No Funding Available To Retrain HDK Workers

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It's what some workers called their home away from home.

The Dry Kiln Plant in Harrisville housed nearly 30 jobs before its operations came to a halt last Thursday.

Its parent company, Bestway Enterprises, opted to sell - leaving the employees high and dry.

To make matters worse, the executive director of the Jefferson and Lewis County Workforce Center says with sequestration, there's no funding to re-train the workers for other jobs.

"Our new fiscal year began on July 1, and during the first quarter up until September 30, we will be receiving only 7 percent of our funding," said Cheryl Mayforth, Workforce executive director.

Because the Workforce Center is federally-funded, it's directly affected by the sequester cuts.

Mayforth says with less money, the center had to forego all trainings for displaced workers.

"This is where sequestration is hurting real, live people that need these services," she said.

Michelle LaPlatney has friends who used to work at the Dry Kiln Plant and says now they don't know what they're going to do.

"Any of them I've talked to don't know what they're going to do right now. I think a lot of them are kind of hoping that we can get someone to buy it. That way they can try to get back into what they were doing," she said.

The Workforce Center will receive its next round of funding on October 1 and, at that time, plans to offer training for any of the plant's workers who haven't found new jobs.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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