WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,222,904 National Emergency Grant to provide training and other services for approximately 175 workers affected by layoffs at Mersen USA, a manufacturer located in Newburyport, Mass., and Philips Lightolier, a lighting company located in Wilmington, Mass.
"For many workers, the ability to obtain jobs in in-demand industries after a layoff takes an investment in gaining new skills after years in the workforce," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "This federal grant will provide the services these workers need to help them find success in new occupations."
The grant, awarded to Massachusetts's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, will provide assistance to the former Mersen and Philips workers in conjunction with the training and supportive services they will receive as a result of their eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.
Of the $1,222,904 announced today, $641,983 will be released initially. Additional funding, up to the amount approved, 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.