Federal grant will help former Hinckley workers

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $394,617 grant to assist about 60 workers affected by layoffs at The Hinckley Company, a leading producer of pleasure boats and yachts in Trenton, Maine.

"This grant will provide the retraining and job-search assistance necessary for these Mainers to enter new careers in promising regional industries," labor secretary Hilda L. Solis said in a statement.

Awarded to the Maine Department of Labor, this grant will be operated by the Eastern Maine Development Corp. The grant will provide affected workers with access to dislocated worker services including individualized career assessments and planning services, recruitment, case management, job-skills training, basic computer skills training and job placement.

Layoffs at Hinckley took place between October 2008 and June 2009.

This grant will be funded by resources made available for National Emergency Grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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