Former Lowe’s employees to benefit from Dislocated Worker Program

The Dislocated Worker Program has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to provide services for 585 workers who were laid off at eight Minnesota businesses.

The former employees at Lowe’s, Superior Plating Inc., Cerenity Senior Care Center, G&D Integrated, Mesaba Airlines, Verso Paper, and Reynolds Food Packaging will receive a variety of services designed to help them get back to work, including assistance with exploring new careers, updating skills and learning job-hunting strategies.

“Losing a job can cause significant stress for workers and their families,” said Mark Phillips, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), which administers the program. “The Dislocated Worker Program helps ease the transition for people who are looking for new work or want to train for new careers.”

The following grants were awarded:

• Lowe’s, Cambridge, $200,000. Dislocated Worker Program services will be available to 50 employees whose positions were eliminated when Lowe’s closed the Cambridge store and others around the nation to focus on more profitable locations.

Local contact: Tony Thomann, Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, 612-325-8746.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and services, visit