State gets grant to help unemployed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri has been awarded a $557,000 federal grant to help about 175 workers laid off by Fasco Industries in Ozark.

Fasco, which produced fractional and electric motors, closed in December 2002 to move its operations to Mexico. About 400 people who worked for Fasco were laid off at various times throughout the year.

The National Emergency Grant is intended to supplement job training programs the state already has in place for the dislocated workers.

"Unfortunately, some companies continue to be heavily impacted by the sluggish economy, and we have seen a large number of layoffs as a result," Joe Driskill, director of the state Department of Economic Development, said in a statement.

Driskill said applying for the grant was proof of his department's commitment to helping laid off employees find new jobs.

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