Worksource to aid Harbor Paper employees

Harbor Paper employees should soon begin seeing unemployment benefits, with Worksource Grays Harbor conducting two rapid response meetings for the former mill workers July 16.

Mike Michener, a Worksource administrator, said the meetings are geared toward helping the unemployed workers make ends meet and utilize training programs.

“They stopped being paid some time ago,” Michener said. “But as far as we know, nothing’s changed recently. People are still hoping they’ll start running again.”

The mill stopped operations back in February, with Harbor Paper officials citing management restructuring as a reason for the shutdown. Elliot Rust Holdings, the company that owns Harbor Paper announced in March that mill operations would resume “shortly” — but the re-opening has yet to happen.

Lisa Tener, an Elliott Rust Holdings spokeswoman, told The Daily World at the end of March that an announcement about the mill’s future would be made soon. But despite frequent requests for information, Elliott Rust Holdings and Harbor Paper haven’t provided any new comments.

The meetings will take place July 16 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the SouthShore Mall community room.