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 Ohio manufacturing workers in Youngstown who were laid off from Polyair Corporation.

 "Losing a job can devastate families and affect whole communities," Brown said. "These funds will help ensure that these displaced workers in Youngstown have the financial support and training opportunities to get a fresh start."

 Approximately 70 workers will qualify for TAA benefits because an increase in imports of articles like—or directly competitive with—polyethylene foam have decreased sales and production at Polyair Corporation in Youngstown. 

 The TAA program is a federal program that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose work hours 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 allowances, and relocation allowances. Qualified workers may quickly return to employment through a combination of these services.

 More information about the TAA program can be found at the Department of Labor’s website here.