SHERMAN, Texas Just a week after layoffs at Caterpillar in Denison, another major Texoma employer is also cutting jobs, right before Christmas.
Royal Case has seen its fair share of problems in the last couple years: two fires at their Whitewright facility, one in January of this year, one in April 2015, and one at their Sherman facility in September of 2015.
Now we're told the company has let go several employees within the last week.
"We all sat down, and then our supervisor told us he is letting us go, we are being laid off and if we need any references to call him or whatever,” a former employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “And we need to leave immediately."
The former worker said she was hired on temporarily a few months ago, then asked to remain full time, until she was let go without explanation last Thursday.
"There is somebody there that has worked there for over ten years that got laid off, too,” she said. “There's a lady that worked there for over a year and a half that got laid off."
The woman said at least seven people were laid off on Thursday, and 15 on Friday.
We reached out to Royal Case last week for the exact number of layoffs and the reason why, and received this statement in response:
“Royal Case Co. has had substantial growth over the last 12 months, adding nearly 100 new jobs. Unfortunately, some of those projects are now approaching completion.”
Royal Case Co. was incorporated in 1982.
The website says the company employs 275 people at their three U.S. locations and 2,000 people globally, including their factories in Asia.
The former employee we spoke with said her husband is on disability, and his brother, who has Down syndrome, also lives with them. She had been working to support them all.
"I've got two kids and my brother so the Christmas traditions that we normally do, we have to hold off on them,” she said.
KXII reached out to Royal Case for more information about their layoffs on Monday. Our calls and emails were not returned.