WOODSFIELD - Monroe County officials are working to offer displaced Ormet workers as many opportunities as possible to find new employment following the shutdown of the remaining potlines this week.
The final two potlines at Ormet were closed this week after representatives from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio offered a $50 electric rate to the company. Ormet officials wanted a reduction from $60 to $45.89 in order to keep operating and to help ensure the company's possible purchase out of bankruptcy by Minnesota-based Wayzata.
To assist those now without work, sessions giving workers a chance to meet with representatives from trade schools, colleges and other companies are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 29 at the United Steelworkers' hall in Clarington. A similar session for those who have been salaried will be held Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. at the Clarington fire hall.
Jeanette Harter, director of the Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services, said each session is designed to cover everything that a displaced worker needs to know regarding job training and opportunities, so it will be necessary for an employee to attend only one session. The information covered includes resume writing and other job searching techniques.
Meanwhile, Harter said dates and locations for transition centers to be set up to assist workers have not yet been scheduled.
Harter also mentioned a job fair is scheduled Oct. 23 in nearby Washington County, adding it had been planned before the announcement of Ormet's closure. Those attending are advised to be dressed for an interview and to have a current resume. Those needing help with free resume preparation may contact OhioMeansJobs-Washington County at 740-373-3745 for information.
Harter said the first hour of that job fair will be for veterans only, as many of the companies involved are interested in hiring former military personnel.