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Midland Company Packing Up, Leaving Many Without Work

A Midland-based company founded more than 15 years ago is packing up and moving out.

MIDLAND -- A Midland-based company founded more than 15 years ago is packing up and moving out.

Ameritox is relocating, blaming the move in part on the oil boom.

Ameritox does drug testing for prescription medications.

Lon Wagner, director of communications for Ameritox, says that the oil boom has made it virtually impossible for him to hire employees, losing many of them to the oil fields.

Ameritox is a fairly large company, employing about 80 people, most of whom will now be without work.

The workers themselves have known about this for over a month.

Wagner says he's no longer able to fill jobs.  In one case, he was trying to fill the same position for over a year.

The decision to leave, Wagner says, wasn't an easy one.

"I wasn't kidding when I said it wasn't an easy decision for us.  There is a great deal of emotional connection to Midland," Wagner said.

Ameritox was founded in Midland in 1996 by two locals.

The company will now relocate to Greensboro, North Carolina.

Wagner did say that Ameritox is trying to provide current employees with assistance when finding new work, alerting them of job fairs and setting up computers where they could make resumes and hunt for new jobs.

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