MADISON, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has approved federal aid for displaced employees at Madison Paper in Maine.
Officials announced last month that the mill will close by the end of May. Nearly all 214 employees in Madison will lose their jobs.
Madison Paper employees will be aided by the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign competition or production moving offshore. Madison recently won a trade case in which it accused a Canadian mill of receiving illegal subsidies.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins, independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin praised the assistance as providing a "crucial lifeline" to displaced workers.