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Workforce Organizations To Hold Employment Transition Event For Laid Off Ebonite Workers

West Kentucky Workforce Board via Facebook

Some Kentucky workforce organizations are holding information workshops Thursday to help employees laid off after the closure of a long-time Hopkinsville bowling ball company. 

Ebonite International announced the company’s closure Friday and employed 171 workers. 

The West Kentucky Workforce Board is partnering with the Kentucky Career Center and American Job Center for what’s called a “Rapid Response Event”. Coordinator Juliet Allen said the event will share information on available state and federal resources for finding a new job, understanding unemployment insurance and accessing referrals to other agencies.

Allen said the event will also tell Ebonite workers about the dislocated worker program, which assists with additional training needed for their next job. She said all of the services are federally funded and free to employees. 

The Rapid Response Event at Hopkinsville Community College has three time slots Thursday -- starting at 9:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. 

Most employees will receive severance pay until January 13.


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