PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a grant to help about 100 textile workers who were laid off when a blanket manufacturer shut its doors in Maine.

Labor officials say the $553,000 grant will assist employees who lost their jobs when WestPoint Home shut down its plant in Biddeford last year.

The grant was awarded to the Maine Department of Labor and will be used to provide support services to laid-off workers as they train for and seek employment in new careers in high-demand sectors of the economy.


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