The layoffs began in December 2011 and will continue through December 2012.
"The federal grant announced today will provide crucial job training and placement services to dislocated Wisconsin workers," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "This assistance will help qualify and connect these workers with jobs in growing local industries."
Awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the grant will be operated by the Bay Area Workforce Development Board Inc. and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board Inc.
The grant will provide re-employment assistance to many workers.