Date:April 20, 2009
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

LWC to Hold Orientation Sessions, Host Job Fair and Open Transition Center for Hunt Forest Products Workers

NATALBANY – The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Rapid Response Team will hold orientation sessions for the nearly 200 workers who will lose their jobs on May 10 when Hunt Forest Products closes its Natalbany plywood plant.

The sessions, which will be scheduled for workers by plant management, will be Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22, at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Thursday, April 23, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. All sessions will be held at the Natalbany plant at 48177 Hwy. 51 North.

Orientation sessions are designed to inform affected employees about the services available to them through the LWC’s Rapid Response Unit.

The LWC also will sponsor a job fair for workers on Tuesday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Louisiana Technical College — Hammond Campus at 111 Pride Drive.

In addition to the orientation sessions and job fair, an on-site worker transition center will open on Monday, April 27. Services to be provided at the transition center 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.

Workforce Commission services are offered at no cost to the employer and participating employees.

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