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ETA News Release: [02/24/2014]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Egan Reich
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 or x4960
Email:
Kuruvilla.Jason@dol.gov or reich.egan@dol.gov
Release Number: 14-0306-NAT

Funding for re-employment services for workers affected by layoffs
at Blount International in Ore. provided by US Labor Department

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $275,517 National Emergency Grant to assist approximately 90 workers affected by layoffs at Blount International Inc., an outdoor equipment manufacturer located in Milwaukie and Portland, Ore.

"Today's grant will provide these former Blount International workers with re-employment services that are vital to ensuring that they re-enter the Oregon workforce as quickly as possible," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Eric M. Seleznow.

This grant, awarded to the Oregon Department of Community College and Workforce Development, will provide assistance to the former Blount International workers in conjunction with the training and supportive services they will receive as a result of their eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.

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.