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Husky hopes to hire laid-off IBM workers

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From things you eat, drink or use every day, chances are they were made with the help of one Vermont company.

"The plant is 250,000-square-feet on 700 acres," said Geoff Glaspie, the plant manager of Husky.

Husky in Milton is the industry leader in injection molding equipment and it's hiring.

"We have 10-15 openings and there's a range of positions from manufacturing to project engineering, application engineering, stock room positions, manager role," Glaspie said.

That's good news for IBM workers that lost their jobs last week.

"I think the people are anxious at this point-- it's pretty fresh. This just happened to them and they're still in the midst of figuring out what direction to go in," said David Lahr of the Vt. Department of Labor.

The state's Rapid Response team held its first informational sessions Wednesday for recently laid-off IBM workers, explaining how to apply for unemployment, health insurance and new jobs.

"We discussed the training and resources available to them if they want to change occupations or enhance their skill level to go back into the labor market," Lahr said.

Husky says at least half the 15 positions would be suitable for those IBMers.

"We would absolutely look at IBM employees closely because they're a professional organization, they're well-trained people and we'd love a first shot at them," Glaspie said.

Along with international opportunities at Husky Injection Molding System, the company says benefits like gym and cafeteria onsite also makes the business desirable.

"Our compensation is competitive, the benefits package is extremely attractive," Glaspie said.

"Most of the questions we're getting is I need to be able to access unemployment compensation, I need to provide shelter for my family, and then I need to get back into the workforce," Lahr said.

The state says that 35 of the 200 people who showed up Wednesday lost their jobs at IBM because of outsourcing overseas. The state says that means it can apply for more federal funds to help them find new jobs.

For more on those jobs at Husky -- www.husky.co/EN-US/

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