Emily Brown

(KPAX) The Missoula Economic Partnership on Wednesday said it would assist the employees who lost work with Roseburg after the company announced its plans to close.

MEP serves as the city and county of Missoula's economic development agency.

"When an employer announces a closure, we help to mobilize our partners, our resources through state and local government," shared Missoula Economic Partnership Deputy Director Nicole Rush.

She continued, "Since the announcement [sharing the closure of Roseburg Forest Products] we worked with the HR team over at Roseburg as well as the Missoula Job Service. They are already working together to connect employees to the benefits they're eligible for through unemployment insurance, benefits related to retraining if they decide to go back to school, connecting them to other employment opportunities in the area."

Rush also stated that the Missoula Economic Partnership will work with Roseburg and with the City of Missoula to find what companies will be best suited to take over the location. For now, however, she said it is too soon to say what will come of the site.