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Grants awarded to help hundreds affected by GM Lordstown cutbacks

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will be getting nearly a million dollars to help several hundred workers in northeast Ohio, including some of those who were laid off by GM Lordstown. 

The Department of Labor announced $875,000 in National Dislocated Worker Grant funding that will be awarded to ODJFS in order to help. 

According to a release, the funding will go towards assessing workforce needs and helping to provide workforce training and other "critical supportive services".

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Representative Tim Ryan applauded the move, both having written to the Department of Labor to encourage the help in August. 

According to a joint release from the lawmakers, the $875,000 in funding is an initial investment, and the Valley could qualify for more grant funding- up to $1,750,000. 

Rep. Ryan's office says the funding will go toward helping 337 former employees, all of whom worked at GM Lordstown, or at companies which saw downsizing as a result of the GM Lordstown announcement. 

The Department of labor has not yet released information about which other three companies are covered under the grant, however, Congressman Ryan's office says those who are to receive help may have already been chosen. 

"After Ohio gave millions to this company, GM turned around and laid off thousands of workers – all while making record profits and reaping the rewards of the tax bill," said Brown. "This Department of Labor grant will help the workers who built this company access the resources and retraining needed to find new jobs and support their families."

"I welcome this federal assistance for workers laid-off by GM Lordstown. General Motors' sudden and drastic employment reduction has not only harmed the economic security of workers at the Lordstown Assembly Complex. The massive layoffs are sending ripples through the broader automotive supply chain, adversely affecting the entire region. These cutbacks were no fault of the workers, who are the best our nation has to offer. I will continue to fight in Congress to make sure that every single worker at the Lordstown facility is taken care of until they can be hired back, or find work elsewhere. I will also keep up the pressure on the Trump Administration and GM leadership to take any and all steps necessary to assure the facility has a place in our community. My goal is and will remain a fully staffed, robust production facility at GM Lordstown. The economic well-being of Northeast Ohio depends on it," said Congressman Tim Ryan. 

21 News has reached out to the Department of Labor for more information on the specific services that will; be provided to those who need help.

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