EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — More than 260 workers from the Great Northern Paper Co. in East Millinocket have been deemed eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced Wednesday.
The assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor will help displaced millworkers get resources to prepare to re-enter the workforce.
The Main Street mill shut down Jan. 23 due to high production costs and plummeting market prices, the mill’s spokesman said at the time.
GNP laid off the bulk of its workforce Feb. 26.
Michaud worked at the GNP mill for three decades before he was elected to Congress.
“I’m very pleased that the hardworking, displaced East Millinocket employees — some of whom I worked with on the mill floor — are now eligible to receive this critical lifeline,” Michaud said.
“This assistance is an important step toward helping the dedicated and skilled men and women from GNP,” he said.
Trade Adjustment Assistance is a program of the U.S. Department of Labor designed to help workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or a shift of production outside the United States.
TAA provides workers with re-employment services and benefits to help them find new jobs and get back to work.