News 12 at six o'clock, September 17, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Today marks the first day back on the job for Castleberry's employees since July 21, 2007. Castleberry's worker Ronald Lambert says, "My Lord and savior, I want to thank him in the name of Jesus Christ for allowing us to come back to the plant."
Ronald says he is hoping things will get back to normal. "We rectified this situation now we're back on track, and our goal is to go for perfection. We're going 110 percent."
The plant opened ahead of the projected schedule of October. Castleberry's recalled more than 80 products in response to a botulism scare. At least four cases of botulism were reported throughout the United States, forcing a temporary shutdown. But that is all a thing of the past.
Ruth Crawford is former director of the neighboring Shiloh Community Center. Following Castleberry's temporary closing, the center was vandalized at least twice. She says, "People who are idle have got to have a place to hang out, and when there are vacant buildings or closed company's there gonna hang out in those places. So it is protection for us to have them open."
Mrs. Crawford says she held out hope it would just be a matter of time before Castleberry's reopened. "I mean, they are like a ball," she said. "They were hit hard, but they are bouncing back."
Ronald says he is glad to be back. He says, "Thank you, because it's all about Jesus."