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Frankfurt WB Frozen food factory workers struggle to find jobs

Katherine Espinal is six months pregnant and worked at WB Frozen in Frankfurt for two and a half years until last month.

The bakery, formerly known as Weston Foods, Maplehurst and Granny’s Kitchen, announced in February that it would close its facilities on May 23, leaving Espinal and more than 200 employees out of work.

With the layoff date approaching, it remains unclear to whom many of these workers will turn to find employment.

To help displaced bakers, a job fair was held May 4 at MVCC’s Jorgensen Athletic Center with dozens of employers seeking to fill entry-level positions. The fair was hosted by the New York State Department of Labor, Oneida County Office of Workforce Development, Herkimer County Employment and Training and the Center.

About 15 workers attended the job fair, said David Mathis, director of the Oneida County Workforce Development Office.

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