Grant aids laid-off Hinckley Yachts workers

Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 8:22 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

TRENTON, Maine — Workers who have been laid off from Hinckley Yachts are getting some assistance from the federal government in the form of a grant of nearly $400,000.

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation said Monday that the U.S. Department of Labor had awarded an emergency grant of $394,617 to aid the workers.

Adam Fisher, spokesman for the state Department of Labor, said the money would help provide job search and retraining services to people who were laid off by Hinckley between the end of last year and this past summer.

Fisher said the services would be offered through the department’s Career Center in Bangor. Some of the money can go toward travel or moving expenses associated with retraining or relocating for a new job, he said. The grant will help displaced Hinckley workers receive job training, either on the job or in the classroom, as well as one-on-one career assessments and planning services from a job counselor, he said.

Because of a decline in orders, which was brought on by the sagging economy, Hinckley laid off approximately 90 people from its Trenton production facility in the past year. Last month, the company announced its plans to rehire up to 85 people at its multiple locations on the East Coast. Between 30 and 40 of those positions are expected to be in Trenton, according to company officials.

Fisher said officials expect about 60 former Hinckley workers to be able to receive services through the grant. He said any such workers who want to find out more about the program may call the Bangor Career Center at 888-828-0568.

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