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Duluth gets grant to retrain workers from closed Georgia Pacific plant

About 80 workers from Duluth who lost their jobs when the Georgia Pacific hardboard plant closed this fall will be eligible for retraining and employment assistance through a state grant.

Duluth officials said today that they're getting a $285,000 state grant from DEED's State Workforce Development Fund.

The closing caught Duluth officials by surprise; they had said that company officials assured them previously that the plant, which made a thin hardboard product called Superwood used in the auto industry, would stay open.

About 140 workers lost their jobs; the state grant will help 80 who are "experienced but too young to retire and/or need additional training or assistance in order to return to the labor workforce," officials said.

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