BAY COUNTY, Fla. (From news reports) - The whistle has blown at the Panama City Paper Mill for the last time.
After providing hundreds of jobs for many generations, the Bay County staple is now officially closed.
"It is certainly a heartbreaking day, not only for the community but for those employees," Carol Roberts, Bay County Chamber of Commerce President.
With the mill closing, hundreds of people are without jobs. However, there are opportunities available according to one local official.
The paper mill has been the place that has fed generations of Bay County families.
Several of the workers said they spent the day cleaning out their lockers and saying their final goodbyes.
Employees were told they would receive severance and outplacement assistance in accordance with company policy and labor union agreements.
Even with other job prospects on the horizon, the paper mill closing still leaves many locals as empty as the paper rolls inside.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office, Bay District School Board, Trane Manufacturing, Port Panama City, Eastern Shipbuilding, and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport are just a few of the local companies that have offered jobs to former paper mill employees.