April 22, 2018
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Laid-off workers in Ashland and Patten certified for federal assistance


BANGOR, Maine — Former employees of Fraser Timber Ltd. in Ashland and Anderson Hardwood Floors LLC in Patten are now eligible to apply for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced Friday.

Trade Adjustment Assistance is a Department of Labor program that helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or a shift of production outside of the United States, Michaud explained in a press release. He added that the program provides affected workers with a variety of re-employment services and benefits to help them find new jobs and get back to work.

“These workers lost their jobs through no fault of their own because of a flood of foreign imports,” said Michaud. “TAA benefits will provide these workers with important skills assessments, training, and job search assistance.”

An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor concluded that the workers at Fraser Timber Ltd. lost their jobs due to an increase in imports of dimensional lumber, the statement indicated. An investigation also concluded that workers at Anderson Hardwood Floors, a subsidiary of Shaw Industries Inc., who produced veneers for engineered hardwood flooring, lost their jobs due to an increase of imported products like or directly competitive with those produced in Maine.

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