Brown Urges Approval of Funds to Help Workers Affected by Masco Closure in Pike County

National Emergency Grant Funding Would Help More Than 1300 Southeast Ohio Workers Who Were Laid Off When Masco Corp. Shuttered Operations Retrain for New Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today called for swift approval of worker retraining funds for the more than 1,300 Ohioans who were laid off when Masco Cop. Shuttered operations in Pike County. In a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Brown asked for the approval of a National Emergency Grant (NEG) application filed on behalf of workers at the Waverly company.

“Southeast Ohio’s workers are second-to-none in work ethic, dedication, and productivity,” Brown said. While I remain committed to helping the community find a buyer for the Mills Pride Plant, this critical assistance will help Masco Corp.’s workers and their families get back on their feet and transition to new employment opportunities.”

In April 2010, Masco Corp. announced it would close the Mills Pride facility in Waverly. Brown remains committed to working with local and state officials to find a buyer for the plant that would retain and create jobs. 

 

June 3, 2011

 

 The Honorable Hilda Solis

Secretary

 U.S. Department of Labor

 200 Constitution Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20210

 

Dear Secretary Solis:

I am writing in strong support of the National Emergency Grant (NEG) filed on behalf of the workers at Masco Corp.  In April 2010, Masco announced that it would close its manufacturing facilities in Waverly, Ohio.  This decision will adversely affect more than 1300 hardworking Ohioans and will present significant economic challenges for the entire southeast Ohio region. 

 As the Department of Labor reviews the application, I am confident you will find it meets the objectives of the NEG program.  Such critical assistance will greatly help the affected workers and their families get back on their feet while providing the community with the necessary resources to help the workers transition to new employment opportunities.       

I urge you to give urgent attention to this matter, as a timely response is needed for the workers, their families, and the surrounding communities.  Please keep my office informed on the status of this application.    

Your response should be directed to my Cleveland Office, 1301 East 9th St. Suite 1701, Cleveland OH, 44114. 

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Sherrod Brown

United States Senator

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