Date:June 29, 2007
Contact:Ed Pratt @ (225) 342-3035

More than 250 attend Labor Department job fair for Tembec employees
40 businesses seeking to hire workers

ST. FRANCISVILLE – Today’s Labor Department job fair for Tembec employees attracted more than 250 jobseekers in its first four hours. The employees of the paper mill will lose their jobs when the St. Francisville facility closes on July 31.

The job fair, organized by the Labor Department’s Rapid Response unit, had 40 businesses in attendance. Volunteers for the event included the Chamber of Commerce of West Feliciana, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and Tembec employees.

“We had a really good turnout,” said Rapid Response Coordinator Bonnie McKneely. “The employers were impressed with the workers and the workers seemed to be satisfied.”

The job fair will continue until 7 p.m. tonight at the Best Western St. Francis Hotel on the Lake at 7059 U.S. Hwy. 61 North.

Following the conclusion of the event, Rapid Response staff members will assess the outcome and determine if there’s a need for a second job fair, McKneely said.

Rapid Response is an early intervention outplacement service offered to workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings. These services are offered as a group activity at no cost to the employer or the participating employees.

For more information about Rapid Response services, visit the Louisiana Department of Labor Web site at

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