Posted: May 18, 2013 7:41 AM by Jacqueline Quynh - MTN News
Updated: May 18, 2013 12:15 PM
MISSOULA - Up to 300 people in the Missoula Valley and around Montana may be out of a job.
MTN News received a call Friday morning from an employee of Highway Technologies, a national company known for paving roads, redirecting traffic, and other road construction projects. He said employees were told the company has shut down.
One employee told us Highway Technologies has 25 projects in the state, in Polson, Glacier National Park and elsewhere.
We visited the Missoula office to find out what was going on, but no one would talk. A person we spoke with at Highway Technologies corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas says their employees are no longer working at this point, but she wouldn't elaborate.
However, workers outside of the Missoula office tell us a different story and say they were caught off guard by the news.
"My boss said, 'you wouldn't believe it,' but he had gotten a call from his boss that says today at 5 o' clock that we were done, everybody. You feel like you've been kicked in the stomach." Steve Zetterberg said.
Zetterberg has been working with the company for 28 years. He tells us he's disappointed he will not have the chance to thank his co-workers for their hard work.
Other, former employees tell us they were told this was a national shutdown, and that all 33 offices across the U.S. were affected. But there's no confirmation of that.