The U.S. Department of Labor is issuing a $918,010 National Emergency Grant to 325 laid-off workers who lost employment at Polaris Industries in Osceola, Wis., and Robin Manufacturing USA Inc. in Hudson, Wis., to help them find new jobs.

"The majority of workers being displaced from Polaris Industries and Robin Manufacturing have been at the same factory jobs for many years," says Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "That longevity, along with other factors, makes it important for the government to assist these workers, so they may upgrade their skill sets to meet the needs of growing industries. Advanced manufacturing and health care are among this region's most in-demand fields."

The Polaris facility, which manufactures all-terrain vehicles, started layoffs earlier in 2011, and they are expected to continue through December. Robin Manufacturing, a producer of small engines for all-terrain vehicles, shut down in July 2011.

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