Date:May 15, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department Rapid Response unit to assist workers affected by closure of Skyline Homes

BOSSIER CITY –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will open a worker transition center to assist the 82 workers who will lose their jobs when Skyline Homes, Inc. closes its Bossier City Division on July 5.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 19 through Friday, May 23, at Skyline’s facility at 1650 Swan Lake Road. The center will offer computers, Internet access and staff to assist the affected workers with job searches, skills assessments, training information and résumé preparation.

Skyline produces manufactured and modular homes. The company’s Bossier City Division will begin reducing staff on June 13 and will continue in stages until the facility closes around July 5.

Orientation sessions were conducted on May 13. These sessions introduced the affected workers to the services available to them through the Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit.

Services include job placement assistance, job counseling, job search workshops, labor market information, résumé preparation assistance, interviewing techniques, online 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 information, 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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