Loss of Home and Job Precedes Couple's Marriage

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE: 10/11/12 @ 10 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In the span of just two weeks, a man lost his home and then his job following a large amount of layoffs at Special Metals.

However, he says what he's gaining this weekend more than offsets his problems.

Two weeks ago Craig Martin and his fiancé Kuristen Cooper woke up to find their home on Walnut Street in Huntington burning.

"I could hear the walls crackling," Cooper said.

“It was an awful time,” Martin said. “You put your hopes and dreams into a home, and you got to sit there and just watch it burn."

A week later, Martin was coming to grips with losing his home when he faced another big loss.

“I went to work, and they let me know I was being laid off," he said.

He was among more than 80 employees who were laid off from Special Metals.

"It happens to a lot of people nowadays,” he said. “They can't find a job, and if they do find a job, it doesn't last very long."

The couple's honeymoon had to be canceled, but their wedding is still on, set for this Saturday.

The couple has gotten a head start on the "for better or worse" part.

"It's a big test,” Cooper said. “We're getting through it. We're still together. A house isn't going to break us. A job isn't going to break us. We're still together."

"She's always there for me,” Martin said. “It's a real good feeling."

The First Response Restoration group out of Hurricane is working on restoring Martin's home. They told him it would take about four months.

Special Metals' parent company has said they may bring the laid off workers back on if business improves.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- 81 workers at Special Metals in Huntington and Burnaugh, Ky. are out of a job.

Dwight Weber, a spokesman for Precision Castparts, the parent company for Special Metals, tells WSAZ.com that 74 workers were let go at the Huntington plant.

Seven were laid off at the Burnaugh, Ky. plant.

Weber says adverse business conditions are to blame.

Most of the workers came from the production and maintenance departments.

After the layoffs, 542 hourly employees work at the Huntington plant and 125 in Burnaugh.

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