Last day for many Sentry Safe workers in Pittsford

Workers at Sentry Safe enjoyed a bittersweet luncheon Wednesday on their last day working at the plant (WHAM photo)

Pittsford, N.Y. (WHAM) - After decades of going to work every day and making safes, Sentry Safe workers were given lunch from Sticky Lips BBQ, and then sent home Wednesday.

Roughly 350 workers were employed at the plant in Pittsford, but a smaller number was at the plant for its last day.

Most of the workers will receive severance, but at least three workers told 13WHAM News they have no future employment lined up after today. It was a sad final day for workers at Sentry Safe. The 85-year-old company was founded by the Brush family.

Back in April, the company said it had been bought by Masterlock, which in turn decided to move the 350 jobs to Mexico.

Jim Brush told 13WHAM News in April that he felt betrayed by Masterlock, but knew there was nothing he could do.

Workers have known this day was coming and were dreading it. Linwood Poray started at Sentry in 1978, then left and came back 11 years ago.

He said it was like a family when the Brushes ran the company; they came down to the production floor and talked with workers, gave them birthday cards, holiday parties and treated them like family.

In a statement released Wednesday, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy acknowledged the difficult facing many of the workers.

Today is a tough day for our region. As a family-owned business, Sentry Safe served our community for three generations, providing jobs and producing high-quality products. The closing of Sentry Safe in Rochester and the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico is a sad reflection of the economic situation across our country. However, Rochester has shown its resiliency over the years when faced with similar job cuts at other companies. Rochester Chamber and our RBA Staffing division have worked with Sentry Safe and Master Lock since last year's closing announcement to find interested workers new jobs in our area and we continue to do so.

The fate of Sentry Safe was the topic of discussion for presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally in the area in April.

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