The company, bought in 2000 by Ingersoll Rand, is closing the Bristol factory, leaving about 110 people out of work.
Pink slips were supposed to start as early as this month. The place is set to be closed by the end of the year.
Nothing can really make being unemployed a good experience, but hopefully the federal aid will make it at least a little less painful and help people more quickly get back on their feet.
I wrote about this for Friday's edition of The Bristol Press (www.bristolpress.com.)