Auburn community aiming to provide assistance to former MasterBrand Cabinet employees

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Adesmond Roberts is one of the 445 former employees who was told he would be without a job due to the MasterBrand Cabinets plant in Auburn shutting down. He has a wife and children.

"My wife just told me to put my trust in God, and that's what I do," said former employee Adesmond Roberts.

He says he worked at the plant for three years and wasn't planning to leave.

"I just turned down a job last Wednesday and I was planning on staying with the company. I liked the hours and I liked the people, my co-workers. I turned down that job and next thing you know, they are giving me this news. I'm out of that job and this one," explained Roberts.

The city of Auburn is expressing their support for those affected by the closure in this statement from Auburn Mayor Bill Ham:

We are committed to helping these individuals find meaningful employment, and I am confident that our workforce development division will do everything in its power to help them find new jobs.

One on One Staffing, a staffing company based in Opelika wants to help those affected families with a food drive and more.

"Thursday and Friday they can come in and drop off any canned goods and non-perishable foods so that we can be prepared for the food pantry to open up next Thursday. I'm also going to donate two thousand dollars to go pick up food," says Shakea Miller with One on One Staffing.

They're still working to find a location for the drive. As for Roberts, he said he's keeping his head up despite the circumstances and hopes things work out for he and his former co-workers.

"Right now, I'm just applying for other jobs, so somebody is going to take a chance with me and let me work for their company. That's what I'm hoping for and I'm hoping all of my old co-workers get the same chance," said Roberts.

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