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State grant will fund Fulton Co. career center

October 17, 1997

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - More than 700 workers laid off last month from JLG Industries Inc., got a ray of hope Friday with the announcement by State Sen. Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Fulton, that Fulton County would soon have a $200,000 state grant to open a career center that might help them find new jobs.

The center is expected to open in early November if a site can be found. It will offer furloughed workers help with job searches, education and retraining, according to a release from Jubelirer's office.

"I am optimistic that coordinating our efforts at one central site will provide direct access to vital resources to link dislocated workers with job opportunities," Jubelirer said in his release.

JLG announced in July that it would lay off about 850 employees in September, about 30 percent of its work force, because of what company officials said was oversaturation of products in the marketplace.

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Affected employees worked in the company's McConnellsburg, Fort Littleton and Bedford, Pa., plants. On Sept. 15, the company recalled 150 furloughed Bedford plant workers.

The company is Fulton County's largest employer with more than 2,500 employees. Its headquarters are in McConnellsburg.

JLG manufactures aerial work platforms.

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