The announcement of Voyant and ALPLA Inc. shutting down their operations in Cortland County by the end of the year left the possibility of over 500 people without work.
The Cortland County Workforce Development office and Cortland Works Career Center have ramped up efforts to ensure that workers who will be displaced by the closure will have the opportunity to connect with businesses that are actively hiring.
Those who are affected by the closure can find assistance in looking for employment at the Cortland Works Career Center where services will be provided for completing online applications, updating/creating resumes and looking into possible training opportunities.
Cortland County Workforce Development Director Amy Buggs says, “While this week’s news has been disappointing, it’s been amazing to see the support coming from so many different agencies and employers in Cortland and surrounding areas”. Cortland County Legislative Chair, Kevin Fitch, stated, “We are saddened by their decision to leave Cortland, but the County is well-equipped with professionals in the workforce sector to assist in any and every way possible”.
Currently, nearly 30 companies have reached out to inquire on how to connect with workers from Voyant and ALPLA Inc. to inform them on career opportunities they have.
Anyone with questions or looking for direction, may reach out to the Cortland County Workforce
Development Director, Amy Buggs, at (607) 753-5071