Federal gov. awards $1M grant to assist laid-off workers in Bristol County

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WASHINGTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $1,081,678 grant to provide employment-related assistance to 120 residents affected by layoffs and closings at 16 manufacturing companies in Bristol County, Mass.

The companies are A. L. Ellis Inc., Alliance Paper Co., Inc., American Dryer Corp., Blount Fine Foods, C & E Industries, Corporate Image Apparel, Inc., Findings, Inc., Griffin Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lightolier (Gentyle Thomas Group LLC), New England Electropolishing, Rapster, Inc., Reflek Corp., Rock-Tenn Co., Spectrum Lighting, Inc., Swan Dyeing and Printing Corp., and Victor Residential (formally Quaker Fabrics).

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.

Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Eric Seleznow says the grant was issued to help the workers who may lack the necessary skills and education to transition into jobs in other industries.

The grant will be operated by the Bristol Workforce Investment Board. The funds will provide workers with employment and training services, including Adult Basic Education, General Educational Development (GED) certificates, job-search services, and vocational skills training. The workers will be able to access services at any of the American Job Centers in Massachusetts at http://jobcenter.usa.gov/.

For more information: http://www.doleta.gov/NEG