Reporting Sean Bennett
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s the end of an era for the Campbell’s Soup factory in Sacramento, where hundreds of employees reported to work for the last time Friday.
The mood was very somber as 290 workers were set to lose their jobs at the end of the shifts.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” Ricardo Mayorga said as he drove into the the plant for the last time.
“It sucks, but, you know, life goes on,” Marcus Taylor said.
But not before raw emotions were let out.
“People were kind of sad that I saw,” Taylor said. “There was a lot of crying and going on.”
The Campbell plant has been a staple in south Sacramento since 1947.
“It’s mind-boggling you know to lose all these jobs,” Mayorga said. “You kind of think about what else is out there, should you leave state? California has the best weather, but jobs are really not out there.”
This day has been coming for months since the announcement was made in September that Campbell was closing the plant. According to state records, the plant will lay off 320 more workers by May 1 and the final 150 by July 1 before the plant closes for good.
“We do the best we can with the cards that are dealt to us, so there’s nothing you can say about that,” Taylor said.
Many people we talked to Friday morning just didn’t want to go on camera. One person said, “It’s so sad. I don’t think I can get through the interview.”