Governor Promises Assistance to Laid-Off Workers at Moosehead ManufacturingFebruary 08, 2007 - TRCAUGUSTA – Governor John Baldacci learned today that Moosehead Manufacturing, a furniture maker in Monson, will be closing.“This is difficult news for the employees at Moosehead and for Maine. The state will do everything possible to help those workers affected,” Governor John Baldacci said Thursday. “Our Rapid Response team from the Department of Labor is already putting into place an action plan to help them, and we will make sure that every available state and federal resource is put to work on their behalf.”The state also will send a team from the Department of Economic and Community Development to the community and is working with Maine’s congressional delegation to ensure the displaced workers receive assistance.Approximately 90 workers are expected to be laid off as early as next week. Another 30 will be released following liquidation of the company’s inventory.Moosehead has faced stiff competition from foreign imports, particularly from China. Despite efforts by the company to move into a new market with more upscale products, cheap imports undercut its operations.“This is an example of a traditional Maine industry taking a beating at the hands of unfair trade,” said Jack Cashman, the governor’s economic advisor. “Moosehead Manufacturing has a long history in Maine. This will be tough for the community.”The Maine Department of Labor’s CareerCenter Response team has scheduled an informational session for the workers impacted by the closure. The Rapid Response Session will be held at the College Center in Dover-Foxcroft on Monday, February 12 at 1:00 pm. Workers will receive information about how to file for unemployment benefits, health care resources, and state and community resources for laid-off workers. Moosehead Manufacturing workers who are unable to attend the Rapid Response Session are encouraged to contact the Dover-Foxcroft CareerCenter to learn more about resources available to them during their transition. The Dover-Foxcroft CareerCenter is located at the Pine Crest Business Park in Dover-Foxcroft and can be reached at (207) 564-8358 or TTY: (888) 697-2898.Moosehead Manufacturing laid-off several workers in 2006. At that time, the Maine Department of Labor was able to get the company certified under the Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA). TAA provides retraining benefits, extended unemployment, a health care tax credit, and relocation allowances to workers who lost their jobs due to foreign trade. Workers will be able to learn more about these benefits at the Rapid Response session Monday.NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.