$285,000 state grant to help displaced Georgia Pacific workers in Duluth

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Friday awarded the city of Duluth $285,000 to help assist displaced workers following the shutdown of Georgia Pacific's hardboard plant, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

The shutdown of the plant was announced in August and operations ceased in October, costing 141 workers their jobs.

The grant will help Duluth Workforce Development give professional re-employment assistance for up to 80 of the 141 workers, the tribune reported.

The plant manufactured a product used in the auto industry.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness said during the news conference about the grant Friday that a local company offered to buy the plant, but it was rejected by Georgia Pacific.

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