A plan to help displaced workers in north-central Iowa is working its way through Congress. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham says the House Appropriations Committee has approved legislation that helps prepare the workforce of the Fort Dodge/Webster City area for the upcoming layoffs at Electrolux.

Three-hundred-thousand dollars was secured for Iowa Central Community College to help analyze the workers’ current skills, match the skills with existing jobs in the region and provide vocational training.

Electrolux plans to eliminate seven-hundred of the current 19-hundred factory jobs in Webster City when it moves production of front-load washers and driers to a new factory in Mexico in late 2007 or early 2008.