The departure of a longtime Vinita company hits this community hard. Cinch has been here for 4 decades. Now other businesses have started to feel the loss too.
At Snack City, the loss of one of Vinita's top 10 employers is already taking a nibble at its profits.
"A few of them have slowed down coming in since they found out."
Fewer customers taking bites of chicken and pizza pockets on a menu to attract a hungry crowd.
" Our food bar is the closest. they have a 30 minute lunch break," says Wayne Bowman at Snack City.
But the Cinch crowd is now considered a gamble.
As far as the Cinch crowd themselves, I've seen it slow down on that and I'd say through our lunch rush you're looking at 35 percent of our lunch is Cinch employees.
The company is moving...putting 120 employees and another 60 temporary workers out of work. But hope is on the horizon.
"Hypro is a manufacturing company that's having their grand opening on July 31st."
The Vinita Chamber hoping another company can fill the void
"So maybe some of the people from Cinch will be able to move over and go to work for Hypro," says J. C. Kinder.
Like Cinch, Hypro is a manufacturing plant too, but it builds tractor parts instead of aircraft parts, adding 60 jobs at first and then more. It's a start, as Vinita also becomes home to a new medical facility and another 100 jobs. It's an appetite that Snack City wants a bite of.
Oh you betcha and we're going to do our best to get some of it.
Cinch plans to leave Vinita by the end of the year when the company relocates to McAllen Texas.