Date:May 30, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department Rapid Response unit to open worker transition center for Shreveport Plastech employees

SHREVEPORT –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will open a worker transition center to assist the 168 workers who will lose their jobs when automotive molding supplier Plastech Engineered Products, Inc. closes its Shreveport manufacturing facility.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 6, at Plastech’s facility at 9630 Interport Drive. The center will offer computers, Internet access and staff to assist the affected workers with job searches, skills assessments, training information and résumé preparation.

Plastech, headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., supplies moldings to General Motors. The company is closing its Shreveport manufacturing facility because of an economic downturn in its business. The layoffs will begin on June 30.

Orientation sessions were conducted on May 14 and 15. 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 training, 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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