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Tornado-ravaged businesses keep employees working

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RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The structure is nothing but mangled metal. Even so, the ten employees at truck parts supplier FleetPride in Richland are still working.

"We're running shuttles out of Mobile, bringing parts out of the Mobile office," says Area Manager Robert Landrum. "We just got our laptops in, disaster laptops, which they will start as far as entering orders from that point. Our salesmen are door to door checking on customers."

FleetPride employees only lost one day of work. Richland Mayor Mark Scarborough says it's a similar story at other businesses that are heavily damaged or destroyed after Monday's tornado. On Tuesday, we talked to a Regional Manager at Auto Glass Now on the other side of Highway 49. That structure is also beyond repair, but the company found another building to operate out of to keep their employees working.

Scarborough says it's a good thing, because the effects of unemployment stretch beyond the worker who loses a paycheck.

"It affects the cities, Rankin County, the state, because of the loss of sales tax. All these businesses produce some type of sales tax. Whenever those are gone it affects all of us. Every citizen in Richland. Every citizen in Pearl, Brandon," he says.

The Mayor says he hasn't received any calls into his office from people who have lost their jobs due to storm damage. But those who are out of work can apply for unemployment benefits on the The State Department of Employment Security website, www.mdes.ms.gov

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