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Ormet Corp. workers dealing with aftermath of closure

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ODJFS sends "rapid response" team to help employees consider options

MONROE COUNTY, Ohio -- Dozens of displaced Ormet Corp. workers packed a Monroe County union hall on Tuesday afternoon, focused on getting back to work.
The state Department of Job and Family Services sent representatives as part of a "rapid response" team to help workers explore options available to them, from new jobs to benefits. More than 900 workers from southeastern Ohio were impacted by the closure of the aluminum production plant, announced earlier this month.
Ormet officials said they were forced to shut down the Hannibal plant after a rate reduction settlement failed to compensate for budget shortfalls. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sat down with Ormet and AEP Ohio officials earlier this month to settle the long-time rate dispute. Ormet said a multi-million dollar sale to Wayzata Investment Partners was contingent on lowering the amount the company paid for electricity.
The steelworkers' union and Monroe County Commissioners called on Gov. John Kasich and other state lawmakers to intervene of behalf of the leading employer in Monroe County, but to no avail.
It was unclear how many displaced workers would be able to find employment through the state's "rapid response" program.

Z. Daniel Barnett

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