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Former Ormet employees rally for unemployment extension

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Gentile, Garrison among politicians that joined the rally on Saturday

CLARINGTON, Ohio -- Hundreds of former Ormet Corporation employees gathered on Saturday, hoping to grab the attention of federal lawmakers.

According to a United Steelworkers spokesman, the unemployment benefits of about 700 former Ormet employees expired on Saturday. In response, many Monroe County residents gathered in Clarington to rally for an extension.

Sen. Lou Gentile, Rep. Jack Cera, and Jennifer Garrison - the Democratic candidate for Ohio's Sixth Congressional District - joined union members on Saturday morning. Garrison said she believes "it's time for the federal government to step in" to help the region's "hurting families."

The Ormet Corporation's Hannibal plant will close at the end of July. The company announced in October it would close its plant along the Ohio River and lay off more than 1,000 workers after state utility regulators rejected portions of its proposed deal for reducing electricity costs.

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