AUGUSTA – Lawmakers from Waterville and Winslow released the following statements Friday on the news that manufacturing company Midstate Berkshire has laid off 70 employees.
“The elimination of these positions is a real loss for our area,” said Rep. Thomas Longstaff, D-Waterville. “Midstate is an important part of our local economy, especially our essential manufacturing base. In the days and weeks to come, I will be working with my colleagues and state and local agencies to find ways to help those impacted by the layoffs.”
“Our thoughts are with the impacted employees and their families during this difficult time. These are our neighbors, friends and members of our community, and the loss of their positions really hits home,” said Rep. Catherine Nadeau, D-Winslow. “We are working to gather resources to help connect them with employment opportunities and however else we can.”
“It’s deeply troubling to hear of the consolidation of Midstate Berkshire’s Waterville and Winslow operations and the subsequent layoffs,” said Rep. Henry Beck, D-Waterville. “This unfortunate event underscores the need for Maine to invest in its industries and promote business and economic growth. As a representative in the area, I will do all I can to assist those who are now without employment.”
All three lawmakers have reached out to and are working with the Maine Department of Labor and CareerCenter to identify resources and assistance for impacted workers.