Laid-Off Andersen Window Workers Get $656K in Grant Aid

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 03/21/2012 1:27PM


Andersen Windows & Doors WASHINGTON - Approximately 150 workers laid off late last year by Andersen Windows & Doors are covered in a $656,098 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide employment-related assistance.

Most of the laid-off employees worked at Andersen's Bayport, MN, facility; a few worked at the Renewal by Andersen facility in Cottage Grove, MN.

Andersen Windows announced in November that it would lay off about 250 of its total 9,000 employees due to the prolonged housing slump.

The Andersen Window grant is being awarded to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to be used for training and re-employment support services in conjunction with Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.

"Even as our economic recovery picks up steam, workers in the hardest hit industries like residential construction face significant headwinds," said  Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates. "These funds will help them obtain the training and support services they need to compete for good jobs."


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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Jim Mammina    
Olympia WA  |  March, 22, 2012 at 06:11 AM

What a waste of money we don't have. Why is my responsibility to retrain someone who lost their job in MN?

Nebraska  |  March, 22, 2012 at 07:38 AM

Jim, I'm sure the Anderson employees in MN would be saying the same thing about you if you were in their situation. What's the answer? I don't know, but I'm not sure it's 4 more of Pres. Obama.


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