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ETA News Release: [05/15/2009]
Contact Name: Peggy Abrahamson or Suzy Bohnert
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676
Release Number: 09-0534-BOS

U.S. Department of Labor announces $462,000 grant to assist workers in Maine affected by textile industry layoffs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $462,096 grant to assist approximately 100 workers affected by layoffs at True Textiles Inc. located in Guilford and Newport, Maine.

"This grant will allow affected workers in Maine to access training and services that will aid them in obtaining re-employment in growing regional industries," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Today's grant will be awarded to the Maine Department of Labor and will be administered by the Eastern Maine Development Corp. All of the workers targeted for assistance under this grant also have been certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Through this grant, workers will be able to access "wrap-around" services that are not available through the TAA program. These services may relate to career and skills assessments; case management; job search and follow up; resume and cover letter writing; and basic skills training. Training will focus on health care, business services and trade occupations, and will be provided through regional adult education programs and the Maine Community College.

True Textiles Inc., a leading producer of commercial interior fabrics, has been adversely impacted by foreign competition. On Oct. 21, 2008, True Textiles Inc. publicly announced previous and pending layoffs at the Guilford and Newport locations. Layoffs occurred from Sept. 15, 2008, through March 9, 2009.

This grant will be funded by resources made available for National Emergency Grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit www.doleta.gov/NEG/.