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Date:November 9, 2007
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department to assist workers affected by closure of Valentine Paper Mill in Lockport
Rapid Response Unit to conduct orientation sessions

LOCKPORT –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response Unit will begin a series of orientation sessions to assist the 83 employees who will lose their jobs when Valentine Paper Mill closes on Dec. 28.

The orientation sessions will be held at 7:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the mill at 139 Joe Brown Road in Lockport.

“We urge these employees to attend one of these sessions,” said Bonnie McKneely, State Rapid Response manager. “We want to prepare them now for the issues they will face and the decisions they must make in the coming weeks.”

The mill, owned by Michigan-based Dunn Paper, followed a recent national paper mill trend and has become economically unable to support itself. The company has no plans to relocate any of Valentine Paper’s current staff to its Michigan mill.

Rapid Response is an early intervention outplacement service offered to workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings. The services include: orientation meetings, job placement assistance, job counseling, job search workshops, résumé preparation assistance, interviewing techniques, occupational retraining, debt counseling, relocation assistance, on-the-job training, unemployment insurance and other supportive services as needed.

Rapid Response services are offered as a group activity at no cost to the employer or the participating employees. Individual services, such as crisis counseling, can be made available as needed.

More information about the orientation sessions is available by calling Greg A. Anders, Rapid Response coordinator at (225) 342-2934 or logging on to the Labor Department’s Web site at www.LAWORKS.net for more information about Rapid Response services.

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