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Laid-off Extrude Hone workers eligible for benefits |

Laid-off Extrude Hone workers eligible for benefits

| Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:00 a.m

Former Kennametal Corp. employees who lost jobs at the Extrude Hone subsidiary in North Huntingdon since July 15, 2009, are eligible for federal job retraining benefits and financial assistance because imports were a factor in the job cuts, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

Temporary employees hired through Adecco Employment Services and Kelly Services also are eligible, U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, said.

The Labor Department investigated a petition filed July 22 on behalf of the workers and found that increased imports of deburring machinery contributed to the job loss and decline in sales. The Labor Department did not say how many workers were affected.

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