US Department of Labor announces grant to assist workers affected by layoffs at Thompson/Center Arms in Rochester, NH

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $248,878 National Emergency Grant to provide training and re-employment services for about 60 workers affected by layoffs at Thompson/Center Arms in Rochester, N.H., which began in January and will continue through the end of the year.

"This grant will help these dislocated workers by equipping them with the skills necessary to obtain good, stable jobs in New Hampshire's high-growth industries," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Awarded to the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, the grant will be operated by Southern New Hampshire Services Inc. to prepare the workers for other manufacturing positions available in the area, as well as for positions in non-manufacturing companies in the southern New Hampshire labor market.

Thompson/Center Arms is a firearms manufacturer that produces pistols, rifles and accessories. The company became a part of Smith & Wesson Holdings in 2007.

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. For more information, visit

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