Agencies offer help to Osram Sylvania employees

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) – Local agencies are offering a helping hand to Osram Sylvania employees, who were informed late last week the plant is getting ready to close its doors.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa held a meeting Monday for the 88 workers who will potentially lose their jobs once the longtime lighting manufacturing plant closes in September.

Representatives from the Department of Labor and Training were also on-hand to discuss job assistance and education options that will be made available to those employees.

A current employee told Eyewitness News he was impressed by the show of support for the company’s 88 workers.

“You just don’t know what to do, figuring how do I progress from here? How do I go? What do I do?” said Mark Wildenhaim, “That’s why I want to thank the state agencies and the local government here for taking this step forward to move out and try and find things for the employees that are going to be affected. It’s appreciated.”

Union representative of United Steel Workers, Andrew Slipp, said Monday’s gathering was impressive.

“My thanks go out to all the government agencies involved, too often we’re inclined to say what does government do for us, well here’s what it does.”

Diossa said he’s focused on making sure the Osram plant does not stay empty for long, and that the city is working to spread the word for potential businesses looking to move their operation to Central Falls.

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