And when the plant closed last year, he wasn’t very surprised, given the state of the automotive industry. Although the closing was announced last September, Calhoun was let go on March 6.
“I was at Johnson Controls for 16 years and about seven months,” Calhoun said. “If I had made it to August of this year, I would have been there 17 years.”
Calhoun said that since being laid off, he has applied for jobs at between 35 and 40 different places, but to no avail yet. He says it doesn’t seem like there are any jobs to find sometimes. He also said that although he keeps looking at help wanted ads, many of those ads are for truck driving jobs, and he doesn’t have a commercial driver license.
Currently, Calhoun is going to school for industrial maintenance technology, and will be going to school for a two year degree. But he would like to find a new job as soon as possible, so he can help his family.
“(School) is going okay. There’s a whole lot of writing. I’ve been out of school for about 20 years, so that makes it kind of hard,” Calhoun said. “I’d rather go to work.”
Calhoun said he is currently taking English, algebra, history, electrical wiring and circuits classes, and also said he spends much of his Mondays and Wednesdays and part of his Thursdays in those classes, and added that he often has homework in those classes.
He also said he gets $10 a day for every day that he goes to school from WIA.
Calhoun has a wife, who is working and two children, a nine-year old who is in fourth grade and a 19-year old who has just entered college. “It’s been real hard,” Calhoun said about being unemployed.
Despite that, he said he and his family are managing to get by.