The federal government is sending a big check to help north-central Iowa factory workers who were hit by layoffs this spring. The U.S. Labor Department announced today a $676,388 National Emergency Grant increment to continue providing re-employment services to workers who were affected by the layoffs at the Electrolux facilities in Webster City and Jefferson along with three of the company’s suppliers in Ames and Webster City.
More than 700 workers will be assisted by the funds, an increase from the original 450 served under the initial award. Last March, Electrolux closed its Webster City washer and dryer facility with the production now originating in Juarez, Mexico. Awarded to Iowa Workforce Development, the grant increment will provide eligible workers with continued access to training and support,in conjunction with other services they may receive as a result of their eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.
A grant of $1,352,776 was awarded in August, 2010, with half of it released initially. Today’s second and final increment completes the total amount awarded to the affected employees.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City