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Verso Corporation closure impacts more than just employees

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WAOW) -- Friday was the last shift At the Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids for hundreds of employees that lost their jobs. As employees pull out of the parking lot, they and officials are asking what the next steps are.

The Verso Corporation has impacted Wisconsin Rapids and surrounding communities for decades. But during a time of uncertainty, Verso officals announced last month that the paper mill will close indefinitely.

So, United Way South Wood and Adams Counties along with local lawmakers, have been hard at work to come up with external resources for those laid off.

Members of United Way along with Representative Scott Krug and Senator Patrick Testin have been serving on a Rapids Together Task Force, creating a website for the public.

The site is full of resources that can assist anyone to refine an existing skill or even how to file for unemployment. Not only that the data from the website helps identify where there are gaps.

"If there's something missing it can help us determine that we might need to seek out another program that could fill a need," said Tari Jahns, CEO for United Way South Wood and Adams Counties.

According to Rep. Krug, the logging and forestry co-op has expressed interest in the mill. Krug says, "they have done a lot of the leg work that needs to, to pull something together before the end of the year."

Verso officials say an unknown number of employees will continue to work for an unknown amount of time, to continue limited operations.

Amanda Lojewski

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