Team Meets to Address Layoffs at Verso, Lowe’s



ELLSWORTH — Recent layoffs at the Lowe’s home improvement store in Ellsworth and the Verso mill in Bucksport prompted an emergency meeting of the Hancock County Transition Team Monday.

State, municipal and local officials met at the Washington Hancock Community Agency to coordinate efforts to address the needs of approximately 200 displaced workers.

“Any information, I think, that we can get into their hands is going to be good,” said Ed Upham, state Department of Labor manager for the Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor.

Verso’s decision to mothball the No. 2 paper machine led to the layoff of about 110 workers, many of whom took early retirement or voluntary separation packages.

The Lowe’s store is scheduled to close Nov. 13, leaving about 80 people out of work.

State rapid response teams have been working with both groups of workers.

The career center has established a temporary office at Regional School Unit 25 Adult Education at Bucksport High School.

“Mainly what they’re there for right now is to be a point of contact for the displaced [Verso] workers,” Upham said.

Staff can answer questions and help people register for the state’s job bank and unemployment.

A peer support worker will also be hired, Upham said.

Resources:

Washington Hancock Community Agency: 664-2424

Eastern Maine Development Corp.: 610-1521

Tri-County CareerCenter: 561-4050 (Verso workers can contact a counselor at 592-3678, Lowe’s workers can call 557-3271)

Maine Consumers for Affordable Healthcare: (800) 965-7476

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Cyndi Wood

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Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.
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