State agencies working to help families after paper mill closes
Posted: 6:00 AM, May 03, 2019
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ANNAPOLIS, MD - JANUARY 16:
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) addresses the media before his second inauguration at the Maryland State House January 16, 2019 in Annapolis, MD. Hogan is the first Republican Governor of Maryland to be inaugurated for a second term since the 1950's when Theodore Roosevelt Keldin served two terms from Jan. 1950 to Jan. 1959.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration says state agencies are working to help workers affected by the closing of the Luke Paper Mill in western Maryland.
The governor announced Thursday that state agencies are communicating with local officials to provide support and to seek state and federal funding and grant options.
The state's labor and commerce departments are partnering with local economic development offices to place workers within other companies that are hiring.
The Verso Corp. announced Tuesday it was closing the mil in response to the continuing decline in customer demand for the grades of coated freesheet paper produced at the mill, along with rising input costs.
The company says about 675 employees are affected by the closure.
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