DWD has received the following Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff (WARN) notice:

PDQ Food Stores, Inc. – On October 9, 2017, PDQ Food Stores Inc., will lay off Wisconsin employees due to its decision to sell its assets and close its locations, which will be operated under new ownership. Approximately 313 employees will be affected. The notice states the buyer may hire some of the affected employees after the sale is complete.  DWD will coordinate initial communication with the company and will work with the Southeast, WOW, and South Central WDA Rapid Response teams to offer services to the affected business and workforce.

Contact: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722

Workforce Development Dislocated Worker Services Summary

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Dislocated Worker Program provides transition assistance to workers and companies affected by permanent worker layoffs. The Program’s local Rapid Response Teams help companies and worker representatives develop and implement a practical transition plan based on the size of the layoff event. Types of services include:

  • pre-layoff workshops on a variety of topics such as resume writing and interviewing, job search strategies, and budgeting
  • provision of information about programs and resources through written materials and information sessions
  • career and resource fairs.

Workers affected by permanent layoff may also access basic re-employment services at no charge through the state’s Job Centers. Some services, including training assistance, may be an option for some workers after enrolling in one or more of DWD’s workforce development programs. While all companies faced with permanent worker layoffs are encouraged to seek assistance from the local Rapid Response Teams, some companies may be required to give 60 days notice before a mass layoff or closing under federal and/or state law. More information about advance notice requirements is available at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dislocatedworker/.

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