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Missouri to Aid Laid Off Noranda Aluminum Employees

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Workers laid off from Noranda Aluminum in New Madrid, MO will get support from Governor Jay Nixion. 

KFVS-TV reports Governor Nixon announced Tuesday the Missouri Department of Economic Development will allocate $1.7 million in resources to support those affected by the plant’s layoffs. 

A portion of the funds will go towards helping workers with costs associated with housing, utilities, transportation, and emergencies for up to 3 months. 

The other portion will go towards helping workers find employment through job fairs and tuition for earning a certificate or degree.

Noranda officials announced in February the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The company has laid off nearly 850 workers after 2 pot lines at the smelter temporarily went idle early January due to an electrical circuit failure.