Echo Lake Foods employees seek work at job fair

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BURLINGTON (WITI) -- Where do we go from here? That question is being asked of hundreds of Echo Lake Foods workers not without a job in Burlington.

Michael Ayers is out of work and with little money to support his mother and brother. He knows his livelihood is on the line.

"Felt low felt pretty low, trying to figure out what I'm going to do, figure out how I'm going to survive," said Ayers.

It was an eight-alarm fire that gutted a warehouse at Echo Lake Foods on January 30th. 88 agencies throughout southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois rushed to contain the fire in the production area of the factory.

On Wednesday, February 13th, the Racine County Workforce Development Center sponsored a job fair in direct response to the fire and the displaced employees.

"It goes to show you that there's still a lot of good in society today and people are willing to step up and help when the chips are down," said ________.

There were more than 50 employers available for workers to meet on Wednesday. They range from temporary services and technical companies to food services. Many workers were filling out applications and passing their resumes off to potential employers.

Wednesday's job fair was open to Echo Lake Foods employees as well as the public.

Racine Co. Executive Jim Ladwig tells FOX6 News, some of the Echo Lake Foods workers have been transferred to different facilities. Others are working on the Burlington site doing other jobs. But that number is limited.

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