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Labinal Employees Urged to Take Advantage of Local Job Services

SALISBURY, Md. - Just two days ago, Labinal Power Systems announced it would be closing its doors in Salisbury at the end of 2016.  Two days later, on Friday, local leaders met to discuss how to ensure the nearly 650 employees get all the help they need finding new employment.

Dave Ryan, the Director of Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development called the meeting on Friday of local leaders because he believes acting quickly and making help available as soon as possible to Labinal employees will help them in the long-run.

"We want to be ahead of the curve.  We want to be ahead of the game.  We want to be waiting on associates needing our assistance rather than waiting on us.  That we don't want," Ryan said.

The meeting held Friday at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce was attended by city and county leaders along with members of different state organizations.  The purpose was to make Labinal employees aware of what services are available to them.  

"We provide workforce development services, which can, for this particular company, can include resume assistance.  It can include referral to the board of services in the community.  Interview techniques," said Greg Eberts, a Labor Exchange Administrator for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

There is also help available from local institutions.

"We'll sit down with them, work with them, help define what their future might look like, and then we'll provide training," said Ray Hoy, the President of Wor-Wic Community College.

County leaders said they will aggressively pursue another business to come to Salisbury and take the place that Labinal will be leaving behind.  However, until another business in announced to be coming to town and hiring the Labinal employees, those employees should begin to take advantage of some local job services.

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