Date:April 2, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department to conduct orientation sessions for workers affected by closure of Hood Industries facility

COUSHATTA –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will conduct orientation sessions to assist the 119 workers who will lose their jobs when Hood Industries closes its Coushatta mill on May 16.

Workers will have a choice of attending either an 8:30 a.m. or a 12:30 p.m. session on Monday, April 7, at the company’s facility at 306 Wilkinson St.

A worker transition center will be open at the facility from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays beginning Thursday, April 10 and will offer services through Thursday, April 24. The center will offer computers and Internet access and will assist the affected workers with job searches, skills assessments, training information and résumé preparation.

Hood Industries is a lumber manufacturer with other locations in Waynesboro, Miss. and Metcalfe, Ga. The layoffs are expected to begin May 2 and be completed by May 16.

“Establishing an on-site worker transition center creates a home-base environment for the affected workers,” said Greg A. Anders, state Rapid Response coordinator. “Workers are able to share potential job leads with their co-workers while in the process of determining their re-employment needs.”

Rapid Response assistance is available to workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings. The orientation sessions are designed to inform affected employees about the services available to them through the Louisiana Labor Department’s Rapid Response Program.

Services include job placement assistance, job counseling, job search workshops, labor market information, résumé preparation assistance, interviewing techniques, computerized job search assistance, veterans’ assistance information, occupational retraining, trade adjustment assistance, debt counseling, out-of-area job search assistance, relocation assistance, on-the-job training, unemployment insurance and other supportive services as needed.

Rapid Response services are offered at no cost to the employer or the participating employees.

More information about Rapid Response is available on the Department of Labor Web site at

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