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State Dislocated Worker Program to assist Copps Distribution Center staff

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- The announcement Tuesday to close the Copps Distribution Center in Stevens Point took employees by surprise. Now the state will step in to assist them wherever possible. 

Whenever a large business closes, they notify the state’s Department of Workforce Development as required by law. John Dipko from the Department says now, their Rapid Response service can administer the Dislocated Worker Program, helping workers, companies, and communities affected by mass layoffs and closings.

Dipko says there will be meetings with the company, union representatives, and local service providers plus orientation for affected workers. They also survey employees to determine what help is needed, and coordinate employment and training agency services.

Many displaced workers will qualify for additional programs to get them back into the workforce.

Dipko says Wisconsin spends nearly $40 million dollars annually serving approximately 20,000 dislocated workers through various programs.