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Allied Systems Holdings closing, 100 workers to be laid off

MADISON (WKOW) -- The State Department of Workforce Development received notice from Allied Systems Holdings that it will close its terminal operations at 544 Kellogg Avenue in Janesville on or about February 26, 2010.

As a result of the closure, about 100 workers will lose their jobs. DWD and its regional partner, the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, are providing rapid response services to the affected workers.

Information on the Dislocated Worker Program is below:

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Dislocated Worker Program provides assistance to workers, companies, and communities affected by mass layoffs or business closings. 

Under state law, employers with 50 or more employees must give 60 days notice before a mass layoff or closing.  Once the state becomes aware of any event affecting 50 or more workers, the Dislocated Worker Program's Rapid Response Team is activated.

DWD Rapid Response staff will:

  • Verify the event;
  • Schedule an initial planning meeting with the company, union representatives and local service providers; schedule an orientation for affected workers;
  • Conduct an employee survey to determine services needed (usually done during orientation);
  • Assist in applying for additional funds to provide increased services to the workers;
  • Coordinate services among employment and training agencies.

Affected workers have access to numerous services to help them become re-employed.  Basic services, most of which are available to anyone at no charge through the state's Job Centers, include:

  • Job search and career planning assistance, resume assistance, job training and access to job search databases.

More intensive and retraining services can become available for some workers under one or more DWD Workforce development programs.  These intensive services can include:

  • Eligibility determination for programs, skills assessment, job search and placement assistance, career planning assistance, short term prevocational training and occupational training.

DWD will also look at each dislocation to determine if the workers have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade or competition.  If that is the case, DWD will help the workers to request additional funding from US DOL.  Workers might be eligible for additional assistance under the federal Trade Adjustment Act (TAA).  Services available under TAA include income support while in training, job search allowance and relocation allowance.

Wisconsin spends nearly $55 million annually serving approximately 35,000 dislocated workers in various programs.  Wisconsin consistently ranks highly among states in receipt of discretionary federal funding for dislocated workers.

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