MEDINA, N.Y. — "I think it's going to affect a lot of businesses, not just my own, because they are not going to have the money to spend on their families themselves," said Medina resident Erika Poole.
Poole owns a small clothing store on Main Street in Medina.
"I was, you know, quite busy the first two months I was open and the past two months have been really, really slow," said Poole.
She feels this is because of the many layoffs in Orleans County. Months ago, Chase in Albion laid off 400 employees. On Wednesday, just around the corner from her store, Baxter laid off 91.
"My home is falling apart as a whole. Orleans County in general, Medina, it's pushing people away. Whether its people that are employed by the companies, small business owners that aren't going to be able to survive without those people coming and buying things from us. Takes a toll on everybody," said Poole.
It's not just small business owners who are worried about their county.
"I think it puts us in a hole right now. These were companies that were located in almost the center of the towns, you know, and allowed for a lot of people to be able to not have to travel a long ways to make a means to be able to provide for their family," said Medina resident Candace Pitts.
Baxter, located on Park Avenue, manufactures surgical appliances and supplies. A spokesperson for the company said the decision was not easy but after the company suspended shipment of one of its products, they felt the layoffs were necessary. He says the company will not be leaving Medina and 370 employees will continue to work at that location.
"We have notified employees directly. They are in the process of rolling out transition services. This includes weekly payments of full time equivalent wages through January 3rd of 2014, plus severance, subsidized health care benefits and outplacement services," said spokesperson John O'Malley.
O'Malley says the Medina location is critical to the companies operations.