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Labor department to help Peachtree Doors workers

POSTED: December 12, 2007 7:06 a.m.

The state labor commissioner said Friday that his department will provide assistance to workers who will lose their jobs at Peachtree Doors in Gainesville.

Commissioner Michael Thurmond said his department has been notified that 200 workers will be laid off beginning in January and continuing through March.

"The closure of the plant at Peachtree Doors and Windows will create a difficult situation for the workers and the community," Thurmond said in a statement released by his office. "I want the workers and their families to know they're not alone in dealing with this difficult situation."

Thurmond said the department was working with company management to discuss a wide-range of transitional services available to laid-off workers.

The labor department services include job search workshops and career counseling.

The agency also manages Georgia's unemployment compensation program.

The plant, located at 2744 Ramsey Road, currently has about 200 workers. Former employees said the number of workers had been as high as 1,000 with a number of reductions-in-force over the past few years.

The company told employees on Wednesday that the production of doors at Gainesville would be shifted to a plant in Wisconsin and their jobs would be eliminated.



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