Salami factory helps fmr. employees find work

August 3, 2009 10:41:01 PM PDT
A burned-out shell of a warehouse is all that remains of the Columbus Salame slicing and packaging facility. A July 23 fire gutted the building in South San Francisco.

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Of the 95 employees that worked at the facility, Columbus has only been able to continue to employ 44 of them.

But the company is doing what it can to help the former employees. Just days after laying them off, Columbus took out a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle pleading for work for the laid off employees. There has been some response from other local companies.

"We've been getting calls from outplacement companies and hopefully this is going to lead to something else and I think other organizations are understanding and we're hopeful they're going to find placement; these are good people, some of them have been with us for over 20 years," Columbus CEO Ralph Denisco said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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