Missoulian week in review: Local news recap for May 11-17

Here are some of the headlines from this past week in the Missoulian. To read the full stories, click the link on each headline:

With about 150 workers set to lose their jobs at the Roseburg Forest Products factory in Missoula this month, officials with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry paid a visit this week to try to help them land on their feet.

Roseburg has operated a particleboard plant in the Northside neighborhood for decades, but the company announced the Missoula facility will be shut down permanently on May 22. All workers will be laid off.

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To help ease the pain of the mass layoff event, state officials held a “Rapid Response” event over the course of two days at the plant on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Workers generally trickle in and out as they have a moment to step away from their workstations,” explained Sam Loveridge, a public information officer for the Department of Labor and Industry. “We typically have Unemployment Insurance give their presentation first and then Job Service Programs staff presents the training assistance options.”

— David Erickson, david.erickson@missoulian.com

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