Saturday October 10th, 2015 7:03AM

State stepping in to help Peachtree Doors workers

By Ken Stanford Reporter
ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says that the Georgia Department of Labor will provide assistance to employees who lose their jobs at Peachtree Doors and Windows in Gainesville, when the plant closes early next year.

Company officials announced Thursday plans to close the plant, on Ramsey Road, with layoffs beginning in January and continuing through March.

"The closure of the plant at Peachtree Doors and Windows will create a difficult situation for the workers and the community," said Thurmond, "and I want the workers and their families to know they're not alone in dealing with this difficult situation. Our staff will work closely with Peachtree Doors and Windows officials, as well as local business and political leaders to determine how we can best assist the employees affected by the plant closure."

Thurmond said the labor department's rapid response unit is working with company management to discuss a wide range of transitional services available to laid-off workers. These options include: on-site employee information sessions, unemployment compensation, job-search services, retraining options, resources of the labor department's career centers, surveys of workers to determine needs, special workshops on 'career options and resume waiting and interviewing skills.

The Georgia Department of Labor conducts job search workshops, career counseling, and provides resource centers in each office. Some job seekers may also be eligible for occupational/skills training, on-the-job training, General Education Development (GED) preparation and testing, and supportive services such as child-care assistance, transportation assistance and meals while enrolled in full-time training.
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