$500.000 grant to help Corning workers in State College

The state has made a $500,000 grant to assist workers in State College who will lose their jobs when Corning Asahi Video Products Co. closes its doors this summer.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell announced the grant in State College on Friday. Mr. Rendell, a Democrat, said the money, taken from federal funds reserved for mass layoffs, is intended to supplement an effort already underway to provide re-employment and related services to the 1,000 workers and their families.

"But what everyone in this community knows is that the real relief will come in the form of new jobs," the governor said.

Corning Asahi announced in April that it intended to close the plant by the end of June. The company, a partnership between Corning Inc. and Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. of Japan, cited mounting losses on the glass it made for television screens.

Representatives of the Department of Labor and Industry's Rapid Response Coordination Unit said they have met with Corning officials and begun to coordinate employee group meetings to explain the range of available services. Those can include state unemployment compensation, job counseling, skills assessment, job search and placement, resume writing and social or personal help.

Also, officials of the state Department of Community and Economic Development said they are working with Corning Asahi and regional economic development organizations to formulate a strategy to attract jobs and businesses to facilities closed by the company. Corning Asahi has secured the services of a private outplacement firm that will join in the job-assistance activities.

"This closing could have a devastating impact on the region," Mr. Rendell said. "This is a primary example of why we need an economic stimulus package designed to invest in communities like those in Centre County that will create real jobs at good wages for our citizens."

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