WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits for 94 workers who were laid off when Thermagon, Inc. and Bettcher Manufacturing suspended their operations.

"There is nothing more disheartening than losing a job. Financial assistance and training programs are made to help workers have a soft landing and find a decent job as soon as possible. It is in the nation’s best interest to assist workers displaced by lop-sided trade deals while we work to revamp U.S. trade policy,” Senator Brown said.

The TAA program is a federal program that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. The program extends benefits including training for employment in another job or career, income support, job search allowance, and relocation allowances. Qualified workers may quickly return to employment through a combination of these services.