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Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board Works To Find Jobs For Cordova Allen-Harim Workers

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EASTON, Md.-  The announced closure of the Allen-Harim plant in Cordova comes as a harsh blow to the 300 employees there, many of whom do not have a job waiting for them, and the hundreds more who relied on their business.

"Anytime you have an employer that size leave an area like Cordova it's going to have an impact.  It's going to impact the regular business people there in Cordova who relied on the workers to come in for a cup of coffee or a sandwich, so there is going to be some drop off there," said Corey Pack, council president for Talbot County.

But the good news for workers at the plant is that there are other jobs out there, and that's what the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board is positioning themselves to help with.

"The company, Allen Harim, has allowed us on site.  We brought a team there made up of several of our workforce partners to assist the workers to transition to new jobs with job training and other services that will lead them to a new job," said Executive Director Daniel McDermott.

So far, workers have been taking advantage of the program.

"We've been there two and a half days and we've talked to 70 people, and we've had a big uptick in people interested in retraining," said McDermott.

Despite the dire circumstances the closure of the plant is bringing to some, McDermott believes it can end up positive.

"We really feel that there are jobs out there.  Some of those jobs may require a little bit of training and skill upgrades.  We have the money and the ability to do that, so we are very optimistic of the chances," he said. 

The plant closes in July and the jobs are being consolidated to Delaware.  The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board says they will be on campus again in the future.  They say if any workers are interested in what they have to offer, stop by the trailer in the parking lot on days that they are available in Cordova.  All services are free to workers through a grant through the department of labor.

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