Some employees of the P.J. Clark Lumber Co., in Cerulean have been laid off, and a rapid response activity was offered earlier this week to discuss unemployment benefits and job training opportunities with the workers.

Business liaison Tom Sholar of the West Kentucky Workforce Board said officials don’t know whether the lay-offs reflect a temporary or permanent closure of the business, which just last fall announced its plans to move into the former Little River Dry Kiln facility in Cerulean.

“They’ve been very tight-lipped,” Sholar said of workforce attempts to contact the company.

Sholar said some of the P.J. Clark employees came into the Kentucky Career Center, but no one from the company had as of last week responded to the center’s efforts to get information about the lay-offs.

The rapid response activity took place Tuesday at the Renaissance Center in Cadiz, and employees who attended were able to learn about programs to help them with future employment, the possibility of any education and training available to them and funding that may be able to help.

Questions about unemployment insurance were also answered.

The event was provided by the career center in conjunction with partners including the workforce board and American Job Center.

Sholar said officials don’t know how many people have been affected by the lay-offs at the lumber company, and they don’t know if the lay-offs represent a full closure of the company.

Just last month Carter Hendricks, executive director of the South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council, mentioned the company in a list of industries he described as success stories in the three-county region that includes Trigg, Todd and Christian counties.

During that Aug. 29 meeting, he said the P.J. Clark Lumber company was operational.

Officials announced plans last September for the company to produce kiln-dried softwood and hardwood lumber at the facility in Cerulean.

A press release from Gov. Andy Beshear’s office noted at the time that the company would source its lumber from local partners in the state and was expected to create 13 full-time jobs during its first year of operation.

Calls to the company from the newspaper were unanswered as of presstime.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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