Fallon, NV - A 50-year-old non-profit organization that trains and finds work for mentally disabled people in Fallon and Fernley will likely shut down after the holidays.
Fallon Industries is filing for bankruptcy. That means the future of the 42 disabled workers who rely on the organization is up in the air. Two dozen trained staff members will also be out of a job when the organization likely closes by the end of January. Fallon Industries depends on state funding, but because of management and procedural issues, the state decided to pull contracts, leaving Fallon Industries with barely any money to operate.
"It's going to be devastating for the community as well as our clients and staff. It's not just us here, it's the whole town," says Debbie Escalante, executive director of Fallon Industries.
Fallon Industries also runs two thrift stores in Fernley and Fallon, which will also have to shut down.