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Hero BX, Alabama LLC Workers Are Eligible for Additional Benefits

December 19, 2018

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For Immediate Release: December 19, 2018

Hero BX, Alabama LLC Workers Are Eligible for Additional Benefits

MOUNDVILLE - Workers of Hero BX, Alabama LLC, a subsidiary of Black Interests LP, Moundville, Alabama, who were engaged in activities related to the production of biodiesel fuel, may be eligible for benefits under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015). A petition filed on behalf of workers of Hero BX, Alabama LLC., Moundville, Alabama, was certified by the U.S. Department of Labor on December 7, 2018, according to Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) found that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. The firm was publicly identified by name by the ITC as a member of a domestic industry. The petition covers periods of unemployment occurring on or after December 28, 2016 through December 28, 2018. Under the TAARA 2015 Act, displaced workers may be eligible for benefits such as training, job search and relocation assistance, and Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC). For additional information on the HCTC, they can visit the IRS website at
If workers have exhausted their cash benefits under other state and federal unemployment compensation programs, they could be eligible for additional weekly benefits equivalent to the amount they were receiving under other programs. In order to receive Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) benefits, workers must enroll in training within 26 weeks of the certification date or their last qualifying separation or a waiver of the training requirement must be granted by the state Employment Service Division of the Alabama Department of Labor.
Hero BX, Alabama LLC., was also certified for Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA). Employees who are 50 years of age and older, who obtain full time employment after their separation from the affected employer, may be eligible for training and allowances under the RTAA program.
Washington stated that potentially eligible individuals will be notified individually as soon as they are identified.

For more information, contact Tara Hutchison (334) 242-8616 or Kelly Betts (334) 353-1548.
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