$4.5M earmarked to aid laid-off Mill's Pride workers

WASHINGTON -- Workers displaced by the closing of Mill's Pride, the ready-to-assemble cabinet plant in Waverly, OH, owned by Masco Corp., will receive $4,593,515 in aid from the U.S. Department of Labor.

DOL said the funds, part of a National Emergency Grant, will provide re-employment services to some 690 workers affected by the closure of Mill's Pride. DOL noted that while layoffs at Mill's Pride's facilities in Waverly and Seal Township began last May, most of the layoffs began to take affect in June.

"Southern Ohio has been hit hard by the economic downturn, and many workers have been laid off through no fault of their own," said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "The Labor Department is committed to helping these workers prepare for good jobs in Ohio's growing industries, such as advanced energy, health care and food processing. Today's grant announcement helps fulfill this commitment."

Awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the grant will provide training and support services to the workers in conjunction with other re-employment aid they will receive as a result of their eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.

Masco, announced its intention to close the massive Mill's Pride complex last April. For most of the time since then, local and state officials have sought to find a buyer. 

Masco is the largest manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinets in the United States. Its holdings include Merillat, KraftMaid and Quality Cabinets.

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