UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The closure at Clearon was a move South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said he didn’t see coming.
The company announced it’s shutting down in September for at least two months, blaming poor market conditions.
"A plant of the size of Clearon, if it would shutdown even temporarily it could have a pretty tough affect on our financial condition," Mullens said.
Mullens said in a worse-case scenario, the city could lose between $30,000 and $40,000 a month in B&O taxes if Clearon closes.
"That's a big hit,” he said. “So if it comes to something like that, then we've got to put our thinking caps on and see what we're going to have to do to adjust our budget to take that loss."
It's a closure that’s also putting neighboring businesses on high alert.
"It hurts everybody,” said Missy Moodispaugh with Mound Antique Mall. “It's just a domino effect. One triggers another."
Moodispaugh said Clearon’s closure could also hurt her bottom line.
"It's very sad because their lives are being put on hold but yet life still goes on," she said.
The plant wouldn’t comment on the closure but said roughly 20 people will be out of a job. According to a news release, the closure is temporary but could become permanent, depending on business conditions.
Mullens said they’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the future.
"The first thing that your thoughts go to is the folks that lose their jobs, and it's just tough," he said. "And we got to feel for them, number one, and then we'll worry about our end after that."
Company officials tell WSAZ.com about 20 workers will be temporarily laid off during this shutdown.
The South Charleston facility produces chlorinated dry bleach such as the tablets and chlorinating granules used in the swimming pool industry.
Company officials say the temporary shutdown is necessary because of poor market conditions over the past couple of years.
The company expects the facility to be closed for two to two and a half months, but it will depend on market conditions.
Clearon says this shutdown will help to reduce inventory levels and costs.
The shutdown will take place in mid-September.
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