Heartland News has taken dozens of calls from concerned employees and their families stating Fortis Plastic LLC informed them the operation would shut down in a few weeks.
From the front office in Poplar Bluff, to the corporate headquarters in South Bend, Indiana - no one with the company would confirm the shut down as of 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.
However, employees we spoke with say their supervisors sat them down this week to inform them they'd soon be out of a job.
"It's going to be hard," said Violet Sullivan. Sullivan worked for five years as a machine operator.
She and another operator, Donna Nelson, both say they had a feeling the days of Fortis could be numbered.
"We didn't have enough material," said Nelson. "There were just a lot of rumors."
Nelson, Sullivan, and other employees say they got the news during regular meetings at the beginning of their shifts.