ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 26, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley released the following statement on the manufacturing restructuring plan announced by BP Solar today:
“Yesterday I, along with members of my staff and the Department of Business and Economic Development, was briefed on BP Solar’s restructuring plan. The closure of BP’s manufacturing arm in Frederick, MD will impact hundreds of workers and their families, and I have directed rapid response teams at DBED and DLLR to immediately begin reaching out to impacted workers and their families. These state agencies will work closely with local officials and representatives from BP Solar to make sure impacted workers have access to all available resources, unemployment insurance, and job training.”
“While Maryland’s unemployment rate remains below the national average, today’s announcement is a reminder for all of us that families in our state are not immune from the global economic downturn. At the state level, we are doing all that we can to create the conditions for further economic growth for our State, including emergency legislation that I signed yesterday to create jobs and strengthen Maryland’s unemployment trust fund.”
Background on Available Services:
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, in partnership with the Department of Business and Economic Development, local Workforce Investment Boards from across the State, and local/county unemployment insurance offices, stand ready to assist the individuals impacted by the layoffs announced today by BP Solar.
With the cooperation of BP Solar officials, the response team will be offering rapid response activities at the Holiday Inn in Frederick, 5400 Holiday Drive, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:
The response team will assist impacted workers by helping them apply for unemployment insurance, helping them with COBRA applications, assisting them with job placement and job searches, resume and cover letter writing, and by identifying local social service programs that may benefit these employees in their time of need.
Individuals from this layoff may be potentially eligible for Trade Act Assistance. If approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, these individuals could also receive additional UI benefits, training benefits, as well as other benefits as described in the Trade Act.
For more information on unemployment benefits, please visit www.dllr.maryland.gov