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Date:June 27, 2008
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Labor Department to assist workers affected by closure of Beaird Industries

SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will conduct orientation sessions to assist the 275 workers who were laid off when Beaird Industries closed its Shreveport facility.

Workers will have a choice of attending a 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or a 4 p.m. session on Tuesday, July 1, or Wednesday, July 2, at the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center at 2206 Beckett St.

Beaird Industries transformed steel into wind towers at its fabrication facility at 601 Benton Kelly St. and marketed them to turbine manufacturers. The facility closed on May 19.

Rapid Response assistance is available to these and other 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 Department of Labor’s Rapid Response Program.

Services include job placement assistance, job counseling, job search workshops, labor market information, résumé preparation assistance, interview preparation, 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, unemployment insurance and other supportive services as needed.

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

Beaird employees can call the Louisiana Department of Labor Rapid Response coordinator at 318-283-0899 for more information.

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