State program awards grants to help workers who lost jobs in Rogers

The Dislocated Worker Program has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to provide services for 585 workers who were laid off at eight Minnesota businesses including Lowe’s and Reynolds Food Packaging, both in Rogers.

The former employees will receive a variety of services designed to help them get back to work including assistance with exploring new careers, updating skills and learning job-hunting strategies.

“Losing a job can cause significant stress for workers and their families,” said Mark Phillips, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), which administers the program. “The Dislocated Worker Program helps ease the transition for people who are looking for new work or want to train for new careers.”

Among the grants awarded were:

• Lowe’s Home Center, Rogers, $240,000. Dislocated Worker Program services will be available to 60 employees whose positions were eliminated when Lowe’s closed the Rogers store and others around the nation to focus on more profitable locations. Local contact: Matt Derosier, HIRED, 952-303-8304.

• Reynolds Food Packaging, Rogers, $480,000. Dislocated Worker Program services will be available to 120 former employees at Reynolds Food Packaging. Jobs were lost due to transferring work to international facilities. Local contact: Matt Derosier, HIRED, 952-303-8304.

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