Posted 10/29/2012 1:53:00 AM
The re-opening of the XL food plant in Brooks is affecting more people than you may realize. Gloria and her boyfriend bought their own semi. It’s a refrigerator unit and they are professional long haul drivers. Like all entrepreneurs they have company and personal bills to pay. Back in November they were hauling things south and veggies back when the client went under and cost them 40 grand. They picked up another company and lost 27 thousand when they closed their doors, with mortgage and truck payments due. Then XL shut down and left them really hurting. It always seems so romantic when you see those gleaming rigs on the highway. You can hear the music: Eastbound and down, loaded down and truckin’...Eighteen wheels and a dozen roses. Con-voy. Gloria says you may have felt sorry for the workers shut out of the plant, but she bets you didn’t even know ...