Department of Workforce Development: 70 employees to be impacted by closure of Oilgear Company

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MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has received a Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff (WARN) notice indicating The Oilgear Company will be closing its building in Milwaukee.

This closure will affect 70 employees beginning October 5th, 2015. Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board staff will provide Rapid Response services to the affected workers.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Dislocated Worker Program provides transition assistance to workers and companies affected by permanent worker layoffs. The Program’s local Rapid Response Teams help companies and worker representatives develop and implement a practical transition plan based on the size of the layoff event.

Types of services include:

  • pre-layoff workshops on a variety of topics such as resume writing and interviewing, job search strategies, and budgeting
  • provision of information about programs and resources through written materials and information sessions
  • career and resource fairs.

Workers affected by permanent layoff may also access basic re-employment services at no charge through the state’s Job Centers. Some services, including training assistance, may be an option for some workers after enrolling in one or more of DWD’s workforce development programs.

While all companies faced with permanent worker layoffs are encouraged to seek assistance from the local Rapid Response Teams, some companies may be required to give 60 days notice before a mass layoff or closing under federal and/or state law.

CLICK HERE for more information on the services offered via the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.