation to Wichita Falls. In return the company promised to create over 400 jobs in the next 10 years. Chase comments, "That loan is secured by assets. So if for some reason Natura doesn't create the jobs that they are supposed to create, then they have to pay back those loans to the city."
Chase says he is concerned about the layoffs, but is staying optimistic. "We all are concerned for the families, their friends, and they are all in our thoughts and prayers."
City officials say they do not know how long the temporary layoff's will last or how long Natura World's mattress operation will be temporarily closed.