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Department of Labor meets with Hyosung officials

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Officials with the state Department of Labor met Thursday with officials at the Hyosung plant in west Utica.

Company officials on Wednesday announced that the plant would close at the end of the year. Seventy of the 85 people currently working there will be laid off in late April/early May; the remaining 15 will lose their jobs when the plant closes at the end of the year.

State Labor officials say that, thanks to the federal Trade Act, the dislocated workers will have a lot of help.

"They can get two years of job training and they can also get an extension on their unemployment insurance while they're in a full time training program," says Dislocated Worker Program Director Michael Clark.

The labor department will go into Hyosung in mid-February and meet one-on-one with workers, many of whom have primary languages other than English and may need ESL classes.

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