06.27.05

Burr Announces $3.6 Million Grant for Displaced Pillowtex Employees

Federal funds will assist workers in job development and job placement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Richard Burr today announced a $3,611,688 United States Department of Labor (DOL) National Emergency Grant to provide continued employment-related transition assistance for the more than 4,000 individuals affected by plant and business closings in Cabarrus, Rockingham and Rowan Counties. The funds will be made available though the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

"We must do all we can to help sustain our workers in Cabarrus, Rockingham and Rowan Counties during this difficult period," said Senator Burr. "This grant will enable our workers to retrain for new jobs while paying for necessities such as transportation and childcare."

Thousands of individuals in Cabarrus, Rockingham and Rowan Counties were affected by the closings of local Pillowtex facilities. North Carolina received a pledge of up to $13,046,132 from DOL's National Emergency Grants program in August 2003, following the Pillowtex announcement. DOL awarded the State $6,434,444 initially and $3,000,000 in April 2005 as more Cabarrus County workers were dislocated from Kannapolis Energy Partners, Flour Industrial Services and Broadway & Son Electric, all located in Kannapolis.

DOL's National Emergency Grants provide employment transition-related assistance to dislocated workers. With this federal grant, the North Carolina Department of Commerce will be able to fund institutional learning, basic remedial education, on-the-job training, job development and placement, job search and relocation, and other support services to workers in Cabarrus, Rockingham and Rowan Counties.