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Dept. of Workforce Development: Wisconsin Business Closing & Mass Layoff (WARN) Notices: Bon-Ton Stores, Appleton and Wausau Locations

Bon-Ton Stores Inc., – Bon-Ton Stores Inc., has notified the state if its intention to close their facilities located at 4301 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Appleton, WI 54913, and 300 Forest Street, Wausau, WI.  These closures are expected to occur within the next eight weeks but no later than April 1, 2018 and affect 75 and 63 workers respectively.  DWD and our partners at the Bay Area and North Central Workforce Development Boards will work with the affected workers to offer rapid response services. 


the Southeast Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, will work with the affected workers to offer rapid response services.


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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