Echo Lake Foods workers getting help finding new jobs

CREATED Feb 4, 2013

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  • burlington nws kwg 12--Firefighters had the blaze Echo Lake Farm Produce in Burlington under control by Thursday afternoon, January 31, 2013, and continued to work to extinguish hot spots at the site. PHOTO: KRISTYNA WENTZ-GRAFF/ KWENTZ@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

MADISON - The Department of Workforce Development will be taking the workers affected by last week's factory fire in Burlington under their wing.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the eight-alarm Echo Lake Foods plant put 300 employees out of work.

“We are working closely with Racine County to do all that we can to help the workers and the Burlington community in the wake of this devastating fire,” DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said.

Newson said that DWD and the Racine County Workforce Development Center have scheduled Rapid Response orientation sessions for affected workers for Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Veterans Terrace, 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. Workers are encouraged to attend one of three sessions scheduled at the following times: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bilingual staff will be present to assist Spanish speaking workers.

"The Rapid Response services are part of the DWD-administered Dislocated Worker Program, which serves workers who become dislocated when a business ceases operations or begins mass layoffs," said Newson.

The orientation sessions will provide instruction on how to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits and provide a description of job services available.

Affected workers can also contact their local Job Center to inquire about services by visiting http://www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/directory or toll-free at 1-888-258-9966.

For more information about the dislocated worker program and services:
http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dislocatedworker/pdf/fact_sheet.pdf

To find local Job Centers: http://www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/directory/ or call toll-free 1-888-258-9966