Governor Announces New Hampshire to Seek $1 Million National Emergency Grant to Assist Berlin Mill Workers

From the Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch announced today that the state has applied to the US Department of Labor for a $1 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) to assist 250 laid off workers from the Fraser Papers pulp mill.

The state's Workforce Opportunity Council has applied for the grant.

" New Hampshire state government is committed to doing everything possible to assist workers affected by the planned closure of the Fraser pulp mill. A National Emergency Grant would provide critical assistance to workers to help them with re-employment and job searches, " Gov. Lynch said.

Dick Anagnost, Chair of the Workforce Opportunity Council, said the funds would be used to support activities at a Worker Assistance Center that was established by the Council for workers and their families.

Approximately 250 workers from the pulp mill will end their job on May 6. The NEG funds will be used to offer a variety of re-employment, job search and career counseling services, said Anagnost. In addition, workers can access job-training funds from the federal Trade Act.