Dates set for Ormet displacement meetings

DATES for sessions being planned to aid displaced Ormet workers have been announced in Monroe County.

Union employees’ Rapid Response sessions are scheduled Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. as well as Oct. 29, also at 8:30 and 1 at the United Steelworkers’ hall in Clarington.

A similar session for those who had 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 of the meetings will include an orientation, informational session, and tables also will be set up with representatives of trade schools, colleges and employers. There will be time for questions and answers.

Each session is designed to cover everything that a displaced worker would need to know regarding job training and opportunities so it will be necessary for an employee to attend only one session.

Harter also mentioned a job fair is scheduled Oct. 23 in nearby Washington County, adding it had been planned before the problems at Ormet.

That event, known as the Mid-Ohio Valley Job Fair, will be from 3-7 p.m. at the Junior Fair Building at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 922 Front St., Marietta.

According to announcement from the Mid-Ohio Valley officials, hiring employers will be on-site for this event.

It also was noted that due to many employers having an avid interest in hiring veterans, the first hour of the job fair will be open exclusively to veterans. Also, American Legion Post 64 is sponsoring the first hour with light refreshments for veteran job seekers and employers.

Those attending the Oct. 23 event 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.

In Monroe County, Harter said dates from the transition centers to be set up to assist displaced Ormet workers haven’t been scheduled as yet. Locations for these centers currently are being explored.

The final two potlines at Ormet were closed last Friday. This action was taken after the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio offered a $50 electric rate. 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 another company.

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