- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Workers who lost their jobs when the Weyerhaeuser Company shuttered its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls are now eligible to apply for federal benefits.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (https://bit.ly/2gbYQ1p ) that the U.S. Department of Labor announced the Columbia Falls mill workers laid off from Aug. 23, 2015, through Nov. 22, 2018, may be eligible for support in job searching, training, relocation funding and health coverage tax credits that are earmarked for industry workers who lost their job as a result of international trade or competition.

The Seattle-based timber company announced in June that it was closing its mills, resulting in 240 jobs leaving Columbia Falls.

The Kalispell Job Service filed a petition with the U.S Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Program on behalf of the workers.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com

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