Plant in Bennington to Close, 143 Jobs Being Lost

Published 02/20 2014 02:58PM

Updated 02/20 2014 06:11PM

A plant in Bennington that makes carbon composite components for cars will close in May, leaving 143 workers jobless.

According to a spokesperson for the company,
James Staargaard, president of Plasan Carbon Composites, made the announcement Thursday. He said the company will consolidate its operations to a Plasan plant in Michigan.

FOX44 & ABC22 asked if the 143-affected employees would have a chance to relocate and we were told the details of that are still being discussed.

Employees are being offered a severance package, but the details of that are not being disclosed. 

Members of the Bennington Delegation responded to the news:

“Our priority will be to focus on finding the employees that have lost their jobs new employment opportunities as soon as possible,” said Senator Dick Sears, (D-Bennington District). “We will be coordinating efforts with Commissioner Annie Noonan and the Department of Labor to ensure these workers have access to all available State and Federal resources. I am hopeful these efforts will lead to job placement for the workers that have been laid off to help ensure the vitality of Bennington.”

“My primary concern in the wake of this news is the economic security of the employees who have been laid off.” said Representative Bill Botzow (D-Bennington), “We in the legislature will work diligently with the Department of Labor and the Department of Economic Development to utilize our resources to help support working Vermonters.  It is my priority that those without employment will be able to return to the workforce quickly.”

“The Vt. Department of Labor has already been engaged by representatives of the company, in order to explain all available State and Federal resources,” said Annie Noonan, Commissioner of the Department of Labor. “In layoff situations, the affected workers will be eligible for job placement assistance, education and retraining through the Dislocated Worker program, as well as unemployment insurance benefits. In addition, the VDOL will be working with the USDOL on bringing additional funds to the workers through a National Emergency Grant and the Trade Adjustment Act. VDOL’s Rapid Response Team will be working with Plasan to setup on-site to present this information to the workers, as well as start the paperwork for unemployment and reemployment services.”

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