$4.5 Million For Laid Off Workers

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$4.5 Million For Laid Off Workers

WSYX – Following a call from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the U.S. Department of Labor announced today the availability of more than $4.5 million in federal worker retraining funds to help nearly 700 Ohioans who were laid off when Masco Cop. Shuttered operations in Pike County. Earlier this month, Brown wrote to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, calling for the approval of a National Emergency Grant (NEG) application filed on behalf of workers at the Waverly company.

“This critical funding will help workers in southeast Ohio get back on their feet and prepare for jobs in growing sectors,” Brown said. “Skills training is critical to Ohio’s competitiveness. My focus remains on helping the community find a buyer for the Mills Pride Plant and bringing new employment opportunities to Pike County.”

In April 2010, Masco Corp. announced it would close the Mills Pride facility in Waverly. Brown remains committed to working with local and state officials to find a buyer for the plant that would retain and create jobs.

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