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Associated Press, Published June 26 2009

Hoeven, state officials meet with JLG workers

BISMARCK– Gov. John Hoeven says the state will do all it can to help workers in Oakes, where platform maker JLG Industries is shutting down its plant in September.

The governor said he and other state officials met Thursday with JLG employees and city leaders. The Pennsylvania-based company makes aerial work platforms for commercial and military use.

The company announced last week that it will close its plant in Oakes on Sept. 24, due to the worldwide economic slowdown. JLG said the 61 jobs left at the plant would be cut.

State officials are offering counselors to help JLG workers say they will try to help find a new tenant for the Oakes plant.

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