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ETA News Release: [01/10/2012]
Contact Name: Gloria Della or Clarisse Young
Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x5051
Release Number: 11-1821-BOS

US Department of Labor awards grant to assist displaced Massachusetts workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $738,179 grant to assist about 320 workers affected by layoffs from Evergreen Solar Inc. in Devens and Marlborough, Mass., and two staffing companies, Advantage Technical Resourcing and Kelly Services.

"Former workers of Evergreen face significant obstacles in finding good jobs in their region," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates. "This grant will provide workers with access to re-employment and retraining services to help them obtain jobs in growing industries."

The funds are being awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development. They will be used to assist these dislocated workers, who are also certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, by providing employment-related services not available through the TAA program.

Layoffs at Evergreen began in January 2011 and continued through May. Workers also were separated from Advantage Technical Resourcing and Kelly Services, which provided on-site leased workers to Evergreen, throughout that period.

Of the $738,179 announced today, $329,776 will be released initially. Additional funding will be made available as the commonwealth demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

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 http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.