Emmett lumber company closes and leaves employees without checks

EMMETT, Idaho- Workers at Emerald Forest Products have still not been paid after closing down Thursday.

The lumber company had until midnight, Friday, to give approximately 50 employees the money they're owed. The Idaho Department of Labor is looking into the situation.

"They said maybe sometimes next week," said one worker who didn't want to be identified. "It's not right... I need to pay my bills."

The company received 8 million dollars of stimulus money in 2009 from the federal government to get the mill up and running.

Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little is from Emmett and tells KBOI 2News the closure is a terrible blow to the town. State schools will also be at a loss because the revenue from timber ground goes to them.

Little says he would like to see the mill operating again by a different company. He would also like the state to be involved instead of the federal government.