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Hundreds will soon be out of work after Summerville plant closes

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Hundreds of people in Summerville are wondering how much longer they will have a job. Caterpillar announced they are closing their remanufacturing facility on Industrial road in Summerville.

The company announced that all 280 people will be let go by next summer.

Just down Industrial road from the large Caterpillar remanufacturing warehouse stands another, smaller warehouse, the site of Charleston Liquidation.

Owner Joshua Perry knows just how the Caterpillar employees are feeling, "I feel their pain." Perry was laid off himself, back in 2007. He worked for a local newspaper, "you start wondering, what are you gonna do?  What's gonna happen? But that's what got me into opening my own business. My wife and I own our own business."

These days, Perry's warehouse is full of bulk merchandise. His company buys it, then sell it to resellers by the pallet. The entire family helps with the business.

255 of the caterpillar employees are full time, and 25 are temporary workers. Caterpillar is offering severance packages to all of the full-time employees.

Perry has some advice to the men and woman who will soon be looking for work, "Stay tough. Stay strong. Things like this happen for a reason. It's what you do after something like this that determines your life."

Officials with Caterpillar say the first employees will be let go by the end of this summer, while the whole plant will be closed by mid-2014.

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